The last few days have been scorching, and while most of us enjoy the warmer weather, we remain on the lookout for ways to keep cool when the temperature goes up. Here are 5 handy tops to keep cool as a cucumber and stop your home from turning into a furnace throughout this mini heatwave.
KEEP COOL AT HOME: WINDOWS CLOSED & BLINDS DOWN
To prevent heat from entering your home, remember to keep your windows closed and your blinds down. What’s the best way to stop heat from coming in? We recommend thermal blinds or heat reflective solar film. They protect your home from the sun and heat while allowing some natural light to pass through. When night falls, it’s a good idea to open your windows. This will create a draught and reduce the temperature so you can get a good night’s sleep in hot weather.
USE PLANTS TO COOL DOWN INTERIORS
When it comes to keeping temperatures down, plants are an incredible asset. What’s more, they regulate humidity, which helps freshen the air. Imagine a dense forest, where temperatures are much more pleasant and comfortable. We recommend opting for plants that clean the air and are easy to maintain, such as philodendrons, azaleas, ficus, cactus, ivy and ferns.
To get green fingers:
- Learn everything there is to know about looking after your Swiss Cheese Plant
- Follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to make a hanging air plant holder
- Find out how to make a terrarium.
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HANG UP WET SHEETS
When temperatures soar, we recommend putting wet sheets and towels on your windows. As the water evaporates, it will help keep your home cool. Another tip: if your floors are made of tiles, stone or concrete, we recommend wetting them. And if you have a paved garden area, hosing it down will help keep the outdoor area a bit cooler. And last but not least, try placing water—in a bucket or basin, for example—at different points around your home.
THE BEDROOM: CHOOSE LIGHTWEIGHT BEDDING
To ensure a good night’s sleep in hot weather, replace your cosy winter duvet with a cotton or linen bedsheet. Do the same with pillowcases whenever temperatures rise. We also suggest spreading a damp sheet over your sofa to cool the space—just don’t forget to remove cushions, throws and other heat traps lurking in the living room.
UNPLUG LAMPS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
When it’s hot outside, you can stop electrical appliances—TVs, computers and ovens, for example—from overheating by simply unplugging them. The same goes for indoor lighting. And as days are now longer, you won’t need extra bulbs heating up your home. Keeping lights to a minimum is better for the planet too.
In the kitchen, avoid using appliances that generate heat and electricity. Instead of using the kettle, oven, cooker or microwave, why not have a refreshing salad and glass of iced tea?