Good weather is here- and along with it BBQs, trips to the beach, and feeling hot & sticky where ever you go. Follow our tips and tricks below to help keep your home cool this summer – without spending money on air conditioning.
Be smart with your window treatments
The windows are a key area for losing or gaining heat in the home. Up to 30% of the unwanted heat in your home comes from the windows, so by keeping your blinds shut you can cool your home substantially. If you want to keep your blinds closed but still enjoy the natural light, consider blinds that allow more light control – like our Mirage and Visage range.
Blackout blinds will block out the sun, while lighter colours reflect it’s rays the best. Some blinds, like the Luxaflex Plisse range can offer sun protection through innovative Topar coatings.
Motorised shades can also help regulate the temperature in your home. Programme your blinds to stay closed during the day to keep your home cool, then open as you arrive home from work to enjoy the natural light
Turn off the lights!
Leaving lights on in the home when it’s beautifully bright outside is a waste of electricity but it can also contribute to warming your home. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, making the switch to fluorescent will make a difference in cooling your home while lowering your electric bill.
Let the night air in
Summer temperatures often drop at night, so open your windows and let a refreshing evening breeze into your home – just make sure you shut them again before it gets too hot the next morning!
Strategically placing a fan near the open window can help make the most of breezes by blowing the cool air into your home.
Swap your sheets
Seasonally switching up your bedding can help freshen up a room for the new season – but it can also help keep your bed cool. Switch to a thinner duvet for the summer months, and stay away from bed sheets made of heavy flannel or fleece. Cotton sheets are the most breathable, helping you keep cool at night.