Top tips for staying cool in the heat

Your home

During the last couple of weeks, we’ve been experiencing the sunniest spring on record, and even though it can be enjoyable, your home may be getting warmer.

Keeping cool

So, we’ve put together some tips to help you keep your home cooler, save energy and money, and keep your home and your family safe.

Invest in a good fan

A fan can keep you cool and also help you sleep during the night, but you have to make sure you’re using it right. Set your fan on the floor and point it upwards – since heat rises the coolest air in your home will be at floor level.

Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day

Keep your curtains and blinds closed to stop the sun’s rays coming through your windows and bringing in more heat.

Open your windows at night

If possible, open your windows in the evenings. The temperature tends to fall at night, so opening windows will allow cooler air to circulate through your rooms and help you sleep better.

Go for cotton and linen sheets

Try to keep away from satin and silk sheets during the warmer weather, choosing cotton or linen sheets instead. Light-coloured bed sheets made of light fabrics are breathable so better to stay cool and sleep in.

Switch off appliances

You’d be surprised how much heat is generated from appliances around your home and switching them off can help avoid extra heat. Turn of your appliances when they’re not in use and make sure your fridges and freezers have plenty of ventilation space.

Keep your lights off

With it being lighter outside for longer there’s less need for artificial light. If you have conventional incandescent light bulbs, they generate heat, so switching to low energy light bulbs will reduce overheating.

Ditch the balcony barbecue

A balcony barbecue is going to heat up your home and they’re also unsafe. For more fire safety tips visit our website.

Further information

If you’re looking for other household safety and saving tips:

Water saving tips

Energy saving – our top tips