How To Keep Rooms Cool In Summer

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Summer brings barbecues, long sunny days, and heatwaves. Even if you love the sun and warmth, it can become overwhelming if you’re hot all the time. That’s why it’s important to keep your rooms cool in summer, whether you’re at home or in the office.

These ten tips will help you keep rooms cool in summer, so you can head inside for a break when the summertime heat gets too much.

1. Use an Eazy Breeze

An Eazy Breeze is a budget-friendly solution for keeping rooms cool in summer. It’s designed to allow cool air from outside to circulate through your room, while blocking the sun’s heat (and pesky summer bugs!) from coming in.

The Eazy Breeze attaches to your windowsill, so you can move it around the house, depending on which room you’re in. Multiple devices will help circulate more air throughout your home.

Watch this video to see how it works:

2. Use shades or curtains to block out sunlight

Whether or not you use an Eazy Breeze, keeping your curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day is a good idea. This prevents the sun from heating up your rooms, where it’s retained thanks to your home insulation.

Open your curtains in the early mornings and/or evenings when there’s less direct sunlight entering your room.

3. Open your windows overnight

Even if it’s stifling during the day, it’s usually cooler at night. So this is a good time to open your windows and let some cool, refreshing air in. An Eazy Breeze can allow more cool air inside by pushing the curtains away from the window.

Make sure to consider safety if you’re opening your windows at night. It’s not a good idea to leave ground floor windows open, unless they have restricted opening. We’d also recommend you keep your windows closed when you go out.

4. Create DIY air con

You can create a makeshift air con unit with a portable fan and a bowl of ice. Place the bowl in front of the fan to cool the air before it’s circulated around the room.

This works because the ice absorbs the heat, cooling the air around it. The cool air is then moved around the room thanks to the fan, releasing water vapour that creates further cooling. Open your windows or use a dehumidifier to avoid excessive humidity from the water vapour.

Remember that water and electrics don’t mix — so make sure your fan is a safe distance from the ice bowl, and don’t keep it in a room where pets or children are likely to knock it over.

5. Use a dehumidifier

When temperatures rise, air with a high relative humidity can cause discomfort. According to the Met Office, this “saturated air affects our body’s cooling mechanism. The air cannot easily contain any more water as a vapour and so cannot effectively evaporate the sweat from our skin.”

That’s why a dehumidifier is useful. It reduces the moisture levels in the air, which is especially helpful if your home or office tends to get a little humid.

6. Use a portable fan

Portable fans tend to cool the body, rather than the room. So while they’re not super effective if you’re in a room with lots of people, portable fans can give you some relief and help keep you cool in summer.

7. Close your interior doors

Closing the doors inside your home or office will prevent cool air from escaping. This is especially important if you’ve spent time trying to keep a particular room cool.

However, you might need to offset this for rooms that tend to heat up temporarily, such as the kitchen or conservatory.

If possible, keep the kitchen door closed to prevent the heat spreading to other rooms, and open a window or external door to let the heat escape. Conservatories are notorious for heating up in summer, so open the windows but keep the warmth out of the rest of the house by closing the door.

8. Keep your houseplants healthy

Houseplants can purify the air inside your home. NASA actually tested this theory back in 1989 when they were trying to find ways to purify the air on space shuttles. They found that plants like peace lilies, potted chrysanthemums, and English ivy could filter out certain chemicals from the air.

There’s also evidence plants can cool down the environment. A few plants in a small space might not have a significant impact, but they may contribute as part of an overall room cooling plan. Plus, they look more appealing than a pedestal fan.

9. Minimise oven use

Try to keep oven use to a minimum during a heatwave. The heat from an oven can quickly heat up your kitchen, and even the adjoining rooms. Stick with using the hob for short periods, or even whip up salads and smoothies to minimise the heat even more.

Now’s also a great time to fire up the barbecue and cook outdoors if you have the space.

10. Invest in air con

If you’re really feeling the heat, it may be time to invest in an air conditioning unit. Bear in mind that home air con is expensive to buy and run. Depending on the type of unit you get, you may also have to pay for installation.

Weather in the UK isn’t usually hot enough to warrant full-on air con installation, so consider if it’s worth it for the temperatures in your home or office. If you decide it’s not worth the investment, check out these alternatives to air con to help you get through the summer.

Get your Eazy Breeze from Maxview

An Eazy Breeze is one of the most effective ways to cool down your home this summer. It’s easy to install, and there are zero running costs — so it’s handy for your wallet and helpful for your heat tolerance.

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