Summer has arrived in the UK, with temperatures forecast to slowly soar as we reach the height of the season. And with warmer weather, comes humidity and difficulty keeping homes cool for many Brits.
And with most British homes designed to keep homes warm, not cool, experts at premium window and door designer, The Residence Collection, have revealed top five tips for keeping you and your home cool this summer.
1. Keep curtains and blinds closed
With sunny days and lighter nights upon us, you probably can’t wait to open your blinds and curtains to let in the natural light you have been craving. However keeping your blinds and curtains closed during the day will act as a barricade to the unwanted heat entering your home.
But, if you really can’t wait to let that sunlight ooze in, opt to close your blinds and curtains between 11am and 3pm, when it’s the hottest part of the day. When the temperature dips during the evening, open them to enjoy the last of the sunlight.
2. Use your trickle vents
Trickle vents are known to be an excellent addition to combating condensation and prevent dampness during the winter months, but they have ideal ventilation qualities for the warmer seasons too.
So, how do trickle vents work? Their purpose is to allow air to trickle into your home to increase ventilation, without making your home too hot, too cold or compromise on security. By leaving your trickle vents open during the summer, air can travel freely throughout the home without letting in the hot and humid air as well as keeping out those pesky flying insects.
3. Keep your windows closed
During a hot summer’s day, you might be tempted to throw open your windows to let your home bask in the sun that you have been waiting for all year. By opening your windows during a sunny day, particularly at the hottest times in the day, the temperature can infiltrate your home where it can become humid and stifling when you close the windows.
Like your blinds and curtains, keep them closed during the day to keep your home as cool as possible, and enjoy the fresher evening air once the sun starts to set.
4. Invest in energy efficiency
Energy efficient windows aren’t just important for saving on your energy bills during the winter months, investing in top-of-the-range windows can save you from lingering summer heat too.
In the winter, energy efficient windows are designed to keep the heat from your radiators in, however this also works in the same way by keeping the hot air out in the summer too with the help of double or triple glazing.
If you’re in the market for renovating with new high-quality windows, trickle vents are also now part of the Part L Building Regulations. This means all new windows that are installed must have trickle vents positioned in the upper frame of a window to ensure every home receives adequate ventilation and, in turn, will keep your house cooler during the warmer weather.
5. Add to your windowsill greenery
Did you know that choosing the right plants can also keep your home cool? Certain popular indoor plants use transpiration which improves the humidity in the air. The plant’s transpiration increases the water vapour in its surroundings, ultimately cooling itself and your home too. If you’re on the hunt for an environmentally-friendly cooling method, opt to add peace lilies and rubber plants to your home.
Commenting, Sarah Hitchings, Sales and Marketing Director at The Residence Collection, comments: “With the summer season upon us, many people are searching for ways to cool and lower the humidity of their homes, without paying the price tag for running a fan or air conditioner during the cost of living crisis.
“Many aren’t aware that by changing the summer habits around their windows they can have a much more comfortable season. With the right window dressings and ventilation through trickle vents, people can have an enjoyable summer outdoors with a cooling sanctuary at home during the day and night. “
At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.