It’s summer – yay!
It’s summer – oh no…
Yes, it happens every year. We look forward to summer for the other three seasons, then it hits, and we’re miserable. It’s too hot to do anything. Can’t sleep at night because your bedroom is too warm; it’s too hot to be active; too hot to cook. It’s miserable. It’s nice but it’s also miserable. It’s pretty confusing all round.
It’s one thing to be hot at work or while you are sunning yourself outside, but few of us can cope with our home – our sanctuary and haven – being an uncomfortable temperature. It’s a universal problem, as we all bond together over how miserable summer can be when the heat invades without welcome.
That’s why you’ll read and hear plenty of advice about how to stay cool. After all, it’s something we all want – a chance to be able to breathe and behave as normal in the stifling heat. However, that also makes for much room for misconceptions and false beliefs. Just because something is often repeated doesn’t make it true.
In an effort to make sure this summer doesn’t become stifling, let’s investigate some of the problems and falsehoods that surround the idea of keeping our homes a decent temperature. As well as that, you’ll read about what actually will work instead, so you can actually turn that summer “oh no” right back into a “yay”.
#1 – Thermal Blackout Blinds/Curtains
Thermal blackout blinds and curtains are, as the name suggests, able to absorb some of the heat from the sun’s rays. This keeps your room interior much cooler, allowing you to feel more comfortable no matter what time of day it is.
Of course, where there is a profit to be made there are potentially problems. Some blind and curtain manufacturers rely on the lack of knowledge in the general populace when selling their wares. The difference in words is minor, but it can make a huge impact on how effective blinds are.
To keep it simple: buy blinds and curtains that claim to have thermal properties. They may also say that they are blackout blinds, but they should always be labelled as thermal also.
If you buy blackout blinds without the word thermal, then they will not be able to trap the heat of the sun. They will stop the sunlight coming into the room, but heat can be transmitted even if light is not.
Thermal blinds are more expensive than blackout blinds, but there is a reason for that. If you want to stop the room in question from heating up, then you have to opt for blinds with thermal properties. It’s a bigger investment, but it’ll work.
A lot of blackout blinds and curtains will claim to be able to keep a room cool, but without the specific use of the word thermal, it’s likely that claim is literally just hot air.
#2 – Consider Your Keep Cool Electricals
You have a few options when it comes to electrical products that can keep you cool. The most common misconception is that a fan will cool a room down; it will actually heat it up.
Obviously, the biggest (and most effective) of them all is air conditioning. If you’re determined this is going to be the last summer you’re sweltering, then consider the likes of ABC Home & Commercial Services and other pros who can do the job for you. This is far more effective than portable air conditioners, which have limited range of the space they can cool.
If air conditioning is outside of the budget, then use a simple trick: place a frozen bottle of water in front of a desk fan. The coolness of the ice is spread through the room, while the fans helps to encourage evaporation. It’s best to do this when the heat you’re experiencing is relatively “dry” – it can contribute to the humidity in “wet” heat.
#3 – Close The Windows
It might sound like madness – surely everyone knows when the temperature begins to increase, you throw the windows open and bask in the sunshine? Well, you can – but it’s not going to work too well if your objective is to remain cool.
Why? Because of the heat of the air outside. When you open the windows, you invite the outside air – which is invariably hotter than the air in your home – into your house. So opening the windows will actually heat the room up, not cool it down. Keep the windows closed until sundown, then leave them open while the air is cooler in the evenings.