How to Keep Rooms Cool in Summer

Now that global warming is definitely ‘a thing,’ our summers here in the UK are heating up. 

And sometimes uncomfortably so. To the extent that when the sun is beating in the windows, it can be uncomfortable to be indoors. 

There are inexpensive solutions to preventing direct sunlight and heat, making indoors unbearable, though. The added bonus is you’ll save on having to put on an air conditioning fan unit, so save on your energy bills too. We’ve highlighted some of those penny-pinching and creative sun-blocking methods here – as well as mentioning a few of the more conventional and expensive ways too:

Trailing plants and shrubs

Growing trailing plants and shrubs around your window or directly in front of it can not only help to block out the sun but can also help cool down the air in front of it. That’s because when plants lose water vapour, the air actually cools down too. The downside of this method is that the sun moves, and eventually, there’ll be a spot where the plants can’t block out the light (even if it is for just a few hours).

Put up bubble wrap

Yes, you read that correctly. Why bubble wrap can help to keep out the heat is because it improves the window’s insulating properties. It does this by providing a layer of still and trapped air (in a similar way to double glazing). It doesn’t look great, but if it’s at a back window that no one will see anyway and it means having a cooler room, then it’s not a bad idea. For it to work make sure it’s tightly wrapped and well-sealed around the glass.

Use window film

Insulating window film can work in a similar fashion to bubble wrap by creating a pocket of air. Simply stick to the inside of the glass, and it’ll cool the room down. Another plus with this method is that it won’t block out the light.

Erecting an awning

Like independent, high street grocer, butcher and florist shops, you can erect an awning to prevent the sunlight from beating into your window. It’s also a nice way to decorate the front or back of your house. Just make sure you get professional help to hang them to make sure the angle is exactly right.

@HomeoClockUK: Roof overhangs [such as eaves or awnings] are great, particularly for south-facing windows. If you install them correctly – in the right orientation – the overhangs will keep the sunlight from entering.

Install black-out blinds

Great for shutting out the light in the bedroom if you’re bothered by it when trying to get some shut-eye, black-out blinds will also prevent some heat from entering the room. High-quality blinds in a reflective colour such as white or pastel shades are best.

Put up blinds 

Wooden blinds, particularly in shades of off-white and cream, have become very popular these days. So too, have fabric blinds resembling horizontal Venetian blinds but with fewer and wider slats.