UK heat wave: how to ‘effectively’ keep the house cool in hot weather with 65p aluminum foil
Britons have experienced scorching heat this week and it’s getting hotter, with forecasters predicting a ‘life-threatening’ heatwave next week across the UK. This means the country is set for ‘unusually high temperatures’, according to the Met Office, with forecasts ranging from 32C to even 43C in parts of the UK under worst-case scenarios. Now everyone is looking for a way to cool down and reduce the temperature in their home, preferably as cheaply as possible.
While fans and air conditioning work, running them is increasingly expensive due to the cost of living crisis and can even lead to potential health issues, experts said.
Plus, homes in the UK are largely built to trap and retain heat, thanks to the country’s generally moderate climate, which certainly doesn’t help.
But there’s a little-known trick to keeping a home cool that only requires a roll of 65p aluminum foil – like that sold at Tesco as well as other supermarkets like Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.
People desperately trying to stay cool have urged others to roll out tin foil and spread on windows, especially those that get direct sunlight.
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“People usually cover the inside of the window with aluminum foil using duct tape.
“Since there is no direct sunlight, the temperature inside the house remains lower than outside.”
Most of the time, the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter pass through the windows.
For those with large windows in the home, air conditioning bills can get exorbitant, which is why some people opt for aluminum siding for windows to keep the heat out of their property.
The expert added, “It can effectively keep the interior cool and help reduce energy costs, especially in the hot summer months.
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“As it is malleable, you can use it to cover any type of surface and different window shapes.”
There are concerns about the safety and practicality of tin foil on windows.
However, according to the expert, there are “no major health or safety risks” associated with tin foil. After all, it is used in ovens.
They added: “People think prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can melt tin foil.
“It’s also a common misconception that it’s a fire hazard, catching fire when heated – that’s far from the truth.”
Tin foil has incredibly high heat resistance.
Its melting point is 660 degrees, which is far higher than average temperatures outdoors at the height of summer, so homeowners don’t have to worry about the paper melting. aluminum in the sun.
For those who prefer an alternative method, they can always have aluminum blinds installed to keep their home cool.
A spokesperson for Unbeatable Blinds said: “As the cost of living has increased in recent months, finding the right thermal blind for you and using it correctly can not only keep you cool during a heatwave, but also drastically reduce the cost of those energy bills that keep rising this winter.
During the summer months, aluminum siding helps reflect sunlight, preventing your space from getting too hot and reducing the heat entering your home by 75%, according to the blind expert.