Keeping your home cool

Summer safety Keeping cool 26/06/2024

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As the weather starts to warm up, houses can trap in the excess heat and it can start to get uncomfortable around your home. We’ve pulled together a few top tips on how to keep yourself and your home cooler during the summer.

How to keep your home cool

These are some things to keep in mind to keep your house cool:

  • Close blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out
  • Invest in a fan to help circulate air
  • If you have leather sofas at home, try putting a lightweight throw on top so you feel more comfortable when sitting down
  • You can use your extractor fans to get rid of some of the excess heat in your home - Just keep your doors open and the fan on!

How to keep yourself cool

Here are some tips on how to reduce your body temperature during the summer:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol - Put ice in your drinks and keep bottles of water in the freezer for a refreshing drink
  • Drink liquids that contain electrolytes to rehydrate yourself quicker
  • Eat lighter, colder and hydrating foods such as salads and fruit
  • Wear lightweight, baggy and breathable clothes - Fabrics such as cotton work best
  • If you’re going out during the day, wear a hat and wear sun cream to protect yourself
  • Change your duvet to a lightweight summer one
  • Have cool showers/baths
  • Go out early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the peak time heat
  • Stay in the shade as much as you can, and take breaks by going indoors and resting to avoid heatstroke
  • Keep a spray bottle filled with water in the fridge, so you can spray yourself to keep yourself cool

Although keeping our windows and doors open is great for letting a cool breeze in to the house, please remember to shut and lock windows and doors before you go out!

For more information on seasonal safety, you can visit our useful webpage full of tips.