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We spend all winter moaning about the cold weather and wishing it was warmer, but then when the summer arrives, and temperatures start to rise, we start to wonder whether the colder weather is better after all. We love the warmer summer weather because it allows us to spend more time outdoors having fun and being more active. However, when you are sat at home baking, that’s when you may begin to detest the warmer weather.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. The fact is that there are plenty of ways that you can beat the heat when at home, it’s just a case of knowing what steps you need to take to do that. By finding ways to keep yourself and your little ones (if you have any) cool while at home in the warm weather, you will be able to make the most of the sunshine and not spend the summer wishing it was winter.
So, with that in mind, the question is, how can you ensure that your home is summer ready and that you are able to beat the heat? For all the best hacks for beating the heat at home, read on.
Find ways to keep the heat out
The key to keeping your home cool in warmer weather is keeping the heat out, to begin with. The homes that tend to be the most affected by hot weather are homes with a lot of glass in them, which tends to be a lot of modern homes. By keeping the heat out, you can prevent your home’s temperature from rising, making it more bearable to spend time in. The question is, how should you go about doing this? If you’ve got an old home, one that’s built out of thick brick and has few windows, then the chances are that even in the warmer summer weather, it will stay cool. However, if your home has more glass in it and is built out of thinner materials, in the warmer weather, it will most likely get too hot. To keep your home as cool as possible, window tinting could be one option that’s worth considering. Especially, if you are able to get your windows tinted with Thinsulate – a type of insulating film that prevents heat from passing through it. If window tints aren’t an option, perhaps investing in blinds could be a good option to help keep your home cooler. Of course, you could just shut the curtains and keep them closed, but no one wants to spend the day in the dark, do they? So window tints or blinds could be a better option.
Be smart about home cooling
Obviously, you want to keep your home cool, especially if you have little ones to think about, but the question is, what’s the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to do that? Air conditioning is one way to keep your home cool; the only issue is the fact it uses a lot of energy, which comes with a high price tag and can have a huge impact on the environment. To keep your home cool, without breaking the bank or damaging the environment any more than necessary, what you want to do is implement a smart air conditioning system which can be set to only come on in certain rooms at specific times and can be managed via a smartphone app from anywhere. That way, you aren’t wasting energy cooling areas of your home that aren’t in use and can turn your air conditioning on before arriving home. If air conditioning is too expensive to run, how about going DIY and using fans and buckets of ice to cool your home? By placing a bucket of ice in front of a fan, you can create a DIY air conditioning system.
Utilize your garden
For those days when it’s baking, you want to be able to cool yourself and your little ones down without having to go to the local pool or hit the beach, because usually these places are rammed. The answer to cooling down at home is simple: utilize your backyard. Whether that means investing in a blow-up pool, creating a slip and slide, having a water fight, or building a swimming pool or pond, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you can cool down. If your garden is large enough and you and your kids love to swim, building a pool or swimming pond could be a great idea. If you are environmentally conscious, a swimming pond is probably a better option. Believe it or not, these can be just as clear as traditional swimming pools but are free from chemicals, and so, aren’t harmful to the environment. Plus, they tend to add value to properties and fit more seamlessly into outdoor spaces because they look more natural.
Keep cool at bedtime
By far the worst time of day when it’s hot is bedtime. Sure, as the evening goes on, temperatures do start to drop. However, that doesn’t mean that your home is as cool as you would like it to be when bedtime comes around. To make sleeping well in hot weather easier, there are some handy hacks that you should consider utilizing. These include taking inspiration from the Egyptians who would sleep with damp sheets on their bed, to help keep them cool, using only cotton bedding and cotton sleepwear, and investing in products like the Chillow – a pillow with a specialist cooling pack built into it. There’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep because of the heat, which is why knowing how to keep your home, and you and your children cool, is so important.
The fact is that you don’t want to spend the entire summer wishing the warm weather away, as you want to be able to get outside and enjoy it. That is why knowing how to keep your home and family cool is so vital so that you can make the most of the warmer weather.