With the heat so overwhelming, you only want to move to the North Pole? Before making this decision (at the very least drastic!), think about refreshing the rooms in your home with a few simple tips.
1. Home decor: plants everywhere
Green plants are in style in contemporary settings. That's good, because they have anti-warmth properties. Apparently, in addition to converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, plants would lower the temperature of the room in which they are located by storing it. That's not trivial!
2. A little break thanks to ice
Here's a proven grandmother's tip. Freeze dozens of ice cubes and place them in a waterproof bag or in a wet cloth bag that you can hang up high (for example, using a hook on the ceiling). Then connect a fan behind it: when in contact with frozen water, the air will cool down. Sit close by to make the most of the artificial breeze. Psst! To avoid causing damage during melting, it is better to place a tray underneath.
3. Blinds and curtains... closed or open?
When the sun is shining, it is tempting to let the rays in. It is true that all this vitamin D is beneficial! On the other hand, UV in the windows means greenhouse effect (which is very dreadful!). It will therefore be necessary to close the curtains and blinds as much as possible to prevent the thermometer from rising. To get outside air in, leave the window opened a little. Did you know that there are heat blinds that repel UV rays? Come to the store to discover our wide selection!
4. Changing your decor for the summer season
Have you ever thought about changing your decor slightly according to the seasons? If you have a room that contains a lot of warm textures such as wool, fake fur, thick throws, flannel bedding, solid cushions and velvet curtains, it will be warmer in this one. Replace these accessories with lighter items made of cotton, silk or short bristles. And if you go into the big renovations while painting, be aware that lighter colours keep the heat away.
5. Homemade light reflectors
Even if the curtains and blinds are closed, are you suffocating indoors? Why not install light reflectors? Some people use products for car windshields. It is also easy to make them yourself using aluminium foil on large cardboard boxes.
6. Screens timeout
Westerners spend many hours in front of TV, computers, tablets and smartphones. The heat wave is the perfect excuse to force the family to shut down the screens. Indeed, all electrical appliances produce heat and raise the temperature. Instead, include board games, card games and good discussions. For greater impact, also disconnect the lights.
7. Cooking? Yes, but...
During heatwaves, the oven is an enemy! It's better to sulk if you don't want to fry! Outdoor cooking appliances are therefore ideal. But if you don't have one, there are other solutions. Some will take the opportunity to order from the restaurant while others will opt for non-cooked dishes such as salads or sandwiches.
It is true that nothing can replace an air conditioner, but thse few tips will probably allow you to "survive" on hot days. Best of luck!