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Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool During Hotter Months

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When it comes to the hotter months of the year, keeping your home cool can be the difference between you feeling comfortable or agitated - it can also be the difference between a good night's sleep and a bad one. 

Let’s face it, when your home is too hot, it can become unbearable and frustrating, you’ll want to do anything to cool the room down. Luckily, there are a variety of ways in which you can make your room colder in the hotter months. The obvious one is buying a water-cooled air conditioner or you can keep your windows open or buy a fan.

To help you feel more comfortable in your home, we have put together several tips for keeping your home cool during the hotter months. Take a look through and see which one works best for you. 

Water-Cooler Air Conditioner

The number one recommendation that we can offer is purchasing a water-cooler air conditioner. An air conditioner unit works wonders in the hot heat and will have your home cooling down in no time. They can be switched on at any point during the day, set to different cold temperatures, and on a timer so they are not used unnecessarily. We like to turn our lights on an hour before bed so that way our room is at the perfect temperature. Yes, they cost a little upfront but after a few years of using one, you’ll never regret having it. Plus, you can easily move them around your home cooling down the rooms you will be spending most of your time in each day. The only thing to consider when using a water-cooler air conditioner is that your monthly bills go up. They do use a lot of electricity, that said, being cool during the hotter months is priceless in our eyes. 

Close your blinds 

When the weather is at its hottest, the sun beaming into your property can heat it up very quickly. To stop this from happening, use black-out blinds and keep them down when the weather is at its highest temperature. This will keep the heat out cooling your room. When the sun goes down and isn’t as hot, you can undraw them to let the breeze in. This is something that can easily be done which can make a huge difference on very hot days. 

Use a fan 

Fans are great up to a certain point when your home is too hot. Fans blow the air that’s in your room around to cool you down. If the room is too hot, a fan won’t seem that cold and in certain situations still feel very hot. Use an air conditioner when the weather is really hot, then turn to a fan once it’s started to cool down a little. Fan’s are cheaper to run and do not cost as much to buy. When looking into fans, try not to be sucked into the different brands that are out there, they all essentially do the same thing - blow air around your room. If you can, try to buy a fan that comes with a timer, this way it turns off after a certain amount of time, saving you money. We use this timer most when going to sleep. We are not kidding when saying a new fan could be the perfect gift when it’s really hot. 

Close your doors 

When it’s hot another method to keep your home cool is to close all your doors. This way you keep the heat in one room, instead of spreading through your home. The rooms nearest to the windows may feel slightly hotter than normal, however, the rooms further in your home without as much light will feel cooler. You can then spend your time in the cooler rooms during the day and in your hotter rooms at night when the temperature drops. 

Drink cold drinks 

A room feels hot when you feel hot, so why not trick your body into thinking a room is colder? It’s a simple trick but by drinking cold drinks, you will make your body feel colder. The result of this is your rooms feeling colder than they are. Freeze bottles of water and sip on it during the day as you will feel colder and benefit from drinking plenty of water - after all, you should be aiming for 2-3 liters of water a day, this can only help. Have some cold ice lollies in the freezer as well that you can snack on as a treat, ice cream also helps. 

Change your lightbulbs 

This may sound like a silly tip but have you ever checked to see the amount of heat your light bulbs produce when they are on? Lightbulbs can produce a lot of heat when lighting your room, causing your home to feel hotter than it should. Spend a moment checking to see if they are producing heat and if they are it could be worth changing them. Energy-saving light bulbs produce less heat - cooling your home down during the hotter months. And are cheaper to run and buy. It’s a small change that could make a big difference. 

Take cold baths 

Similar to drinking cold water, cold baths are a great way to bring your temperature down. Just like having a cold shower, a cold bath will lower your body’s temperature, making it feel like your home is cooler. This can help before going to bed as you will find it easier to sleep as well as help you feel more comfortable when walking around your home in the hotter months. When having a cold bath or shower, make sure you don’t put the temperature too cold - this can cause a shock to your body when getting out which could potentially make you ill. 

Keep your windows open or closed

Depending on the temperature outside, keeping your window open or closed can help regulate the temperature. If you think it’s hotter outside your property, keep the windows closed, otherwise you will let the hot air from outside in, making your home hotter. If it’s colder outside, do the opposite and keep your windows open to let the cold air in. It may be that you keep them closed during the day when the outside is at its hottest then open them in the evening when it gets colder. This is one of those things that many people get wrong as they don’t realize the outside air could be hotter, therefore heating up their home by opening the windows throughout the day. As mentioned above, if the temperature outside is too hot, then keeping your blinds closed would be a better solution than opening your window. 

By spending some time researching the best ways to keep your home cool during the hotter months, you’ll soon find a solution. Our recommendation is to try a couple of our solutions and see if one works better than the other. It may be that a couple of them work well when combined together. Depending on the type of home you have, and the shape and decor, some solutions may not be as effective. 

What tips do you have for keeping your home cool during the hotter months? Have you tried any of the tips above? Which of the tips above did you find most effective and did one not work for you? Is there anything you would like to add that will benefit our readers? Let us know in the comment box below. We would love to hear from you. 

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