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How to keep your house cool in the heat

By: Carla B  Published Date: 24 Jul 2013 12:40
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We share our top tips for keeping your property cool in the summer heat.

Humidity

Steam makes everything hotter so keep showers short and ideally take them at cooler times of the day. Similarly use the washing machine and dishwasher at cooler times of the day too.

Shut the windows

‘Our first instinct on sultry summer days is to fling open the windows, but all this will do is let hot air straight into your home. The trick is to keep windows shut and curtains drawn during the hottest part of the day, then crack open the windows at night, when it’s cooler.’ The Telegraph

Change your diet

Stick to eating salads and cold meat to avoid using the oven. Alternatively head outside to your garden for a barbecue.

Turn off the lights

‘Homes today have endless electrical appliances, and each one generates heat. Switch off your computer and television if you’re not using them, and keep the number of lights on to a minimum.’ The Telegraph

Fans

To make the most of your fan place a jug or bottle of frozen water in front of it. As the ice melts it will get the cold air circulating.

Switch rooms

Because warm air rises, when possible spend as much of your time on the lowest level of your home.

Lamps

‘Don't place lamps or TVs near your air conditioning thermostat. The heat from these appliances will cause the air conditioner to run longer.’ MSN Real Estate

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