Eight tips on keeping your home cool this summer

Summer. Keeping your home cool in the summer is a matter of health and welfare.

 

Keeping your home cool in the summer is a matter of health and welfare. These tips will help you keep the heat at bay.

 

1. Protect your home from the sun

Lower blinds, open awnings and close the curtains during the hottest part of the day.

 

2. Ventilate

Make the most of the coolest part of the day to open doors and windows and air the home.

 

3. Use the oven in the evening

Home appliances such as dishwashers, ovens and irons are best used during the coolest part of the day.

 

4. Turn off electric appliances when they are not in use

Unplug appliances which are not in use: computers and TVs which are plugged in also generate heat.

 

5. Renew light bulbs

Incandescent light bulbs generate a lot of heat. It’s best to change them for low-consumption bulbs or, even better, for LEDs.

 

6. Avoid humidity

It’s best not to generate humidity in the home, avoiding mugginess. If possible, avoid washing clothes with hot water and don’t hang them out to dry indoors.

 

7. Lower the thermostat on the water heater

If you have an electric water heater, decrease the water temperature so as to generate less heat and humidity when showering etc.

 

8. Optimise air-conditioning

If you have air-conditioning, make sure the filters are clean and that cool air isn’t being lost through doors and windows.