In 2022, the UK had a summer to remember as temperatures soared to 40 degrees (and beyond!). Many people were struggling to keep cool in their homes…what if this happens again in 2023? This is a genuine concern, so we’ve compiled some tips for homeowners.
Block Out the Sun
One of the simplest and most effective ways to help your house remain cooler is to block out the sun. Keep curtains and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day, usually from 11 am to 3 pm (but sometimes into early evening). This will help to reduce the amount of direct sunlight entering your home, keeping it cooler for longer. Also, consider investing in light-coloured curtains and blinds as darker colours absorb more heat.
Rather than opening the windows wide, close them during the day (the heat is outside, after all!). Open your windows at night when the temperatures are cooler, allowing a gentle breeze to flow through your home.
When you have your windows open, you should create a ‘cross draft’ by opening windows on each side of the house, allowing air to move through the home more freely. You can also keep the air circulating by running a fan or two to help with ventilation and make your home feel cooler. Once the morning comes, however, close the windows to prevent the heat from coming in.
Turn Off Unnecessary Appliances
Large appliances such as stoves and ovens can add considerable heat to the interior of your home. As much as possible, avoid using them during the hottest part of the day, or simply switch them off when they’re not in use. Appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, and fridges should be used in the early morning or late evening when the temperature outside is lower to help keep your home cool.
Install Awnings and Shade Solutions
If you don’t have any trees outside to provide shade, consider investing in awnings or outdoor shades that will help keep the sun’s rays away from your windows. This will help keep the interior cooler by blocking direct sunlight, as well as reduce the amount of heat that is absorbed through the glass. Awnings can also help to protect your furniture and floors from fading due to UV rays while providing extra insulation during the winter months.
Install Air Conditioning
You won’t believe the difference air conditioning can make in a hot UK home. Investing in an air conditioner is one of the most efficient and effective ways to keep your home cool and comfortable during those hot summer days. Be sure to purchase an air conditioner that is the right size for your home and have it installed by experts in air conditioning in Northampton or wherever you are based.
How does air conditioning work? Air conditioning units are designed to absorb ambient heat from the air and remove it. This process is done by passing warm air over a set of cooling coils that absorb the heat and transfer it to a stream of moving air that is then circulated back into your home. In doing so, the cold air is released back into the room, making it cooler and more comfortable.
One way to reduce the amount of strain on your air conditioning system is to install a thermostat. A thermostat is a device that monitors the temperature of your home, allowing you to set it at a comfortable level. This means that your air conditioning system will only be running when it is needed, saving you money on electricity bills (it doesn’t need to cost the world during these difficult times!).