Keeping cool in your home

When soaring temperatures strike we can feel pretty hot and uncomfortable at home. But there are some small things you can do to make things easier.

Clothing

  • Wear light-coloured and loose clothing made of natural fibres, rather than man-made materials like nylon.

Water

  • When it’s hot, you’re likely to get dehydrated quicker. It is recommended that you drink eight glasses of water per day – so make sure you get your daily dose of H2O. Why not keep a bottle or jug of water in the fridge so it’s always cool
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol – this leads to dehydration
  • Have a lukewarm or cold shower before you go to bed to help bring down your body temperature

Shut out the sun and let the air in

  • During the hottest part of the day (12pm–3pm), try not to leave your windows open on the sunny side of your home. This stops the heat from getting in
  • If you’re at home during the day, move to a cooler part of your flat or house
  • At night, keep the doors inside your home open to allow a free flow of air. Make sure the windows you leave open are secured
  • Try cross-ventilation. Open windows on the opposite sides of your home
  • Get some indoor plants – they will help to keep things cool

Appliances

  • Fans can cool you down, but remember that they can increase your energy bills
  • Turn off any appliances that give off heat when not in use, eg. TVs and lights

Outside of your home

If you go out during the day remember to:

  • Take a bottle of water
  • Wear sun cream
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Stay in the shade