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How to keep your home cool during the day – so you can relax and sleep at night

The Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning and declared a national emergency.

Temperatures are predicted to reach 37C, with some suggesting as high as 40C by Tuesday.

The sweltering heatwave during the day is one thing to deal with, but it can be absolutely unbearable at night.

Restless sleeps lead into more agitated days, so finding any way to get your full eight hours is essential.

Thankfully, there are a few life hacks that will keep your house cooler during the day, meaning an easier sleep at night.

Keep you blinds closed

The sun’s rays beaming into your home throughout the day can be one of the biggest factors in heating your home up.

This heat can linger into the evening and night so spotting it in the day can make a massive difference.

Blocking theses out with your curtains or blinds can lower the overall temperature.

Know when to open and close windows

It may seem obvious to just have your windows open all the time during the heatwave to let a breeze in.

However, that isn’t the case, as it can entirely depend on whether you have north-facing and south-facing windows.

If they are south-facing, put them on the vent but not open all the way.

If they are north-facing it’s best to keep them shut as to not let any hot air come into the home.

Keep electrics to a minimum

Laptops, computers, TV, all these devices pump out heat throughout the day, heating your home in the process.

It may seem minimal, but it all adds up over the course of 10, 12, 14 hours.

This also includes your lightbulbs, so make sure they are switched off.

On the plus side, it’ll also keep your electric bills down and in the middle of a cost of living crisis that is no bad thing.

Avoid the oven

Similar to the last point, but using your oven during the day can raise the temperature of the house significantly.

This is also true for the stove, so now is the time to embrace your inner Mediterranean chef.

Cold meals, such as salads, pastas, sandwiches and sushi can cool you down and your home.

Camp at home

If all else fails, just evacuate the building.

If you have access to a back garden, deck or courtyard, now might be the perfect time to try out some at home camping.

You can practice your wilderness skills from the comfort of your own home, though expect some funny looks from your neighbours.