Simple tips to help people keep cool and safe in their homes this summer have been passed on by, Barratt Homes.

Andrea Pilgrim, sales director, said: “With temperatures soaring, here are a few simple tips:“

Maximise the breeze

It may sound simple but opening windows is still the best way to cool down. Try to stimulate air flow from room to room. Leave doors and windows open to ensure air is pulled both in and out.

Be careful about security

Summer is a peak period for burglaries, so be vigilant about home security. When opening windows for ventilation, consider using window locks. Most new homes are fitted with these as standard, or you can buy them to fit if you have an older home.

Cool bedrooms down before you sleep

According to The Sleep Council, bedrooms should remain at a cool 16-18C to aid sleep. Make sure you open windows early in the evening, so that bedrooms have a chance to cool down. Opening windows just before bed will mean it takes longer for the temperature to come down – leaving you tossing and turning.

Keep your curtains or blinds closed

During the heat of the day when the sunlight is strongest, keep blinds and curtains drawn. This might mean keeping your windows shut for a few hours when the sunshine is at its maximum, but just open them again when this has passed.

Check your insulation

Remember, insulation works both ways. As well as keeping your house warm in the colder months, it will keep roofs, walls and floors cool in the heat of the summer. Those with new-build homes should have good insulation as standard, but with older houses it is always good to check how much insulation you have.

Strategically placed fans

Not everyone is a ‘fan’ of fans but if you use them, position them so they push warm air towards the windows rather than to the centre of a room. This will help to cool the air quicker.

If in doubt – cool yourself down

From freezing water in a hot water bottle to chilling water in a demister spray as a handy refresher, other ways to keep yourself cool are: dampen towels with cold water and place them near to fans, or put pillowcases in the freezer before bedtime.

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