I live in a small, one bedroom, second story flat in a city centre. As the weather becomes hotter, my home becomes unbearable, even with all the windows open.
I am here all the time at the moment working from home due to the coronavirus lockdown and am struggling to keep it cool.
What are the best methods, aside from opening windows, to cooling it down? Are there any fans that come recommended?
Stuck inside: Many households will be feeling the heat this weekend as the weather gets hotter
Grace Gausden, This is Money, replies: The weather over Easter in some parts of the country touched 25 degrees.
With summer fast approaching and constant better weather on the horizon, more households without a garden will be worried about how to keep their home cool.
The Government imposed lockdown is keeping us all inside in an effort to beat the coronavirus pandemic and this could go on for at least another three weeks.
The warmer the weather, the hotter our homes are, which can prove to be problematic if we are staying inside all day.
The first thing to do is open all the windows in your home to let a natural breeze filter through.
However, this in itself is likely to be sufficient. Therefore, you will have to invest in a decent fan or, if you really want to cool down, purchase an air conditioning unit, although this will be much pricier.
There are a number of other simple tricks, including opening your loft hatch, although this will depend on your home and the type of insulation you have and whether you even have one.
Closing the curtains is another way to keep the heat out and you could also try having a go at your own air conditioning system by setting up a shallow pan full of ice in front of a fan.
If you used a fan instead of air con to keep cool over 3 months, the savings could total £1,162
The breeze from the fan will create a cool mist as it picks up cold particles from the ice.
Light bulbs will also give off heat, so take advantage of the light evenings and make the most of the natural light around you to keep the temperature down.
Similarly, putting something reflective on the outside of the glass or using window film can keep the overall temperature of the room down, by bouncing sun rays away.
Getting good quality cotton sheets is also a benefit with breathable pure cotton sheets as the recommended type to keep cool.
One myth to avoid is that opening the fridge door will cool down your home quicker, however, it actually heats your house up faster as it will pump more heat out of the back than the cooling it will provide.
The best temperature for a home is 18 degrees, according to the World Health Organisation, for healthy people. However, this rises to 20 degrees for the old, young and those who are unwell.
It is advised that most households would feel comfortable heating their home between the two temperatures.
Victoria Arrington of Energy Helpline replies: With more of us indoors during this concerning time, it’s natural to be wondering how to keep energy bills affordable whilst keeping your home comfortably cool.
There are many options out there – from turning on the air con to switching on a fan, to even just opening a window. But if you need to keep extra cool, you will likely have to rely on a fan or air con.
However, it’s important to make the right choices in the methods you choose, as the differences in price can be dramatic.
If you want to cool your home on a budget, you could save significantly more by simply switching to a bargain energy tariff and running a mid-range fan to blow away the heat.
By doing so, you’d only spend £3.66 a month to cool your home versus spending £391 a month if you decided to stay on a default tariff and turned on a high-end air con – a cost of about 99 per cent more.
If you used the fan instead of the air con to keep cool over three months, the savings could then total £1,162.
And if you switch, your bills would remain more affordable far beyond the warmer months. Those who switch to a bargain tariff save £280 across the year on average, all in exchange for just a few minutes of time spent switching.
Grace Gausden, This is Money, adds: This is Money has done some research to find some of the best fans currently on the market, which can be found below.
The Dyson tower fans are some of the most popular – and expensive – on the market
Those with cash to splash: If you’ve got a fair bit to spend on a fan, perhaps with the money you’re saving by working from home, then your best bet is to opt for a Dyson fan.
The Dyson Cool Tower fan is one of the most popular on the market thanks to its unique style and ability to cool a whole room. Although it will set you back £349.99, it is possible to pay in installments.
Tower fan on a budget: Those who don’t have hundreds of pounds to spend on a fan can still get a decent cooler for less.
The Ecolighters tower fan, available on Amazon, is just £39.99 but has great reviews. It can be operated manually or via remote control and has three speeds.
Strong and sturdy: A floor fan is another great option to cool down the home.
The Challenge Chrome high velocity tilting fan is only £49.99 and comes with three speed settings and an adjustable tilt.
Working from home: If you’re finding that you’re getting too hot at your desk when working from home, you may need a desk fan.
This basic 12 inch desk fan from John Lewis should do the trick – and at £20, it won’t break the bank either.
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