Summer is in full swing, and with it hot weather and very high temperatures. While these are simply unpleasant for most people, sustained over a prolonged period they can become dangerous. What do you have to bear in mind when fighting the heat? What AIMWIN products can help? Is it worth using air conditioning?
WHY DO WE FIGHT THE HEAT?
The greatest danger from prolonged exposure to high temperatures is heat stroke. Young children, the elderly and pets are particularly vulnerable to it. The rapidly warming air in a room and the difficulty in ventilating it due to the equally unfavourable external conditions can cause excessive sweating, headaches and dizziness, chills, significant weakness or unconsciousness.
In addition to the adverse effects on health, persistent strong sunlight and high temperatures can also damage domestic appliances and electronics, cause furniture to fade or accelerate the spoilage of food left outside the fridge. For this reason, it is particularly important to be adequately prepared for the hottest months of the year and to combat excessive heat. Fortunately, there are tried and tested ways to significantly reduce the impact of high temperatures on household members.
ROLLER BLINDS AND FACADE BLINDS
One of the best ways to combat the heat, which is particularly worth considering for a detached house, but also increasingly used in flats, are AIMWIN external roller shutters. Lowering them means shielding the window from the outside and stopping all or part of the sun’s rays, which would otherwise contribute to overheating the flat. A major advantage of AIMWIN roller shutters is that they are technically and colour-coordinated with the windows and other products in the company’s range.
Their advantages do not end in summer – in the colder months, lowering the cover results in the creation of an air cushion preventing the escape of heat from the flat, and thus reducing heating bills considerably. A robust roller blind also protects the window against noise and adverse external influences. A similar type of protection, although due to a lighter construction, slightly less effective, is also provided by façade blinds.
A slightly cheaper solution in the fight against the heat are internal blinds and roller blinds. Unlike their external counterparts, they do not protect the window glass and woodwork against external factors and heat, but only prevent the sun’s rays from penetrating inside the flat. However, they are able to make a significant contribution to lowering the level of sunlight and preventing excessive temperatures from rising. For this reason, they are worth considering if you do not have the option of installing external shades.
Slightly more traditional curtains and drapes also perform a similar function. In their case, the effectiveness of keeping out the sun’s rays depends, of course, on the material, but they have much better decorative qualities compared to roller blinds and shutters. For this reason, they are particularly often chosen for the living room or bedroom. On the other hand, they are less suitable for the kitchen or bathroom, where they are prone to absorbing moisture and odours.
The first hot days of summer always mean problems with the availability of stand fans. This simple device is not able to cool the air, but – by setting it in motion – it creates a pleasant sensation of low temperature. Its disadvantages, however, are the entrainment of dust particles and its high blowing power, which can contribute to the development of allergies and cause rheumatic pains with prolonged use.
Actual cooling, albeit to a limited extent, can be provided by an air conditioner. This combines a fan with a water-soaked form of radiator through which air is passed. Far more effective, however, is the air conditioner, which represents a rather expensive investment, but it is very easy to convince yourself of its benefits, as it provides air treatment in addition to cooling. Its disadvantages are, unfortunately, its high noise level and energy consumption, as well as the need for regular servicing and cleaning.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN COMBATING THE HEAT?
Fighting the heat at home requires your attention. A simple mistake such as leaving a south-facing window open can make re-cooling a room much more difficult and lengthy. When using shades, remember not to overdo it and turn your cosy home into a dark cave, just to lower the temperatures inside as much as possible.
When using electrical appliances, on the other hand, be mindful of cleaning them regularly and avoid the strongest settings. These can be tempting, especially a while after returning from outside, but often contribute to respiratory diseases, dry skin and rheumatism. Fortunately, you can win against the heat by ensuring favourable conditions for yourself and your household.