06 June 2023
Beat the Summer Heat: Stay Cool and Save Money with Smart Money Cymru!
Summer has arrived in Wales, and if the past few weeks’ weather is any indication, we're in for some scorching days ahead! As we find ourselves working from home more often, it's essential to create a comfortable environment that not only protects our health, but also boosts productivity. With global warming also on the rise, this issue isn't going away anytime soon, and it can become quite costly, especially with the increasing cost-of-living. But worry not! Smart Money Cymru is here to provide you with the answers on how to keep your home cool without breaking the bank.
Close the Windows
When the sun is shining and the temperature is soaring, it's tempting to fling open your windows and let in the fresh air. However, did you know that doing so can actually make your home hotter? Leaving windows open throughout the day allows warm air to enter, heating up your living space even more. Our advice is to open your windows early in the morning and late at night when it's cooler, then close them during the day to preserve the cool air inside. Don't forget to keep your curtains closed too! Opt for light-coloured blinds or curtains made of heavier fabric to reflect the sun's rays. But hold onto your darker curtains for the winter when they can help retain heat.
Keep Your Doors Closed
While you're at it, remember to keep your doors closed, especially if you're using a fan. By closing off rooms, you ensure that the cool air stays where you want it instead of wandering around the house. Opening doors in the early mornings and evenings, along with your windows, allows for proper airflow throughout the house and prevents it from feeling stuffy.
DIY Air Conditioning
Air conditioning may not be a standard feature in UK homes, but that doesn't mean you have to go without. Creating your own air conditioning system can be just as effective and cost-efficient! One simple method is to hang a wet sheet in front of an open window, which cools the air as it enters your home. Another trick is to place a dish of ice in front of a fan, maximizing its cooling power.
Keep Your Sofa Cool
No one enjoys the sticky feeling of a leather sofa on a hot day. To prevent this, try placing a lightweight throw or sheet made of natural fibres like cotton or linen on your sofa. These breathable and light materials will keep you comfortable and cool during warm weather.
If you're fortunate enough to have a garden, why not take advantage of it during the summer? Using the oven or stove can generate extra heat in your home, so why not enjoy the warm summer evenings by dining al fresco? A barbecue or a refreshing summer salad can keep you cool, all while enjoying the great outdoors.
Don't Forget to Keep Yourself Cool!
There's no point in cooling down your home if you're still wearing heavy clothing. Opt for loose, lightweight garments made from natural fibres like cotton or linen. Use an ice pack or cold water in your hot water bottle and apply it to your wrists and feet to circulate the cold around your body. Most importantly, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and don a hat when the sun is harsh to avoid sunstroke and burns. After all, you don't want anything to ruin your summer plans or your long-term health!
At Smart Money Cymru Community Bank, we understand the importance of staying cool and comfortable during the summer while also being mindful of your budget. By following these tips, you can beat the heat and save money on energy costs. Stay cool, stay safe, and enjoy a fantastic summer in Wales!