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Heatwave conditions: Some tips to keep your homes cool
Heatwave conditions have been forecasted over the United Kingdom and weather forecasters are saying that it is bound to get hotter.
With the coronavirus pandemic still very much around, most people have to stay in their homes.
Although lockdown restrictions have been slowly eased, there isn't really much anywhere that anyone can go to, so you will still be stuck in your homes.
The best thing that you can do is to make your home cool for you and the rest of the family to stay inside. Unless of course your home is fitted with air-conditioning, this may not be much of a problem. If not, then here are some tips that you can do to make your home cooler.
First thing that most of us would do is to open all windows and let the breeze in. Unfortunately, the breeze will not be the only thing getting in. You will also be letting direct sunlight and hot air into your home which will make it warmer.
Thus, if the temperature of your home is cooler than that of outside, it might be best to keep your windows close to preserve the cold inside.
As for curtains, if you have a heavy one, it might be best to open them so as not to trap the hot air inside your home.
But if your curtains are light, you don't have to open them as they can provide you relief from the sunlight.
A fan will also not help much because it would just be pushing hot air around. But, there is a way for you to make the fan work. You can put piles of ice in front of it, so as the ice evaporates, it will make the air cooler. One other way to do this is for you to freeze water in a two-liter bottle and put it between you and the fan.
Whatever you do, always remember that it is important to keep hydrated and stay away from the scorching heat of the sun.