Unless it is a freak year, the weather isn’t always picture perfect in the summer. Yes, the mercury tends to hit the highs for the majority of the season, but there are times when it drops. And, when that happens, it can leave your home feeling a little vulnerable to the elements. Of course, you can grin and bear it and wait for the inevitable surge in temperatures. Or, you can take action to ensure that the summer chills don’t give you the blues. If you prefer the latter, here are the techniques that can make it a reality.
Sometimes, the temperature doesn’t drop by much, yet it feels like you are in the Arctic Circle. The reason for this is that your house loses heat due to a lack of insulation. If the walls, windows, doors and roof are not insulated, the amount of heat lost will be greater. As such, your home will feel a lot colder than the thermometer reads. A simple solution is to check the main culprits and ensure they don’t lose large volumes of warm air. The best trick is to add insulation in the wall cavities. Then, the heat shouldn’t flow in and out like a ghost.
Make A Fire
The problem most people have is that they don’t want to spend money on gas and electric. After all, the summer is the best time of year to cut down on household bills. The good news is that you don’t have to with a log fire. All you need to do is fill it with wood or coal and get it burning. That way, the whole house will get hotter and there is no reason to burn anything else. For those of you without a fire, the next best option is gas heaters. Although they do use energy, heaters tend to be cheaper than turning on the central heating for an hour.
Shut The Doors
Because the weather gets hot and sweaty, it’s a good idea to focus on keeping the house cool. However, the techniques to keep the warmth down are not handy when you want to raise the temperature. Opening the doors is a prime example. To allow cool air to flow through the house, you open every door to create a draft. At night, though, this can make the whole property feel even colder. The trick is to open them when it is hot and shut them when it is cool. Then, you can concentrate the heat in one area.
Finally, the simplest solution is the last one. For centuries, human beings have used layers to increase their body temperature, and you are no exception. Not only is it basic, but it is also very cheap. All you have to do is go to the wardrobe and put on a thick piece of clothing. You will instantly feel the benefit. Just don’t go overboard because too many items can ruin the effect.
When the weather does get chilly, there is no need to suffer through it any longer.
Photo by Simon Rae
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