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During the winter months, it’s all about keeping your home warm and comfortable for the summer, but when the temperatures start to climb, it can become very uncomfortable. But running your aircon 24/7 can cost a fortune. So how can you keep cool without breaking the bank?
Use air-con wisely
A good air conditioning system is one of the quickest and most effective ways of keeping your home at a temperature that’s comfortable for you. If you’re adamant about using it in your home, there are things you can do to keep the costs down. These include having the system serviced regularly, and changing filters as often as is recommended.
If you’re investing in a new air-con system, then try and find a modern type that uses smart technology. These new systems can be controlled from your phone and can be set to only cool down certain rooms, or work from a thermostat, only turning on when it reaches a certain temperature.
Invest in space-age heat deflection
As hot air rises, the temperature of the top floor of your home, or your attic, will be the hottest point in the building. Invest in a spray on radiant barrier, which is a find coating applied to the inside roof of your home, which deflects the heat. It has been known to
Open your doors and windows
Keep your doors and windows open as much as possible to let fresher, cooler air into your home. When the temperature cools down later in the day, it can help lower the temperature overnight and give you a better night’s sleep.
Close your curtains
Keep blinds and curtains closed, especially during the hottest times of the day and at the side of your house the sun is shining on. This will keep the temperatures lower.
Invest in a fan
When it’s very hot, a standard oscillating fan usually won’t make enough of a difference. However, there are good quality cooling fans that you can buy and take with you from room to room so that you are only cooling the room you need to use, rather than spending money cooling the entire house.
Use cooling pillows and pads at night
You may be fine with higher temperatures during the day, but sleeping in them can be a different matter. Sleeping in a hot room can lead to poor sleep, dehydration, and headaches, generally making you feel ill. There are a lot of cooling sleep products on the market, including cooling gel pillows and pads that sit under your sheets that you can adjust the temperature of.
Reduce the heat from appliances
The average home is filled with electrical appliances that emit a small amount of heat, but when it is added up, can really raise the number on the thermometer. This includes using the over, lights and lamps, hairdryers, and televisions. Of course, you don’t want to live without these things, but make sure you switch them off completely when not in use.