If you have to spend the summer in town, instead of taking a holiday, then you will appreciate the tips and tricks we are posting today. With one of the hottest summers we have seen here in Britain, it is essential to keep our homes cool to survive the heat waves. Here are 5 simple ways you can lower the temperatures in your place and enjoy this hot season.
Take Care of Your Ventilation System
Maintaining the ventilation and air conditioning system in good condition is one of the best ways to stay cool inside during the hot season. Clean the filters of your HVAC to minimise the dust around the house, and you won’t have to open a window to aerate the rooms so often. Test if the thermostat is working properly and clean the drainage hole of your air conditioner. These small check-ups and clean-ups have to be done regularly to ensure the flawless work of your ventilation and cooling system an keep the temperatures low even in the hottest summer days.
Don’t Put Away the Area Rugs
One of the common myths is that carpets can make the room warmer and that you have t remove them during summer. This is not true. Rugs, especially the ones made from natural fibres are actually acting as an insulator, and if anything, they can help remain the room temperature lower. However, if you have a carpet, it is a good idea to take advantage of warm weather and deep clean it. This way you will minimise the dust in the room removing the necessity to open a window and aerate the area and don’t let the heat from outside to come in. You can do the chore by yourself and try some of our tips and tricks or book a carpet cleaner if you don’t have the time to deal with this task.
Get Thicker Curtains
Blocking the light coming from outside, especially in the warmest parts of the day is a key to keeping the low temperature in the room during summer. If you have a set of thicker curtains, hang them and enjoy the immediate result. Another option is to invest in wooden blinds or buy thick curtains and install them during the hot season.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Humidity has the unpleasant property of making cold to feel colder and warm weather – to feel even warmer. Moreover, high levels of indoor humidity can lead to mould growth and can deteriorate the air inside. It can also damage electronic sand appliances around the house. This is why investing in a high-quality dehumidifier is a good idea. Minimising the levels of humidity inside will also bring relief to those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions in your household.
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Keep it Cool When Doing the Chores
Try doing those chores that use heat-generating appliances, like using the dishwasher, doing the laundry, or using the stove in the early hours of the day or late in the evening when the temperatures outside are lower. If possible use alternatives like cooking in the toaster instead of the oven or out on the grill. Hang the laundry on a clothesline outside instead of using the dryer. Computers also generate a lot of heat if left running through the day. Be sure to turn them off whenever you are not using them. All these steps will also lower your electricity bills and save you some money.
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