Flats to Rent
PUBLISHED 15 MAR 2019
Keeping Your Small Flat Cool This Summer
So far, if 2019 is anything to go by, we may even rival last year’s temperatures. It is unfortunate that everyone doesn’t have access to in-home air conditioning, but that doesn’t remove the need for us to stay cool and comfortable in our living spaces. So, what options do you have when you want to beat the summer heat and just stay cool in your home?
There are a few ways in which you can keep the heat out and stay more comfortable during the hottest months of the year. While you don’t want to necessarily install a new air-conditioning system in a rental flat, there are other ways to keep cool. Let’s take a look at how you can keep your flat cool this summer without air conditioning.
Keep Your Blinds Closed
While this might seem like a rather simple tip, it is worth noting that merely doing this can help keep up to 30% of unwanted heat from coming through your windows. If you don’t have window blinds, using curtains and shades can help save up to 7% of your cooling bills. It can also help to diminish indoor temperatures by upwards of 20%.
Put simply, closing your blinds during the hottest periods of the day will in effect help keep your home cooler, which is especially the case with west- and south-facing windows. It’ll also end up protecting your furniture and upholstery from the devastation of prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Everyone wins.
Better Yet – Install Blackout Blinds
Blackout blinds and curtains help block all sunlight from a room. This naturally insulates your room from the heat of South Africa’s relentless summer sun. While it can become dreary to spend your day in a blacked-out room, consider using these blinds when you’re not at home during the day and then come home to a cooler flat.
Your Doors Can Help
Closing off doors to unused rooms will prevent cool air from moving into these areas during the warmest part of the day. However, at night, you will want to make the most out of the cooler evening hours by letting air flow unobstructed throughout the flat.
Make the Most of Your Fan
This tip will require some electricity usage, but it won’t be as extensive as letting an air-conditioning unit run for four hours. Fill a small bowl with ice, positioning it at just the right angle in front of your fan, allowing air to whip off the ice. The results are magic.
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Contact us to learn more about our services and to find out how we can help you find your next flat to rent in Pretoria. Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have.