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How to keep cool in the heat

How to keep cool in the heat

Nothing is better that a sunny summer day, but periods of warm weather can make homes feel stuffy and dry.

Fortunately, we’ve got loads of tips for coping with hot weather, both inside and outside.
 

How to keep cool indoors

 

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Using a fan can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to lower the temperature in a room. A fan is a great way to have a cool breeze on a hot day and can be placed in different rooms as your needs change during the day.


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For larger spaces, or to keep rooms cool overnight, portable air conditioning units are an effective and quiet solution, however can be expensive. For a cheap alternative place a bucket of ice behind the fan, this will cool the air down as it passes! 


Use curtains and blinds

Opening windows, when they are in full sunlight, will allow warmer air into your home. Instead, keep your curtains or blinds closed at this time to keep rooms cooler.

Lined curtains work best at blocking out heat, and will do the opposite in winter by trapping warmth in your home.


Open windows and doors

Sounds obvious, however whilst windows let in light, they also let in heat. Opening windows when they're not in direct sunlight will help air to circulate and let in a refreshing breeze.


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Open doors inside your home to allow air to circulate. Door stops can be useful and prevent doors from banging in a breeze, or those scatter cushions from your bed!

Just remember to close everythign up if you are going out! 
 

Switch off appliances

Appliances, such as televisions and computers, emit heat when switched on. Rather than leaving these items on standby, switch them off completely to make sure they’re not adding heat into your home.

Switch to LED lighting

LED lighting is a more energy-efficient choice than halogen or older-style incandescent light bulbs, and it also produces less heat when switched on.


Dry laundry outdoors


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Rather than using a tumble dryer, which will generate heat, line dry your laundry outside. A washing line will get your drying finished in no time during warm weather.


Experiment with a summer menu


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Cooking using your oven generates heat in your kitchen, so consider barbecuing outdoors or eating lighter meals cooked on the hob for a few days. It’s a great excuse to try something new and fire up the barbecue!

 

How to keep cool outdoors


Be sun safe

None of us want summer days to be spoilt by sunstroke or sunburn, so take care to protect yourself and others. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day – between 11am and 3pm – and save hard tasks for early or late when it’s cooler. If you’re out in the sun be sure to wear a hat, use sun cream and cover up with loose layers.


Create a shady spot


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It’s wise to stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, so use  the natural shade or a parasol to create a sheltered spot where you can enjoy eating or relaxing.


Stay hydrated


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Whether you’re indoors or out, it’s important to stay hydrated in warm weather. Keeping cold drinks to hand is a great way to drink more water when it’s hot. Add a few slices of lemon or lime to water bottles before cooling in the fridge for extra refreshment.


 

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