How to keep your house cool this summer

Keeping the windows shut can help the inside of your home stay a little cooler. 

Here comes the summer - but however much we love the sun, we can all suffer from unhappy homes with sleepless nights and restless pets when a heatwave strikes.

So as temperatures get set to rise, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your home cool.

How to cool down a room fast 

Tips for cooling down any room without air conditioning include placing a bowl of water/ice in front of a fan to mimic a chilly breeze, and turning any ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to do the same.

Keep windows closed in hot weather. If the air outside is hotter than the air inside, keeping the windows shut will help the inside of your home stay a little cooler. 

It’s wise to keep curtains and blinds closed too because about 76% of sunlight that enters your home through the windows turns into heat (you might want to consider blackout curtains too to keep more of that sunlight out). 

Can opening a loft hatch help?

Using the loft hatch could have some impact, but it depends on many factors, from how and where your home and roof are insulated, to the type of roof you have. Insulation can stop heat from escaping when it's cold outside, but it also keeps the hot air out in the summer so, if you haven’t got it, it’s well worth thinking about.

And think again about those family meals. Use the BBQ outside to cook instead of the oven which will make your house even hotter.

How to cool down a room at night

If you’ve kept your curtains and windows closed overnight you can open them once the temperature cools outside; open windows in rooms and leave doors open to create a cross breeze. 

And, if you don’t already live in a new home with low energy lighting, replace your lights with LEDs, which don’t emit as much heat. Not only will this keep the room cooler, they’re also more energy efficient so your bills will be lower as well as the temperatures.

bedroom in summer

How to keep a bedroom cool in the summer

We’ve all been there, tossing and turning in bed, and struggling to sleep. But you can help to keep your bedroom - and you - cool at night. As well as opening windows to create a cross breeze if you can, and repeating the ice in front of a fan, keep the TV off before you nod off (they generate heat) and turn off lights. Place bowls of water under an open window - the breeze will flow over the bowls of water and help to cool the air in the room.

Try having a lukewarm shower before heading to bed as this will lower the core body temperature - but avoid taking a cold shower as this will only keep temperatures cool for a short while; and consider turning your hot water bottle into a cold water bottle (or use ice packs from your freezer).

Change your bedsheets, swapping from warm fabrics to cool cottons, and opt for a lower tog duvet.  Also consider abandoning the PJs as sleeping in night clothes can make people hot and sweaty, or swapping for a light cotton night shirt or dress. 

You might want to invest in a cooling gel mattress topper and/or pillow (the inner gel reacts to your body temperature to absorb excess heat, drawing it away from your skin to produce a natural cooling effect for several hours), turn your pillow to the ‘cool’ side when it gets warmer, and tie longer hair up.

Invest in a brand new home

Better insulation and air tightness is better for regulating temperature and actually keeping your house cool in summer.

Plus better quality windows and doors in a new home can also improve your home’s ability to stay cool. While windows have been designed to maximise passive solar benefit and make the best use of daylight, excessive glazing should be avoided so as not to lead to disproportionate heat loss in the winter and the risk of overheating in the summer.

So, keeping your cool in summer is easier with a new Redrow home. You could also take advantage of the sunshine by adding solar panels and converting all those lovely rays into energy for your home.