We’ve got the hottest summer since 1951 here in Germany and going by my Twitter and Instagram feed it doesn’t look much different in the rest of Europe. Admittedly, I’m not a massive fan of the heat, but I won’t complain as otherwise it will rain. We’ve been spending a lot of time at the beach or in the paddling pool and we really try and keep our house cool by following a couple of simple tricks.
If you struggle to keep your house cool during the summer months or you feel that your attempts at letting cool air in (where should it come from in this heat), these tips might work for you and keep you chilled:
1. Block the sun out
Use black out curtains or blinds to keep the sun out, but make sure to avoid light colours or metal blinds as they will reflect the sun light and turn your home into a greenhouse.
2. Switch off
Every single device that is running in your home is producing heat – heat that you don’t need when you’re almost melting, so switch off every single gadget and device that you don’t need.
3. Get a ventilator
Be quick and get yourself a ventilator. Once the big heat comes, they’re often sold out and they’re really a god-sent when your suffering during a hot mucky night.
4. Air clever
Keep windows and doors shut during the day and air as soon as it gets cooler, e.g. early morning and evening. Create a natural draft, if you can. Simply open the downstairs windows on the shady side of the house and the upstairs windows on the hot side of the house.
5. Get some film on
Sun reflective window film can easily be applied to your windows, no matter, if you rent or own, and is a great way to keep the heat outside. While still letting in plenty of daylight, the adhesive film reflects around 60% of the heat coming through your windows.
6. Get a portable air conditioner
Getting air conditioning fixed can be really expensive. A much cheaper option is a portable air conditioner. They start at around £80 and transport hot air out of the house through a venting hose. Don’t let it run all day though, as they use quite a lot of energy.
7. Wet the bed
Well, not literally the bed. You just have to wet/dampen your sheets and hang them inside your open window. When the sheets dry, heat is pulled out of the air, which helps to keep your house cool.
8. Have a paint job
Home owners can prepare for the next big heatwave by painting their house in a light colour as opposed to dark shades. These store heat and make it difficult to keep your house cool in the summer months.
How do you keep your house cool in the summer? Have you got any tips or tricks you can share?