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Beat the Heat: Ways to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

It’s no surprise that this summer is set to be an absolute scorcher. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything you can do about the temperature. But you can start preparing to keep your home as cool as possible! 

There are a few options when it comes to cooling down your house! They might not all work for you, but you should definitely find a solution in this article. 

Keep reading to find out more about your options for keeping your home cool this summer.

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Be a Fan of Fans

The first and most obvious solution to beating the heat is using various types of fans. They might not be as efficient as an air conditioner, but they’re less expensive, and you can move them around depending on where you’re spending time. 

You can also get a fan with a water or ice tray so that the air is extra cold as it blows over you. 

Remember to assess your ceiling fans for efficiency. If your fans are just moving the hot air around instead of cooling it down, your fans might be rotating the wrong way.

Your ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise in summer. This ensures the air is pushed straight down and causes a cooling effect. On the other hand, a clockwise rotation is useful in the winter to pull cool air up.

If you have the budget for it, an air conditioning system can also make a huge difference to your space. 

Picture looking up at a ceiling fan with the blades spinning fast enough that they are blurry. Fans are a great way to keep your home cool.

Close Those Blinds

You might be tempted to open up all the blinds to let the light in, but a lot of unwanted heat also enters your home when you do that. Simply closing your blinds can drastically lower the temperature in your home, especially if you close them before the sun gets too bright.

Keeping your blinds open essentially turns your home into a mini greenhouse, which is definitely not what you want when it’s already over 30°C outside.

If you need natural light, consider hiring a handyman to apply heat-reducing film to your windows. This film helps reflect the sun and regulates the temperature inside your home.

Wooden blinds that are open with a view of a sunset through the window. Keeping your blinds closed when the sun is highest is a good way to keep your home cool.

Consider Adding a Pool

You don’t just want to keep your home cool this summer: beating the heat is all about lowering your body temperature. And there’s no better way to do this than by taking a dip in the pool.

Not only is it a great way to cool down, but swimming is a great exercise as well. So you can skip going to the gym when it’s too hot outside and do a few laps around the pool instead!

A pool is also a great entertainment area. You can invite all your friends over for a braai and laze around the pool over the weekends.

Swimming pool with a striped beach ball floating on the water.

Be Prepared to Beat the Heat

The main thing you need to focus on this summer is finding ways to keep your home cool. You don’t need to break the bank to install an aircon or build a pool if that isn’t something you’ve budgeted for. There are cost-efficient ways to help you survive the heat.

If you are planning on making some upgrades before the weather gets too hot, contact us to book a home improvement pro.

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