SOS heat wave: tips for a cool house
Your lightest clothes are undoubtedly hanging out and the freezer is probably full of water ice, but what else can you do to refresh yourself during a heat wave? Our tips help you control not just the temperature but also the humidity in your home. Your parquet floor will thank you!
1. Keep the sunlight out
It's not exactly cosy, but keeping your shutters and blinds closed during the day is one of the most efficient ways of keeping your home cool during a heat wave. Wait until after sunset to open as many windows as possible to ventilate. Are blackout blinds out of your budget? Then ordinary pleated curtains are a perfect alternative for a cool and airy room.
2. Go green
Properly insulating your home helps to keep it nice and warm in winter and fresh in summer. You can do this with cavity wall, roof and floor insulation, but just as well with plants on your facade or roof. Mosses, succulents and herbs are smart options because they require little maintenance. The shade of a large tree also works wonders in summer, both for the indoor temperature and for your heatwave barbecue. Another sausage, anyone?
3. Choose your floor wisely
Did you know that your floor can also contribute to a cool temperature in your home? A light-coloured wooden floor reflects sunlight and makes the room appear larger and therefore fresher. Of course, floor cooling also provides relief from the heat, and this is also possible in combination with Parky veneer flooring. Find out all about it here. Not all underlays are compatible with underfloor heating but the integrated moisture barrier makes Parky's Basic and Silent underlays a good match. Lucky you!
4. Monitor the humidity level
A heat wave is usually accompanied by humid air and that's bad news for your floorboards. When the humidity rises above 60%, the odds of cracks and splits increase. If possible, place your houseplants outside for a while or in another room, as they naturally increase humidity. Thanks to its multi-layer construction, Parky is more stable than solid parquet and the floor will shrink and expand less, but in case of prolonged heat a dehumidifier is not a luxury to keep the humidity between 40 and 60%.
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