How to keep your house cool this summer

by Housesimple on 7th July 2016

Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is vital for successful viewings. If it's too hot or too cold, potential buyers can quickly feel uncomfortable and might be desperate to leave. This is especially frustrating on hot days as unless you have air conditioning it's near impossible to cool a room down. Prevention is better than scrabbling around for a cure, so here are a few ways to keep the sun's rays from heating up your property this summer. 

Close the curtains 

30% of unwanted heat comes from windows, increasing the ambient temperature by around 5°C. Rooms that face south and west get the brunt of it, as the sun shines in all day. Closing the blinds or using window shades can reduce the heat coming in by 60-80%. 

Use fans 

Your bathroom and kitchen extractor fans are built to pull hot air out of their respective rooms, but did you know they can multitask? Turn them on low and they'll pull some of the hot air out of your whole home. If you have ceiling fans, set them to turn anti-clockwise. This little hack will increase the wind-chill factor, making each room feel cooler. If it's really hot you can place a bowl of ice in front of a table fan for a budget air conditioner before prospective buyers arrive. 

Freshen the air 

Open your windows at night to take advantage of cool evening air. Unless you have a screen, don't do this while the lights are on or you might find yourself fighting insects. Keeping the windows open during the day will also increase the air circulation and keep temperatures at a pleasant level. 

Don't generate more heat 

Activities like cooking big meals, following an exercise DVD and enjoying a long steamy bath will up the ambient temperature of your home. Try to avoid doing these things until evening, when the cooler outside temperature can combat the effect. 

Think about body temperature 

Personal comfort plays a big role in how we react to a property. On really hot days, offer your viewers a glass of cold water or fruit juice to keep them cool and happy.