Here are five clever ways of keeping the inside of your home comfortable when outside temperatures hit an extra-high level! British households spend a lot of time, and energy, keeping their homes warm each winter.
Although London’s average temperature only hits a high of 23C in July and August, estate agent Eden Harper – which has branches in Brixton and Battersea – points out that houses can become far warmer if steps are not taken to reduce the amount of residual heat.
Only a small percentage of homeowners in London have installed air conditioning because it is only needed for two, perhaps three, months of the year.
But when the mercury rises your home can become unbearably hot, particularly at night when there is little movement air.
Fans can reduce the temperature in certain parts of a room down, but for every night it is on between 10pm and 8am a 7kw fan would consume 0.75 kWh of energy.
Here, Fulham estate agent Lawsons & Daughters offers 5 more energy-efficient ways of keeping cool at home this summer.
Keep your blinds closed
While windows are a significant source of heat loss in the winter months, they can also be a major cause of unwanted heat gain in summer.
By keeping blinds and curtains closed in the daylight, it is possible to lower indoor temperatures by more than 10C.
In other words, keeping curtains drawn or blinds down prevents a home from becoming a miniature greenhouse, which is especially the case for south and west-facing windows.
The opposite tactic applies to interior doors. If a door is closed in the daytime, it will prevent any hot air already in the room escaping.
Make your bed the epitome of cool
When temperatures rise, be sure to change your bedding. Use a lightweight 1 tog-rated duvet and ensure your sheets are 100% cotton.
As an extra measure, invest in pillows filled with buckwheat hulls. Why? Because buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them, so they don’t retain body heat.
And make yourself cool
Focusing on your own body temperature can make the hot summer nights far more bearable. Place a wet cloth in the freezer before sipping iced drinks. When the wet cloth is ice cool, apply it strong-pulsed areas of your body, such as the neck and wrists.
It is also advisable to wear loose-fitting 100% cotton clothing because this material breathes easier and stays cooler.
Turn off the lights
If your household has yet to make the switchover to energy-efficient LED lights, the summer is the time to change.
LED bulbs produce 3.4 British Thermal Units of heat per hour compared with the 85 BTUs per hour produced by old-style incandescent bulbs. The added bonus is LED bulbs are classified as non-hazardous waste, says skip hire broker Proskips.
Join the fan club
If temperatures rise so high that a fan is the only option, start be switching on the extraction devices fitted to most cookers and present in many bathrooms. They not only help rid homes of unpleasant odours, these types of fans also draw hot air away.
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