We don’t all have the luxury of aircon in our homes, well let’s face it, living in this country hardly warrants it as the summers aren’t usually long or warm enough for it to be a reasonable investment. That said we do all love to rejoice when the weather does heat up and if you believe the forecasts it looks like we are set for one of the hottest summers in years which means the paddling pool will be out here as well as the garden furniture and BBQ.
With us being used to the cold weather, it can be a little hard to adjust. You’ll see the same people who were complaining on social media about it being too cold now focusing their complaints to the heat (there’s no pleasing some people, I may admit do doing this myself as this though). Whether you’re a fan of the heat or not, it can get a little too much. Here I have put together my top tips for staying cool and enjoying the weather this summer.
1. Keep your blinds and curtains shut when you aren’t in the house
If sunlight is getting through the windows, your home will be hotter. Sure, it might look a little like you’ve slept in if all the curtains are closed, but you’ll notice the difference in temperature when you do get home later on.
2. Wear light and loose clothing
There’s a reason you see linen trousers on the rails every year or that your dad has those cargo shorts in every colour, light and loose clothing will help you to stay cooler. Try to keep your clothes light in colour too, as darker colours tend to absorb the heat.
3. Get a fan for your room
Unlike installing AC, this won’t break the bank, and circulating air can feel really refreshing. Companies like CNM Online have fans; air towers and other air flow products available, Check them out and see what works best for you. We recently reviewed a fan and you can read about that HERE.
4. Invest in some summer bedding
Your duvets are made with different TOG ratings, which basically say how heavy they are. The heavier the blanket, the warmer you’ll be beneath it. Get a nice lightweight duvet and cotton sheets. Cotton really improves airflow and feels more comfortable and breathable than polyester.
5. Sleep with your windows and doors open
You need air to be able to enter the room for it to circulate, otherwise your fan will just spread more warm air around. Try to sleep with the window open to increase airflow and help cool air enter.
You should try to have your other windows open too when you’re at home. Keeping the windows/doors open will help air to circulate through the whole home and stop your room getting too stuffy.
6.Have the occasional cold treat
This is one of our favourites, and of course essential. Indulge in Ice creams, lollies and nice refreshing drinks. They’ll help you feel colder and hopefully taste great, win win really! Joshua certainly doesn’t complain of having an ice-cream treat to cool down.
7. Keep your appliances off when you can
When you’re using electricity, usually you’re generating heat. You should also try to reduce using the oven, eat fresh salads instead. You won’t feel as stuffy and bloated and the house will stay nice and cool. I like to cook extra so I can eat cold the next day, quiches and new potatoes are perfect summer foods which can easily be eaten cold tomorrow.
What are you tips for staying cool in the summer?
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