Maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home day and night
Maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home is essential for your health and general well-being, as well as the health of your home. Conditions which are too hot as a result of incorrect thermostat settings can be costly, and of course the external temperature is also a major factor in your comfort levels.
With the recent burst of good weather and warmer temperatures, have you noticed an impact on your home and your health? To help you adjust to the increasing heat outside, here are some tips on maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home day and night.
- Thermostat: Turn that thermostat down for your water heater to cool the water slightly for your shower or bath, and you’ll save money on your fuel bills without sacrificing comfort. It’s also a good idea to turn your radiator thermostats off during the hot weather so that you’re not wasting money heating your home for no reason.
- Prickly heat: Exposure to hot temperatures, like sitting out in the garden all day at a BBQ, or sleeping under blankets which are too heavy at night, can result in this itchy red heat rash across your skin which is uncomfortable. This condition normally goes away on its own after a few days, but you can prevent it by making an effort to stay cool, sticking to the shade during the day and wearing loose fitting clothing to allow your skin to breathe and prevent further sweating.
- Sleeping and blankets: Sleeping in the hot weather can be very problematic – you can have a very restless night if you go to bed too warm. Firstly, address your pyjamas and blankets – cool, light layers which you can easily remove if you feel too warm are key. Also, if you can’t keep a window open for ventilation, try a desk or ceiling fan to keep the room a comfortable temperature.
- Opening curtains: Normally, we would recommend that you open your blinds and curtains fully to let the sunlight stream in and heat your home naturally, but in the summer when it’s already too warm, you might be more inclined to close them to make the inside of your home a more comfortable temperature. If you can, try opening opposite windows or doors to create a cross breeze if you find the inside of your home is stifling.
- Water bottle and fan trick: When you have a desk fan blowing in a warm room, often the only thing it does is to circulate warm air – hardly refreshing when you’re already too warm! Instead, place a frozen bottle of water directly in front of the fan and this can immediately cool the room down and provide you with some much-needed relief.
- Fan blade direction: If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are in the correct position for summer, otherwise you could end up making the space feel even warmer.
- Choose cotton over all others: Cotton bedding and cotton clothing are the idea choices for hot weather as this material is lightweight and breathable. It also allows for air circulation which is a key factor in helping you stay cool when the weather heats up.