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10 Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

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Blog by Rob MacPherson | July 22nd, 2020

Now that summer has finally arrived, we are all trying desperately to keep cool in the heat. If you are blessed with airconditioning, no problem. If not here are some tips to help you beat the heat and stay cool at home in the summer months.

  1. Reduce sources of heat. Turn off lights, computers and televisions when not in use. They all generate some heat even in standby mode. 
  2. If you have a gas fire, turn off the pilot light. (NOTE: if you are a renter, check with your landlord first). Most modern fire places have a switch behind the grill that allows you to do this easily. 
  3. Keep in the shade. Although we enjoy bright, natural light, keeps blinds and/or curtains closed can reduce heat from the sun shining in the windows. Close the blinds and curtains on any windows that receive direct sunlight.
  4. Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate. Good ventilation can help reduce humidity and make a room feel cooler. Try opening a window in every room or one at each end of your home to create a cross breeze. It doesn't have to be wide open. 4 inches is enough to generate a good air flow.
  5. Keep windows open at night when the air is cooler. During the day, if it is hotter outside than it is inside, it may make sense to keep your windows closed. However, at night, when the temperature drops, open your windows to fill your home with cool air. 
  6. Reduce humidity. A high level of humidity makes your home feel hotter. As well as good ventilation, ensure you use your bathroom and kitchen fans and avoid drying clothes inside. Also consider avoiding foods that are boiled or produce a lot of steam in the cooking process. 
  7. Cook out side. If you have an outdoor space and are able to BBQ consider doing your cooking outdoors. Not only is it cooler for the chef, it reduces the heat produced from cooking food indoors. Got a rice cooker? Plug it in outside. Got a slow cooker? Set it away on your balcony. 
  8. Use a fan. Fans help with ventilation and air flow. Standing fans should be placed to face the centre of the room. Allowing the fan head to rotate increases the coverage. Place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to cool the air as it passes over. If you have a ceiling fan, set it to rotate counter clockwise so it pulls the cooler air up from the floor. 
  9. Freeze your sheets. Fold a sheet and put it in a bag in the fridge or freezer for half an hour. Use the sheet as a cool cover to help you drift off to sleep.
  10. Snuggle an ice pack. Wrap an ice pack in a towel or fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water and use it to keep cool. 


Pro Tip
- if you have a noisey fan, it may be time to give it a clean. Fan blades collect dust and debris from the air as they spin. As this builds up over time it increases resistance to the air and creates noise. Always ensure your fan is switched off or unplugged before cleaning and follow the manufacturers guidelines.