With the current heatwave (we’re writing this in June), we are seeing lots of tweets asking for tips on how to keep cool.
When sunlight enters through your windows, it generates heat, which makes life very uncomfortable for you in this hot weather.
Here are 5 quick tips which can help you cool down immediately, and 5 practical long-term solutions for your home:
1. Blackout blinds or curtains
One tip is to close the curtains in the morning before it gets too hot, and to open your curtains and windows in the evening to allow in the cooler air. A rule of thumb is to open the windows when the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature.
Blackout curtains or blinds work well for preventing sunlight from entering your room, and have the added advantage that they help to keep heat in during the colder Winter months, AND save you money on your energy bills.
If you think Blackout blinds are boring, think again. Improvements in technology now mean that these blinds are available in decorative fabrics. A blackout lining can help bring out the lustre of the fabric design on the room-facing side of the blinds. Rich colours and textures look sensational, especially with Louvolite’s luxurious Chenille, shot silk and satin ranges.
We make and fit blackout blinds and curtains – get in touch and we’ll measure up and give you a quote.
2. Solar Protective Coating (SPC)
Some of the best performing fabrics have a solar protective coating that reflects the heat and light. Louvolite’s Solar Protective Coating (SPC) lets in natural light whilst reducing solar gain.
Look out for fabrics that have this protective coating. We are happy to advise you on this and can show you samples of the various fabric designs available. Give us a ring on 01603 334085 or book online for a free home visit.
One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to have some form of external shading. Awnings work well in this respect. If you are worried about trying to fit an awning, give us a ring. We do all the measuring and fitting for you.
There is a reason the homes in many hot countries have shutters – they are excellent for keeping your home cool. Shutters never go out of date and are very popular at the moment.
5. Conservatory blinds
If your conservatory is too hot, perfect fit blinds in the roof and sides of your conservatory are a great solution, especially if they are made using an SPC fabric, which is made specifically with solar protection in mind. Perfect fit blinds have the advantage that the doors and windows can be opened without the blinds waving in the breeze.
Alternatively, you could fit pleated blinds in the roof – these are easy to open and close and modern techniques mean that they don’t sag like they used to.
Roller blinds made from an SPC fabric would also work well in a conservatory.
As for general tips that you can action immediately, here are a few that we’ve rounded up from our search of the internet:
1. Turn off electrical gadgets and any appliances that you are not using – these generate heat.
2. Use natural light and energy efficient lighting. Traditional bulbs give off heat, which will be especially noticeable in a small room.
3. Cook outdoors if you get the chance, or use the oven in the cooler parts of the day.
4. Wear loose natural fabric clothing.
5. Choose breathable bedding, such as cotton sheets.