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We all love the summertime; the season of BBQs, picnics, bike rides, or those beloved trips to the beach! While it’s great to have the sun shining, you won’t want to break too much of a sweat, overheat or worse- get sick. If you aren’t lucky enough to have the privilege of aircon in your home (us neither), then let’s consider a few other ways to keep house cool in summer!
Consider your bedding
When the season changes, so should your sheets! You’ll also want to change your blankets and duvets. You’ll want light and airy cotton fabrics to ensure that you are not going to overheat while you sleep. Bamboo sheets are also a great option, and these are very eco-friendly and durable too. While you're at it, you can invest in some bamboo pillows or perhaps some gel memory foam pillows; both are designed to be well ventilated.
Once you’ve tried some of these light materials if you find that you're still sweating, why not try some moisture-wicking sheets? These work to absorb sweat with a smart fabric that’s sure to keep you comfortable at night. Another hack that you can try involving bedding is hang-up some wet sheets; you can hang them in front of your windows and doors to reduce the temperature in your home.
When the sun is beaming on your windows, especially during the hottest parts of the day, you’ll find that your rooms will get too hot and stuffy without the use of blinds. Curtains can sometimes cause a similar problem, due to being too thick. If you close the curtains, you are also missing out on natural light. With some beautiful venetian blinds, you can let in some natural light, keep the room cool, plus make a great style statement for your rooms!
If buying an air-conditioner breaks the bank too much, you can do the trick just fine with a few fans. Fans will help you to keep cool, and they will also help to improve the air circulation too. Using a fan can also help to remove odors in the form of those stuffy smells that can hang around in a hot room. Buying a fan will save you money compared to opting for an AC, air conditioners are generally only worth it if you are using them most of the year. If you live in a country that doesn’t have a long period of heat, fans might be a better bet. Perhaps you home has ceiling fans? If this is the case, you will want to ensure that you switch your ceiling fans to move in a clockwise direction. This setting will allow you to feel cooler as your fan ventilates the room.
Change your cooking habits
Using the oven too often during the summer is a surefire way to make your house too hot! Take advantage of the weather and cook outside, have BBQs or picnics in your garden; invite some guests over a make a day of it. You could also use the opportunity to use more raw fresh fruits and vegetables which do not require any cooking. Choosing foods that you can microwave is another way to reduce your use of the oven. (Who needs much of an excuse to have a BBQ party in the summer anyway!)
Turn it off
If you want to keep the house cool, avoid turning on the lights as much as you possibly can and make the most of natural light. Doing so will save you money on your bills too. While you’re at it turn off your electrical appliances when not in use also. Reducing your use of electrical appliances will not only keep your house cool, but you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint too!
Invest in awnings
Awnings are plastic (or other material) covers which are fastened to a building and supported by a frame. If you don’t have a conservatory, you can fasten an awning outside the room which leads onto your garden. This will allow you to keep this room cooler from the sun. An awning will also afford you more shade in your garden to relax out of the heat (when you eventually get bored of sunbathing)! Why not add some colourful garden furniture and flowers under your awning to improve the look of your home.
Summer is the season for prime time relaxation, schools out and days off work are on the cards. You’ll want to make your home as comfortable as possible so that you can enjoy the season to the fullest. Happy summer!
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