Given that Britain doesn’t receive many hours of sunshine for most of the months of the year, summer is a great time to enjoy the best that the weather has to offer. But there are some downsides to the heat, especially if you live in a place where it’s difficult to cool down with ease. And if you’ve got kids or a newborn baby in the house, heat problems can be even worse and you may be worried that they will have an impact on your family’s health. Here are some of the best ways in which your home can be cooled down during the hottest months of the year.
Wise window choices
Other than doors, windows are the main points through which heat enters and leaves a home – and for that reason they should always be considered first when it comes to thinking about keeping the internal temperatures at a comfortable level. The problem, of course, is that windows need to keep your place warm in winter and cool in summer – aims which aren’t always compatible.
If your home has large windows that allow in a lot of natural light, it may be an idea to focus a bit more on how it will feel in summer – and that means windows which are double or even triple glazed are a good choice, as they can defend your rooms against UV rays much more easily than single glazed windows can. Window coverings which allow you to control the amount of natural light that comes in are also essential, and that makes shutters a good choice.
Invest in technology
During really hot summers everyone feels that air conditioning in their home would be a huge advantage. But air conditioning units can be expensive to install and run as well as time-consuming to maintain, and they’re also arguably not the most environmentally friendly option to take. If you’re still looking for a tech-focused solution to the heat problem, though, why not consider some fans to move the air around? Inexpensive to buy and compact enough to be placed on a shelf or ledge, they can quickly provide a room with some much-needed cool air. They can be noisy, though, so if you’re planning to put one in your child’s bedroom it’s wise to go for an option which is specifically marketed as being silent or low-noise – otherwise you may find it disrupts their sleep patterns.
While it’s definitely the case that the summer months can bring some happy times, hot weather can also bring issues. Extremely hot weather can cause discomfort – especially for the elderly and if you’ve got a young family around. Luckily, there are ways to solve the issue: whether you decide to fit adjustable shutters to your windows or simply pick up a few fans, you can make cooling down a breeze.