Summer heatwaves and keeping your home cool! We’ve been wondering when Summer would show its face in the UK! Britain is expected to see its hottest day of the year so far this weekend. Hopefully, Summertime has begun! So, what better time to explain why we should keep our homes cool this, Summer?
Before we go into cooling our homes. How do ‘warm’ temperatures affect our houses? Warm for the UK at least! Realistically, t’s probably not hot enough to do significant damage to our properties. However, there are things we can still protect! Take our flooring for example. If you have carpet, sustained sunlight can bleach its fibres. You might expect this to brighten the colour, but it actually has the opposite, fading effect! What about a hardwood floor? This relates to heat. With temperatures fluctuating during Summer in the UK, the wood expands and contracts. This can lead to your floor warping and becoming uneven. While less likely to occur, it’s still worth looking out for as the last thing we need to pay for at the moment is avoidable repairs. This brings us to our next point!
We are all aware of the rising cost of living here in the UK. Rising energy prices in the home are starting to become quite significant and we should be thinking of ways to reduce this. Luckily, Summertime means we can keep lights off for longer. On hot days like this weekend though, we can try to keep our homes cool naturally, rather than through A/C, which we will talk about later.
It’s simple and we all know the answer really. It’s air movement! Shall we get a bit scientific? Faster moving air displaces the warm air, and this then cools our skin. Fans are obviously great for this, but we want to reduce energy costs. So, just open your windows!
Sticking to this topic, we wanted to compare A/C and Window systems. So, here are some benefits and negatives of each when it comes to cooling our homes!
Windows in Summer:
- Save on energy costs
- Allow fresh air to filter through your home
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Pollen can trigger Hay Fever
- Can increase humidity
Air Conditioning in Summer:
- Fewer insects flying into your home
- Better home security
- Cooler temperatures (obviously)
- Sick building syndrome symptoms such as a scratchy throat
- Build of moisture and fungus or mould
It’s a bit of a myth that opening your windows while it’s hot, actually cools your home. However, this doesn’t mean Windows aren’t the solution! Having Window units with effective insulation means your home will stay at the perfect temperature even in Summer. It will also certainly help you to save on energy cost in the long-term.
We want everyone to be comfortable during the weekend’s heatwave! Maybe you don’t have A/C or well-insulated window systems? Luckily Summer hasn’t officially begun yet! You can get your new units from Verdi, check out the range here.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone!