Summer has arrived and with it, the scorching heat and humidity. Your home is the one place you can relax, so how can you make it comfortable during these hot months?
Whether it’s your bedroom or hall, your home is where you can cool down and get some much-needed rest, without having to worry about the heat or ballooning utility bills from cranking up the AC too high.
Here are some top tips to ensure your bedrooms are set for summer, from the experts at IKEA.
1. Ditch the incandescent lights
If you were thinking of making the switch to CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, this is the time to do it.
Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 per cent of their energy in the heat they emit, so tossing them out will make a significant difference in cooling your home while lowering your electric bill as well.
2. Check your textiles
You have most likely refreshed your textiles for the summer, but if you’re uncomfortable while sleeping and the heat gets to you, cotton is key.
Change your duvet for a thinner one, pure cotton bedding keeps you cool!
Lighter colours help bring down the temperature too.
3. Turn off unnecessary electronics
One of those facts that we know deep down but neglect: electronics give off heat when they are on. So, always ensure you turn them off when you are done using them.
Power down laptops and TVs during the day when you are not using them.
Lights are a part of this too, so save them for the evenings and the nights.
4. Add greenery
Not only will this make your house look beautiful and bring in a bit of nature, but it will reduce the amount of sunlight that gets into your home, providing shade.
If you live in an apartment, place potted plants near your windows.
If you live in a villa, plant trees and bushes around in the lawn or front/backyard.
5. Install shutters
You might want sunlight to get into your home, but too much of it can heat up the room and make it difficult for you.
Adding interior and exterior shutters not only reduces heat gain and loss, but the adjustable slats will also let you control how much sunlight gets in.
6. Open the windows
When the outside temperature is cooler than the inside, a cool breeze will help lower the heat of the walls, floors, and furniture.
To create cross ventilation, open windows on opposite sides of the room or house.