In summer heat one does not feel like going out of the house, but sometimes staying in the house is even harder. However, it is possible to keep the house cool! There are several proven ways.
1. Hang curtains
The conversion of apartments into a Finnish sauna is mostly because of direct sunlight – it penetrates through the glass and heats the air. A good option is to hang white linen blackout curtains on windows: white color reflects sunlight, and flax is the best summer fabric, known for its cooling effect.
2. Install blinds
Dense window curtains block the penetration of sunlight into the room, but still do not reflect them fully. Horizontal metal blinds perfectly reflect the sunlight and protect the room from overheating.
3. Tinted windows
You can also do without curtains and blinds, ordering tinting or pasting sun films on glass windows. Tint films can reflect up to 80% of thermal energy and up to 99% of UV radiation, in short, they can provide comfortable conditions in the room on a sunny and hot day. The color scheme has about 50 kinds of colors and shades, so you can choose the film for any interior.
4. Cover the window with foil
If for some reason tinted glass is unacceptable to you, the affordable alternative would be regular food foil. In addition to foil you will also need double-sided tape, which is better to stick not to the glass but to the frame.
5. Turn on the fan
Among modern fans it is possible to find practically noiseless ones and safe for children – without blades and grills. Some models are equipped with a timer that allows you to set up automatic shut-off (in the range from 15 minutes to 9 hours) – and it is very comfortable during bedtime.
6. Wet cleaning
During evaporation water cools the air and lowers the temperature in the room. You can cover the windows with wet white sheets or “decorate” the interior with wet towels periodically sprinkling them with cold water from the sprinkler. You can buy a humidifier, but you need to be careful: during extreme heat the Finnish sauna can easily turn into a Turkish hamam. Before turning on the humidifier, you need to darken the windows well.
7. Buy air conditioner
The purchase of air conditioner is financially responsible, but a very modern step.