Keep your house cool during a heatwave

Are you struggling with the recent hot temperatures? If your home is overheating, here are our top tips for keeping it (and your family) cool.

Cooling down body temperature on a warm night

While it is often pleasant to enjoy the daytime heat and sun, most of us need our bedroom to be below 21˚C to have a comfortable night’s sleep. Today’s modern beds and mattresses can be heat traps, with the added problem of hot bodies releasing heat into the mattresses and pillows.

Your hypothalamus (brain!) controls body temperature and so keeping your head cool is essential for comfort. There are several ways of doing this artificially at night using mattress and pillow cooling pads. You can also look for cotton bedding which has heat-regulating properties to absorb moisture.  An extreme measure might be to freeze your sheets! Pop them in a plastic bag in the freezer for a few minutes before bed for icy cold bedding.

Keep a room cool naturally

Warm air rises, so it’s important to ensure that the windows at the top of the house remain open where possible. Essentially you should use a combination of cross ventilation, the rising of warm air and the venturi effect (suction created by air passing over flues) to feed warm air up and out of the house.

In other words, make the most of all that cooler night air by opening all the windows before you go to bed, letting the overall temperature of your house drop.

Cool a room without air conditioning 

Sadly, traditional fans don’t cool air down, but they do move air around which can help with comfort on hot nights. You can boost the action of a fan by filling a mixing bowl with some icy water or an ice pack and placing it in front of the fan, so it pushes the cooler air around the room instead. Another hack for cooling down your house is to hang up a damp or wet sheet near an open window. This will help cool down the temperature of the breeze as to flows into your room.

Keep a room cool that faces the sun

The sun provides valuable extra warmth for most of the year, but in a heatwave, it can serve to provide extra heat to rooms particularly on the southern elevations of homes. The simplest solution for bedrooms is to install blackout blinds designed to reflect up to 85 per cent of the sun’s heat.

Use your oven sparingly

While it may not be obvious, using your oven will raise the temperature of your home so avoid use when you can in hot weather. Try getting the barbeque out to keep the household temperature down.

Turn off the lights

Light bulbs, even if they are environmentally friendly give off heat, so switch them off whenever you aren’t using them.

If the heat is affecting your day to day life and home or business, you may want to consider air-conditioning solutions. To find out more, get in touch with the team at RSY today.

 

 

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