With sweltering temperatures predicted in the UK over the coming days, Brits have been advised on the best ways to keep their homes cool without air conditioning.
Overseas property experts from YourOverseasHome.com have revealed their top tips and tricks for beating the heat indoors when extreme temperatures hit the country.
From simply keeping curtains and blinds closed, to carefully considering where you place fans, these tips are simple and cost-effective to put into practice.
Chris Nye, overseas property expert at Your Overseas Home said: “We specialise in helping clients buy homes in warmer climates, often which have air conditioning – but not always.
“Over the years we’ve heard all sorts of tips and tricks for keeping homes cool in soaring temperatures, so we’ve collated a list of our favourites.”
Keep the windows closed
It might seem counterintuitive, but if the air outside is hotter than the air in your home, keeping your windows closed could help your home stay a little cooler.
Keep curtains and blinds closed
Much of the sunlight that enters your home through the windows turns into heat, so it’s a good idea to keep your curtains and blinds closed, at least during the hottest times of the day. You may even want to opt for blackout curtains to keep windows covered and block the sunlight out completely.
Manage the humidity
While dehumidifiers won’t necessarily reduce room temperature, they can help control the sticky, thick air that makes hot days even more uncomfortable. Humidity decreases the rate at which our sweat evaporates, making us feel much hotter and sweatier, so investing in a dehumidifier can make your home a bit more comfortable during the hottest and most humid days.
Use large appliances at night
Large appliances can give off significant amounts of heat, so try not to use them on the hottest days if possible. Instead, pop washing machines and dishwashers on overnight instead. This will also help save some money on electricity bills – it’s a win-win scenario!
Keep doors to unused rooms closed
If you spend most of your time in one room, consider closing the doors to the rooms you don’t use as often – like bedrooms and bathrooms. Closing off parts of the house can help keep the cooler air concentrated in a single area, and means the room you’re using the most will cool down faster – and stay cool.
Swap out incandescent lights
Incandescent light bulbs waste a huge amount of their energy in the heat they emit, so if you’re trying to cool a room down without AC, small shifts like switching to compact fluorescent lamps can have a surprisingly significant impact, while also lowering your energy bill.
Consider fan placement
Fans only keep air moving around, rather than actually cooling the air itself, so make sure you’re setting them up in the best locations. It’s best to place them next to open windows at night or in hallways so that they draw in cooler air to the warmer areas.
Opt for cotton sheets
Textiles like flannel sheets and fleece blankets are fantastic for insulation, but cotton is a far smarter choice at this time of year as it ‘breathes’ easier and stays cooler. If you really want to up the ante, pop your sheets in a carrier bag in the fridge an hour or two before you go to bed, so that they’re nice and cool for you to sleep on.
Keep your extractor fans running
Turning on the extractor fans in your bathroom and kitchen can help pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower out of your home.
Unplug electricals you’re not using
Plugged-in electronics generate heat even when they’re off or not in use, which can make an already hot home even hotter. Unplug things like toasters, kettles, TVs and device chargers when you’re not using them.