Eight ways to keep your home cool without air conditioning
British summer is in full swing with temperatures hitting around 32C in parts on Sunday – and other days to come.
One of the things many of us can miss from working in an office is air conditioning – and it probably won’t be easy or cheap to get an air conditioning unit to keep your home cool.
But there are quick and easy ways to lower the temperature and make your home more comfortable on a hot day.
Here’s how to keep your home cool during the summer heatwave …
1. Get a fan
Less than a percent of UK homes have air conditioning (and most of the time we all know why), so if you want cold air to blow over you, a plug-in fan is probably the best way to go. simple. They only offer temporary respite, but on a really temporary respite in hot weather is more than enough.
For more frosty sensations, place a bowl of ice or ice water in front of your fan, which will help cool the air that the fan blows in your direction.
2. Sleep on cotton sheets
Put away duvets, quilts and blankets for bedtime, cotton should be your material of choice for sheets on those long hot summer nights. Even more breathable than satin and silk, light-colored cotton sheets are probably the coolest coverings you’ll find. And if things get really, unbearably hot, try putting sheets in a plastic bag and stashing them in the freezer for a bit, before putting them back on the bed for a super cool sleep.
3. Close the curtains
Closed curtains and blinds are often associated with clutter, but by exposing all of your windows at the start of a scorching day, you can lock yourself in a huge greenhouse. Blackout shades are especially good at blocking out incoming rays if you’re up for something a little more sturdy.
4. Fill in the gaps
You’re looking to physically keep as much heat as possible from entering your home, and there are some surprisingly brutal methods that could help you do just that. Towels or windbreaks can do the trick around doors and windows, while do-it-yourselfers can patch cracks in masonry with a commercial sealant.
Keep your windows closed during the day and only open them to let in cooler air at night. If you must engage in window opening during the day, be sure to open the windows on either side of the house and keep the doors open to create a draft.
5. Invest in indoor plants
Houseplants can help soak up a stuffy room with moisture, and window sill staples like rubber plants, snake plants, and peace lilies can help create a more breathable microclimate. Some flora adapted to indoors even suck up pollutants and particles – aloe plants come to mind – potentially helping you manage the heat a little easier.
6. Turn off your technology
Household appliances give off a surprising amount of heat, especially when charging. Turn off computers and televisions rather than leaving them on standby, and try to leave enough space behind refrigerators and freezers for ventilation. If your laptop is on your lap, you will be able to feel the heat very directly, and if you can, it may be a good idea to turn it off periodically during the day.
7. Engage in cooling activities
It’s not rocket science, but cold drinks can cool you down; damp rags can make you feel cold; and cold showers can refresh you a lot . Ice your wrists, dip your feet in a bucket of cold water, eat lots of popsicles – the choice is yours.
8. Turn off the lights
The benefits of marginal heat loss don’t outweigh your toe hitting, so always flip the switch if you go to the bathroom after hours, but the bulbs give off heat as well as light. , and a naturally lit house tends to be a cooler house.
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