In the Summer months, having air conditioning in your home can be one of the best ways to keep cool. But unfortunately, some houses do not have the privilege of having air conditioning.
In this blog, we discuss 5 top tips for keeping your house cool without air conditioning.
Optimise the fans you have
If you are not wanting to spend money on new fancy fans for your home then you can optimise the fans you already have to maintain coolness throughout your home. A simple trick is to fill a bowl with ice and then position it at an angle in front of your fan, this way when the air goes past the bowl it will produce cooler air into the room.
If you are relying on fans to keep your home cool then you also need to make sure you are keeping them clean. Not only does it help hygienically but it also helps your fan work better when it is clean.
Insulate attic walls
A lot of people don’t think of it, but another way to keep your home cool is insulating your attic from top to bottom. The purpose of this is it will lower the amount of heat that enters your attic and then prevent it from escaping to the rest of your home.
Swap sheets on your bed
Switching up your bed sheets can be a great way to keep cool, breathable bedding is crucial to a cool night’s sleep. Silk or sateen sheets are very light and popular but they can trap the heat. Natural bedding materials like cotton or bamboo can be good for lightweight coverage.
Keep your blinds closed
This sounds like a simple tip, but it may be the most effective way to keep your house cool during summer. Drawing your blinds can save you up to 7% on bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Keeping your blinds open will attract a lot of natural light to your home, even though this is great, too much light can turn your home into a miniature greenhouse.
If you can, try and have blackout curtains or blinds in your home, as they block the sunlight but naturally insulate the rooms.
Make the most of nature
Everyone knows that trees are the miracle of nature, not only do they fight pollution and many other areas but they can also regulate the incoming temperature of your home. Having a tree or large plants in your garden will create shade and make your garden and home cooler throughout the summer period. It’s important to note that trees are not only beneficial in the summer, but in winter, when you are wanting the natural light to get in, the leaves drop and allow this to happen.
Don’t leave technology items plugged in
Our final top tip is to make sure you don’t leave items plugged in. You might not think so, but keeping a charger plugged in or a TV box will slowly draw a lot of additional heat through the sockets into your home. Not only will unplugging unnecessary heat sources keep your house cooler but it will also lower your electricity bills, so it really is a win win situation.
Vent your attic
Attic fans are normally either gable or roof-mounted, installing the gable fans can be easier as they are designed to attach to the existing vents on your attic. With roof mounted ones it can be slightly more difficult so we do recommend getting someone in to do it for you.
Paint roof white
On a really hot day, it is a known fact that traditional black roof materials will become a lot hotter than the air around them. This is why we recommend having a white roof as in the summer the sun will reflect the heat instead of absorbing it.
Switch to No-Heat Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs emit a lot of extra heat, so simply switching to either low or no-heart bulbs like compact fluorescent light bulbs can make a massive difference to the temperature in your home.
Overall, it is very important to keep your home cooler during summer to help your health as well as benefiting your home. We hope the tips above help you to understand you don’t always have to rely on air conditioning.