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7 Short-Term Home Hacks to Survive The Summer Heat Wave
Summer: it’s a time of celebration and festivity! Although, it’s also a time of sweating, heat stroke and incredibly intense weather.
Unless you live near a body of water, it can be seemingly difficult to cool down during the warmer months. However, all is not lost! So you can beat the heat, we’ve put together 7 short term home hacks brought to you by All Weather Blinds, that are sure to keep you as chilled as a cucumber this summer.
Keep your blinds closed
During the hottest part of the day, it’s important to shield your home from the sun’s rays that will invariably heat up your space. When you leave for work in the morning, leave your blinds, curtains and shutters closed. This simple trick can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees! Then, when you come home from work in the evenings and the sun has set, open your blinds to let the fresh night air in.
Utilise natural air conditioning
There are a few ways that you can apply some ‘natural air conditioning’ to your home.
Try opening all the windows and doors in your home to create some cross-ventilation to keep your home cool. If you’re lacking windows, try filling a mixing bowl with ice and position it at an angle in front of a large fan, so that the air whips off the ice at an extra-chilled, extra-misty temperature.
Cool down your body, rather than the room
Remember, air conditioning hasn’t always existed!
If your ancestors didn’t need air conditioning, neither do you (unless it’s readily available to you). Try cooling down your body instead of trying to cool down your space. For example, sipping iced drinks can be a great way to chill your insides, as well as applying a cold cloth to your neck, forehead and wrists. Another great trick is to wear natural fibres and breathable materials.
Let the night air in
Depending on where you live, the temperature will usually drop at night, even if it’s by just a few degrees. Make the most of these refreshing hours by opening up windows and doors before you go to bed. This will also ensure you sleep better! Just be sure to close the windows (and the blinds) before things get too hot in the morning.
Limit your light use
Lights create heat, and this heat will make the air hotter!
Avoid raising the temperature even more by limiting your light use, and utilising natural light or low-lit lamps instead. Not only will this keep your home cooler, it will lower your electricity bills as well. Another great tip is to restrain your oven use, as ovens are a strong source of heat in the home.
Make some long-term improvements
If all else fails, there are a few long-term changes you can make to your home to keep it cool for the summers to come. For example, insulated window films are a smart purchase, as they work similarly to blinds. As well as this, awnings, planted trees and vines can shield your home from the sun’s rays. These will reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs and make your investment worthwhile.
All it takes is some forward planning and a little ingenuity to beat the heat this summer. Whether you’re crafting some cross-ventilation in your home, or you’re cooling down your body with a delicious iced drink, keep these home hacks close to your chest – so that you can avoid overheating!