Summer is back and the summer heat with it. To survive high temperatures, here are a few tips on how to keep your home cool.
Don’t let the heat get to you
Just like it protects your home from the cold during winter, a proper thermal insulation of your home also prevents heat from getting in during summer. However, heat does not only go through your walls and roof, your windows let more than 25% of the heat in. Apart from the use of shutters, blinds, curtains or solar window films, other simple and less expensive means exist to protect yourself from the heat wave: by placing a wet cloth in front of a window, a bowl of icy water in front of a fan or by using an atomiser…
Avoid indoor humidity
Summer is often synonymous with humidity. To maintain a healthy environment even during hot weather, do not forget to check your indoor humidity level regularly (it should be between 40% and 60%). Smart systems, such as Netatmo Healthy Home Coach, notifies you automatically when problems related to humidity changes are detected, and even tells you how to solve them.
Cool the temperature of your home thanks to your garden
To maintain a pleasant temperature throughout the day, think about using greenery. Planted on the south and west sides of your house, deciduous trees, shrubs or climbers provide shade and allow the indoor temperature to get 7 to 9 ° C (44 ° F to 48 ° F) cooler.
Set the right temperature at night
When it’s too hot, trying to sleep can be a real nightmare. Since each member of your family has different needs, learn how to regulate a room temperature to maintain ideal sleep conditions. For example, open your windows and shutters to get some fresh air in the house at night. Equipped with precision temperature sensors, Healthy Home Coach helps you better understand your home to regulate it more efficiently, twenty-four hours a day.
Beware of over-consumption
A rise in temperature is frequently associated with an over-consumption of electricity or even power outages. To avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end of the month when receiving your bill, limit the use of energy-intensive appliances, especially those that create extra heat: halogens, ovens, hob, dryer…etc.
Maximise air conditioning efficiency
If you have an air conditioning system, use it only if necessary to reduce your energy consumption and your environmental impact: turn it off when you are not at home, adjust the temperature according to your needs and rooms, avoid excessive outdoor-indoor temperature differences… To make sure that your A/C system operates properly and ensures a healthy environment, free of stagnant moisture or dust, replace its air filters at least once a month.