After a long, cold winter, sunnier days are on their way! Days of eating ice-cream in the park, sunbathing in the garden, and… sweating inside your house, wondering at what temperature a human being would melt into a puddle… Here are some ideas on how to keep cool this summer!

Wear light, loose clothes

Although all-black clothing might be your style of choice, it might be contributing to that stifling heat! Dark colors absorb more light and are likely to make you feel hotter than if you were wearing white or other lighter colors. You’ll want to opt for light in terms of the material, too; something like cotton is going to be a lot more breathable than denim, for example.

Cool down your house

Obviously, the best investment to keep your house fresh is an air conditioner, but, is it ok for an air conditioner to run all day? Well, of course, the more you use any machine, the more wear and tear it experiences, and the less time it will last you. You’ll want to be sure that your air-con unit is the right size for the area you’re trying to cool; as otherwise, it just won’t be efficient, and be sure to clean it regularly to keep it running at its best.

Freeze your sheets

You’re going to want to swap your satin sheets for cotton in the summer for a start. One fantastic hack that will give you some relief from the temperature when you get into bed is popping them into a plastic bag and leaving them in the freezer for 30 minutes before bedtime. It might sound a little weird, but it’s totally worth it!

Shut out the sun

One sure-fire way to turn your home into a greenhouse is keeping your curtains open all day! On super hot days, be sure to close your blinds to keep your room from becoming sweltering – you’ll be surprised at just how much of a difference it really makes!

Hack your ceiling fan

If you turn the setting on your ceiling fans to counterclockwise, it will be much better at cooling you down! That’s because, in this direction, the airflow will be creating a breeze and pushing it around the room, perfect for optimum summer temperatures.

Turn it off

You could really make a difference to the heat in your house (and the environment!) by turning off some of your devices and machines! Utilize the sunny weather to dry your clothes on the line, rather than using a drier, as that’s going to really add to the heat, and some lights can even create some warmth. If you have ever left your laptop or phone on charge for too long, you may have felt how hot it can get, and all these things add up, so, give everything a break and unplug some things at the wall.

If you do all of these things, together they will really start to make a difference on those boiling hot days!