Make your home feel cooler

by Leeds Building Society

We’ve recently experienced skyrocketing temperatures and record highs in the UK*, and with more weeks of summer to come you could be forgiven for trying to hunt out some shade. Unfortunately though, heading back into your home may not always be the escape you expect. Warm air becomes easily trapped inside and some furniture can be pretty good at keeping hold of the heat when you want it least!

In the hopes of helping you free your home from the grasp of the heatwave, we have come up with a few tips and tricks.

Cook smart

We don’t know about you, but lots of us at the Society dream about firing up a BBQ as soon as we see a glimpse of sunshine. In fact, we do just that at our annual summer party!

But it turns out this way of cooking can do more than just give delicious food and good times outside, as it stops you from having to cook inside.

Whenever you cook in your kitchen, heat is inevitably released from the oven, grill or hobs. This may be nice in the winter but is particularly unwelcome on a hot summer’s day.

If you can’t avoid cooking indoors, try to find ways of keeping the heat contained, such as leaving lids on top of boiling pans or stick to cold meals such as salads.  

Draw the curtains

It might seem like the last thing you should do on a sunny day, but closing all curtains and blinds (particularly those in south facing windows) will help to stop unwanted heat getting into your home.

However, once the sun has set in the evening it’s a good idea to open them back up again along with your windows. The air will be a lot cooler at this time and will refresh your home after a stuffy day.

Switch it off

It’s not just kitchen appliances that create a lot of heat, and you may find that other electronics such as your television and games consoles are making rooms warmer. Try waiting until the cooler evenings to turn these on.

Thankfully, there are lots of other fun things you can do outside on a hot day!

Create an indoor rainforest

 

It’s a little known (but hugely amazing) fact that house plants can control the temperature of your home. Forget about pricey air-con and invest in a palm or ficus plant instead!

There’s a lot of choice to craft your indoor forest from, but most will add natural beauty as well as a cooling effect to your home. When it comes to leaves, the more the better, as these are what release the moisture that cools the air around them. Keep this in mind when picking out your new green gem!

Chinese Evergreens work particularly hard at this party trick, and will even purify the air in your home at the same time, making it feel even fresher.

Paint it white

Ever wonder why homes in hot countries such as Greece are often painted white? It’s because the colour reflects sunlight! Whilst we’re not suggesting you re-paint the entire exterior of your house (unless you’re really up for a project), changing the colour of rooms that currently seem to trap the most heat could create a real noticeable difference.

Transform your garden

For many of us, ‘home’ doesn’t just mean our house and the label extends to our outdoor space too. Gardens feel particularly valuable in the summer, allowing us space to soak up the rays and relax without having to travel or share a public space.

You may quickly feel overwhelmed by the heat though, so to avoid having to retreat inside and miss out on the rare British sunshine it’s important to create some shaded areas. This can be achieved with parasols, or alternatively you could add some large plants or trees to your garden.

Not only do trees cast shaded space for you to cool down in, they can create an amazing summer sight that is so beautiful the Japanese have their own word for it. They call it komorebi – the spectacular effect of sunlight filtering through the leaves. We hope you can enjoy seeing it yourself this summer!

 

 

* https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49106092