There are lots of practical ways to keep your home cool this summer (Picture: Getty Images)
It’s hot, isn’t it?
Too hot, some might say, with Britain braced for the hottest day of the year with temperatures reaching a sizzling 34°C in the southeast.
This is great for sun-lovers, but what about everyone who fares badly in the heat – or the home workers across the country who aren’t blessed with air-con?
The good news is that there are a number of simple tricks for staying cool inside and most involve things that are already lying around the house.
Here they are.
Create your own air conditioning
No air con? No problem.
Simply put a bottle filled with ice and a tablespoon of salt into your freezer.
The salt helps the freezing point of the water go even lower, creating colder ice.
Once you’ve done that, simply put the bottles in front of the fan.
As the ice melts the breeze from the fan will pick up the cool air coming from the ice’s surface. This will recreate a cool breeze, similar to an air conditioning unit.
Alternatively, a bowl of water in front of the fan, or a wet towel placed over a fan works just as well.
Ice cubes will be your best friends this summer (Picture: Getty Images)
Keep curtains and windows closed during the day
On a beautiful day it’s natural to want to have the sun shining in. However, by doing so, you’re creating a greenhouse-like heat effect.
A room will stay cooler if curtains and blinds are closed – even better if they’re the blackout variety.
An open window will also let hot air into the house, rather than cool air – which, if you have a fan on the go, completely defeats the point.
Open windows once the day gets cooler
Windows should be kept closed when the day is at its hottest, but once the heat starts to drop they can be opened again.
Temperatures fall considerably at night, so opening a window in the evening will allow cool air to circulate around the house – it should help you sleep better, too.
If you have flies and mosquitos getting in, it might be time to invest in a net.
Keeping windows closed during the hottest hours of the day can actually help keep your home cool (Picture: Getty Images)
Keep inside doors closed during the hottest parts of the day
Similar to windows, it can be tempting to keep all of your inside doors open as the weather hots up – but this can actually add to the problem.
When heat is at its most intense, shut off unused rooms so the limited breeze can permeate through the rooms you’re in.
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