Five Ways To Keep Homes Cool Without Using Electricity Guzzling AC units and fans
Brits wait for summer sun all year – but when it comes the sun’s glare can bring a whole host of problems to UK homes, from hot and stuffy rooms to fading furniture and sleepless nights for the whole family.
When temperatures rise it pays to invest in some clever products that can help create a cooler, more comfortable environment.
There are lots of brilliant and quirky ‘life hacks’ for cooling down in the summer – from ‘cold water bottles’ to putting sheets in the freezer. Home hacks are just as important, yet often overlooked.
The top tip for a cooler home is to aim to regulate temperature all of the time, rather than letting a house overheat to then have to implement drastic measures to cool it down, although an ice fan is a great idea to blast a room with a quick fix.
These are the most effective ways to deliver climate control as well as keep electricity bills down.
The most effective way to prevent rooms from overheating is by reducing the amount of heat entering a room through the windows.
Forget expensive air conditioning units and electric-guzzling fans – energy saving window treatments like Duette® blinds, reflect up to 78% of the sun’s warmth.
It’s all thanks to the specially developed honeycomb design that traps air and reflects heat along with an innovative coating on the window-facing side of the blind.
Choosing these blinds – that are super stylish too – will help make rooms rooms cooler and more comfortable.
Duette® blinds can also be fitted to traditional patio, sliding glass or bi-fold doors without screwing or drilling – so homeowners can still let in the fresh air and the view in whilst also capitalising on the cooler evening hours by allowing air to flow naturally through the home
A top down bottom up operating system makes these blinds even more effective to concentrate the shade just where it is needed as the sun moves around.
The summer sun doesn’t just mean hot and uncomfortable rooms. Duette® blinds block up to 99% of UV rays, preventing colour fade and keeping furnishings and wallpaper within the home looking like new for longer.
Duette® blinds are perfect for south facing rooms, conservatories and summer rooms where the sun’s heat and glare can be a real problem.
Houses are full of powered appliances that give off varying levels of heat. Keeping powered items turned off will make a small difference but it all helps. The main offenders are ovens and gas hobs – swap indoor cooking for BBQing and salads.
Light bulbs also give off heat so take advantage of the longer sunshine-filled summer days and utilise the abundance of natural light as much as possible. Keep rooms cool after dark (and save energy!) by using lights minimally (or not at all) and be sure to unplug electronics and small appliances which also give off heat, even when turned off.
Thick fluffy rugs are great underfoot in the winter – but swap these out in the summer months for thinner, cooler fabrics. The Rug Seller www.therugseller.co.uk has one of the biggest choices of rugs in the UK, including a selection of natural fibre rugs and mats that are eco-friendly as they are produced using a range of natural products such as hemp, jute and sisal with stylish cotton borders. These collections offer unique textures that are hardwearing and very popular for high traffic areas such as dining rooms, kitchens, hallways and conservatories.
Painting houses white reflects heat. This advice was included in a booklet issued by the Department of Health explaining how to deal with periods of extremely hot weather. Similarly, keeping walls light and white in sun-filled rooms will also help them to reflect heat rather than absorb it. Reflective wallpapers are another option, or vinyl wallpapers can be a great option for summers, they are washable and come in a range of cooling colours. Also consider thermal a lining paper that will reduce outside warmth coming into a home from walls. Try www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk for a huge range of light reflecting wallpapers.
And when it comes to bedrooms – get climate control for your windows and your bed with smart solutions.
Duette® energy saving blinds bring a number of bonus features to bedrooms. As well as looking great, Duette® blinds will keep out up to 78% of the heat, so you can comfortably sleep in a cool environment. No more sticky nights!
Duette® blinds come in three transparencies: translucent, semi-sheer and completely opaque, the perfect blackout option as 99% of sunlight is blocked. Blackout blinds can help to create a peaceful haven allowing for a deeper, more restful sleep and a natural wake up time when the body is ready.
The unique honeycomb structure of Duette® blinds also absorbs noise with up to 45% of unwelcome noise from outside prevented to improve acoustics for a peaceful night’s sleep.
There is an abundance of natural as well as new and advanced options when it comes to bedding that will maintain better climate control even under the sheets.
Cotton sheets are still a great option during the summer months as this breathable material stays cooler than satin, silk or polyester options. For an especially cool and comfortable slumber invest in ‘breathable bedding’ such as The Fine Bedding Company’s Breathe Duvet or its specially developed Cool Touch pillow, both of which have temperature control action.
It’s also worthwhile investing in a thermometer within the home, identify rooms that are overheating when temperatures soar and look at ways to cleverly keep them at a comfortable 79F (26C) or below.
Staying cool in the summer doesn’t have to cost the earth – literally. Saving energy isn’t just for the winter, summer is a great time to power down.
If you would like more tips and home hacks, take a look at our Top Tips For ‘Low Impact Living’.