As our climate changes it is expected that we will
have hotter and drier summers. This may
be great news for many of us but we can also expect more extremes of weather
and heatwaves can have a negative impact on the health of the very young, old
or those with long term medical conditions. Over time if we don’t adapt then
our homes will heat up.
There are many ways to keep our homes cooler. You may have noticed on holiday in a warmer
country that many of the houses are painted white and have external shutters or
blinds, these all help to keep homes cooler. Insulating your home not only
keeps it warm in the winter but can also keep it cool in the summer.
Some ideas for keeping your home cool when
the weather warms up include:
Early morning air is usually cooler so let the heat that has built
up overnight out first thing in the morning.
Close your windows when the outside temperature is greater than the
inside temperature (usually by about 10am on a hot day) this traps the
cooler air inside and keep the heat out.
Draw your curtains during daytime hours on hot and sunny days –
especially on the sunny side of the house.
Shade your windows with solar reflective blinds, external awnings
or external shutters.
Insulate your loft or cavity walls
Modifications you may make over time:
Paint your external walls a light colour
Externally insulate solid walls
Coat your roof tiles or walls with solar reflective paint
Replace your windows with low e (emissivity) triple glazing
Herts Healthy Homes is a free information and support service that helps you to stay
healthy and safe in your home all year round. Home visits in the summer remind
people of the need for good ventilation, plenty to drink and healthy
eating, preventing ill health and falls due to dehydration. If you, or someone you know, needs
help or support to stay healthy and well at home call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044and
(calls cost no more than a national rate call to
01 or 02 number) Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm.