One of Malta’s strongest selling points is the island’s climate, as our summer is definitely a scorcher! Whilst a lot of us enjoy spending this season’s months tanning and socialising, we still can’t help feel that the heat can sometimes get a bit too much! So here are a few tips on how to keep your home as cool as can be, without spending a fortune on electricity bills.
Blackout blinds and curtains
Just installing any window treatment will reduce the amount of heat penetrable through the glass, yet adding blackouts will keep your home even cooler. Blackouts are also very practical if you’re not a fan of any excess light that might flood through your windows in the morning, so including these will decrease the amount of heat entering your home and eliminate light on those lazy morning lie-ins.
This is a great little invention. The film is installed on your windows, and blocks UV light from entering your home. The great thing about them is that you do still get to see through your windows just as usual, and you still get sunlight. All you’re doing is omitting a lot of the heat that would usually travel through, bringing you lower bills and a cooler home. There’s also an added bonus: your furniture and soft furnishings will not get damaged by the harmful rays anymore.
Clean your air-conditioner filters
This little solution makes a big difference. Many people forget to do this, but if you clean your A/C filters every month during peak season, it’ll help give out better quality air as well as make it work more efficiently, meaning that you won’t need to keep your A/C on for as long as usual.
Use the grill or the BBQ, not the oven and the stove
If you have an outdoor space in your home, make sure you utilise it during the summer months. Using your oven or stove will create heat, and when the temperatures are at 30°C – 40°C, this is the last thing you need! So invest in an awesome barbecue and have your friends over for some great food. Most meals that are cooked in the oven can be cooked on the BBQ, so it’s definitely worth a go!
Add exterior shading
Bring in more plantation and trees around the outside of your home, as this will create a natural form of shading which can significantly reduce the amount of heat entering your home.
If you have any other ideas on how to keep your home cool, let us know in the comment section below!
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