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Top tips for keeping your home cool

Top tips for keeping your home cool

Our climate in the UK does not lend itself to our homes being kitted out with air conditioning. However, for the few weeks in the summer when temperatures can soar, we often struggle to settle or sleep well at night. MOLLY MAID, the domestic cleaning company, has some top tips for keeping your home cool during the summer months so your family can finally get a good night’s sleep.

Windows & Blinds

Contrary to what you might be tempted to do, a top tip for keeping your home cool is to do what you can to keep the hot air out by keeping windows closed during the hottest times of the day. Make sure you draw your curtains or blinds during the day and then open in the early evening when the heat has dropped and fling open the windows and encourage a through draught: remember moving air is cooler than still air. If you have beautiful sash windows, open the top and bottom windows by equal amounts as there is a theory that suggest the cool air comes in the bottom and warm air is pushed out through the top.

Appliances

Another top tip for keeping your home cool is think about your appliances. A surprising amount of heat is generated from appliances around the house, and switching them off can help avoid internal heat gains. Turn them off when not in use (don’t just leave them on standby), and make sure the backs of fridges and freezers have plenty of ventilation space – these appliances, in particular, can pump a lot of unnecessary heat into a room.

Fans

Fans can be a godsend when it comes to circulating air, particularly if you are finding it tricky to sleep in the heat. However, there are some top tips for keeping your home cool with fans. Remember to place fans on the floor pointing upwards since the air on the floor level is cooler than at ceiling level since it rises. Then place a bowl of iced water in front of it, so that the air that passes across it will be cooled on its journey.

Cold water bottles

We tend to forget about ‘hot water bottles’ and their uses during the summer, but they can provide a cooling alternative too! Try filling it with water and placing in the freezer. Then when chilled and part frozen, place at the foot of the bed and allow the breeze from the fan to pass over it also.

We hope these top tips for keeping your home cool this summer help to keep you well rested!