Written by Lisa Proffitt | 24th July 2019

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Top tips for keeping your home cool in a heatwave

School is out and parts of the UK are finally basking in sunshine and enjoying the scorching temperatures that have been anticipated all summer. With a hot and humid forecast and the sun beating down outside, it’s important to know how to keep your home cool.

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Here are some top tips on how to do it:

  • On a hot day it’s tempting to throw open the windows, but doing so allows in hot air and raises the indoor temperature. Keep windows shut and curtains or blinds drawn during the hottest part of the day and open them at night when the outside temperature drops.

 

  • Humans may be uncomfortable in a heatwave but dogs die in hot weather. Never leave yours in a hot conservatory or car, even for a short time. If your dog is left in a car parked in the shade with a window open, when it’s 22 degrees outside, the temperature inside can reach 47 degrees within an hour. Even access to a water bowl won’t be enough to prevent heat stroke which can come on in a matter of minutes and prove fatal. Check out rspca.org.uk for more advice on caring for your dog in the heat.

 

  • Everything you plug into an electrical socket generates heat. Unplug the computer, television and all mobile devices when you’re not using them.

 

  • No room in the house generates as much heat as the kitchen. We’ve waited a long time for barbecue weather so make the most of the long, dry evenings and cook and eat alfresco. If you do use your oven, cover pans to minimise indoor humidity.

 

  • Turn off the Aga and get it serviced before the autumn.

 

  • Place a bowl of iced water in front of a fan. As the water evaporates it will make the air cooler.

 

  • Steam causes humidity so avoid hot showers and limit the use of the dishwasher and washing machine.

 

  • Insulation is a long term strategy that will pay dividends all year round, helping to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer months. 

 

  • Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered that a lot of us are keeping our houses overly hot because of not using sash windows correctly. Aim to have an equal gap at the top and the bottom of the window so that cool air can flow in through the lower opening and hot air can escape through the top gap.

 

  • Global temperatures are rising, but the UK climate tends to chilly rather than tropical and most of us don’t have air conditioning which is expensive to install and expensive to run. If hot days seem endless, you can hire air conditioning units from £30 a week for some temporary relief.

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