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Prepare Your Home for a Heatwave

12:00PM 09 April 2024

As we say goodbye to winter and the mercury starts to rise, keeping your home cool and comfortable becomes a top priority. In this quick and easy guide, we’ll touch upon some practical tips to help you beat the heat.

Strategic Ventilation

The age-old dilemma of whether to open or close windows in a heatwave becomes much more important. You can avoid stuffiness by keeping your windows closed during the hottest part of the day. This will prevent warm air from infiltrating your home. Then, in the evening when temperatures drop, open your windows so the cool breezes can flow through and refresh your living space.

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Create Cool Zones

Designate specific areas of your home to function as cool zones where you can retreat from the heat. Think basement and ground floor spaces. These tend to be naturally cooler, so they’re ideally suited as relaxation areas when temperatures are at their highest. It’s also best practice to stock these areas with refreshing drinks, light snacks, and comfortable seating. Why? Well, because…why not?

Improved Air Flow

Maximise airflow within your home with some well-placed fans in key areas. Ceiling fans, oscillating fans, and box fans can all help circulate air and create a cooling breeze and some much-needed relief during a heatwave. It’s also worth considering installing attic fans to expel hot air from your home's upper levels.

Minimise Heat Sources

Identify and minimise sources of heat within your home to prevent temperature spikes. Turn off lights and electronics when they’re not in use, as they generate heat. If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space, consider cooking outdoors. If not, you can always use smaller appliances during peak temperature times to reduce the heat in your kitchen.

Harness DIY Shutters

When considering how to keep the home cool in a heatwave, choosing the right window dressing shouldn’t be glossed over.

DIY Shutters from The Shutter Store block out excessive sunlight and heat while still allowing for plenty of airflow. Our UK-made faux wood shutters are made in just a matter of days, making them perfect for anybody in a hurry.

If you’re particular in your design choices, our interior wooden shutters are available in a greater range of styles and finishes. The perfect blend of function and form.

Got Questions?

Here at The Shutter Store, we’re not meteorologists, but if the last few summers are anything to go by, this one will be a scorcher. So, if you’d like to know more about our shutters, send an email to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk today or start browsing our shutter styles today.