5 Ways to keep your home cool during a heatwave

With heatwaves becoming more frequent here in the UK, we’re all looking for ways to keep our homes cool and comfortable. From keeping the air moving and creating shade indoors to enjoying cool evenings outside and avoiding the hottest times of the day, here are a few tips to help keep your home cool this summer.

Keep the air moving inside

Ensure that the air is moving through your home to keep it feeling cool. Open windows if the temperature is cooler outside than inside (usually at night) or use an electric fan to encourage air flow when the temperature is below 35°C. Some people also find that placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan brings the temperature down further.

Shade windows

Rooms that are exposed to lots of sunlight can quickly become very hot during a heatwave. You can prevent this happening by keeping blinds and curtains shut during the day. However, if you don’t want to shut out all of the natural light or block your views, an outdoor awning can be a really effective way of keeping a room cool and comfortable.

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Avoid the midday sun

The hottest time of the day is typically from 11 am until 3 pm, so try to stay out of the sun during this period to avoid the worst temperatures. Take shade under an outdoor canopy such as a garden awning, or retreat inside to escape soaring temperatures.

Relax outdoors in the evening

Make the most of the mild temperatures with extra time in your garden, patio or balcony during the evening. Whether you choose to enjoy alfresco dining with friends and family or simply sit back with a good book, spending time outdoors will help you stay cool and induce a sense of calm and relaxation.

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Bring the outdoors in

Houseplants can be a great way to help cool down your home. Plants naturally absorb hot air, and, as temperatures rise, they release water into the air, keeping them and the air around them cool. The most effective plants include palms, rubber plants and aloe vera.

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