Four Easy Ways to Cool Your Home During a Heatwave

Heatwaves often hit for only short periods in the UK. But they can be intense and tend to be difficult to cope with. After all, most of us are used to cooler weather and most homes don’t have features such as air conditioning, which you often find in consistently hotter countries. Therefore, when the heat strikes, you need to find effective and quick ways to cool your home. Some products, such as roof coating systems can be installed to cope with the heat, but also have the advantage of protecting your home in winter.

Here are a few tips to get your home feeling cooler.

1. Coat your roof

Roof coatings are often added during the winter months to protect from wind and rain. An added advantage is that they can help reflect the most penetrating of the sun’s rays, so your home feels cooler inside. A roof coating can stop your home from warming up too much, so you aren’t stuck with a big electricity bill for running fans or portable air-conditioning units.

2. Insulate your home
Installing energy efficient devices products isn’t just something that can benefit you during the winter months, some products that help cool your home in the summer include:

  • Loft insulation – this also helps reflect the sun on hot days
  • Wall insulation – this can help prevent heat entering from the homes of neighbours
  • Double glazing – good double glazing can help keep the heat outside

These products are often installed in homes that feel damp or leaky, so are sometimes added at the same time as a roof repair coating. When used together they can help your home feel warmer in winter, and cooler in summer.

3. Use blinds and awnings

It’s best to stop your home from getting too hot in the first place, rather than trying to cool it down once it has already overheated. In countries with very hot climates, you’ll often see homes with shutters to block direct sunlight for this reason. Blinds can have the same effect, and you can quickly and simply close them at times when the room has direct sunlight coming in. Awnings are also an excellent way to cool things down. For certain rooms of your house that may be in direct sun for extended periods they are ideal – as well as giving you a shady spot to sit outside. It’s the same sort of principle as using a metal roof coating, you are trying to keep as much sun as possible away from the house, keeping the temperatures as settled as possible.

4. Keep doors and windows closed

It’s tempting to open all your doors and windows in the summer, but by doing this you’re just letting the cool air reach unused rooms. It also allows for the hotter air of the day to replace the cooler night air. Stick to cooling one room at a time, such as the living room or bedroom, so you’ve got somewhere comfortable to relax.

For roof coatings that can make your home more energy efficient, contact Kingdom Coatings, Unit 1 & 2, Block 2, Ward Street, Alloa Industrial Estate, Alloa, FK10 1ET. Call us on 0800 228 9436 or e-mail info@kingdomcoatings.co.uk to find out more.

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