How to Keep Your Home Cool in summer
Summer is in full swing and the weather has finally started to warm up, but if there’s one thing British people are ill-equipped to deal with, it’s a drastic change in temperature. While our American counterparts are dependent upon energy-consuming air conditioning during the summer months, we try to find other ways.
I spoke with Oro Bianco, who specialise in high end interior design in London, to discover the easiest methods to use for cooling our homes during the summer.
As tempting as it might be to open a window as soon as your house starts heating up, this will, in fact, do you no favours. The best way to keep a house cool is to make sure heat cannot get in, which means trying to keep your windows, especially those which face southwards, firmly shut. Instead, cover them with curtains or blinds during the daytime hours and only open them up when the sun is down or during the night time, so you can get a good night’s sleep.
If it really gets unbearable and you find yourself in desperate need of some fresh air, open a window which has the ability to create a draught that passes through the rooms in your house, since air that moves is cooler. You can do this by opening windows at opposite ends of your home, whilst ensuring doors are open so that air can travel across more easily.
This may not normally be a word you would associate with cooling down, but in fact, good insulation built into your home can be used to deflect heat and prevent the building-up of hot air. If you don’t have it already, you can get an insulation board or cavity wall insulation fitted, which will also help keep your home warm when winter approaches, reducing energy costs.
Block out light
Nothing has the ability to heat up a room more than direct sunlight, which is why keeping the curtains or blinds closed when the sun is up is vital for preventing heat absorption. If it matches your interiors, purchasing window shades in darker colours, such as black or brown, is best for deflecting light.
Turn off appliances
You might be shocked to learn just how much heat generates from appliances which are left on or in standby mode all day. As such, it is wise to turn all non-essential appliances off when you are not using them. Not only will this help in cooling down your house, but it’ll also mean cheaper electrical bills – what’s not to love?
Do you have any other savvy tips on how to cool down the house?