How your home can help you survive the warm weather without the need for aircon


We all love a bit of warm weather, especially being abroad where we can return to a lovely cool, airconditioned room.

But when at home, working and looking after our homes and children…it is a vey different story.

July saw the hottest ever day recorded in that month, so many of us went out and panic-bought multiple fans in a bid to not melt during the night.

What other helpful solutions are out there to help us get through the next British heat wave?

Here are some useful tips  


Windows – open or shut?

At the slightest sniff of warmth, our first reaction is to get home and open all the windows. This can be the most counterproductive method to cool down your home. Instead, keep your windows and blinds closed to keep out the heat and once it has cooled down at night, open your windows then.

If you do need to open a window, open another one at the opposite side of the house to create a wind tunnel, you should then experience a nice breeze.


Wall, roof and floor insultation works both ways, it is good at trapping the heat but also good at keeping the heat out. Better Homes Yorkshire do offer an insulation service, click here for more information.

Having your home insulated ensures you get the best of both worlds.


There are mixed reviews as to whether leaving bowls of water around the house actually works. It’s certainly worth a try. The water can help cool down the hot air and having trees and plants around the house act as natural air conditioners and will pump moisture into the atmosphere.

Turn off appliances

We are all guilty of leaving appliances switched on standby. Heat can be generated from appliances around the house. Switch them off to avoid heat gains. Make sure the back of fridges and freezers have enough room behind them as they can pump a lot of unwanted heat into a room.

Buy a fan

If you haven’t got a fan, buy one! A top tip, heat rises so the coolest air in your house is on the floor, so place your fan on the floor and point it upward.    

Get a personalised offer for your home in just four simple steps by applying now and completing our on-line form. Alternatively call 0800 597 1500* or 0113 897 0977**

*Free from UK Landline. **Local and mobile call charges apply
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Calderdale Council Craven District Council Harrogate Borough Council Kirklees Council
Leeds City Council Selby District Council Wakefield Council City of York Council

Latest News

Better Homes Wakefield comes to the boiler rescue

Better Homes Wakefield comes to the boiler rescue

There’s nothing worse than your boiler breaking mid-winter, but for one Wakefield couple Better Homes Wakefield was able to save the day!

17-01-2020 READ MORE

Are you using electric heaters to warm your home?

Are you using electric heaters to warm your home?

Homes across the Yorkshire region are still without gas central heating to keep their home warm this winter. Many rely on portable electric heaters and storage heaters to keep warm with others choosing to wear extra clothing just to keep the cold at bay.

20-12-2019 READ MORE

Don’t let it be a damp December

Don’t let it be a damp December

December is the time of year where many of us have the heating on at some point throughout the day. The constant change in temperature indoors can lead to condensation and damp issues.

09-12-2019 READ MORE

How you can reduce your carbon footprint

How you can reduce your carbon footprint

According to the Energy Savings Trust, household emissions from heating and hot water must reduce by 95 percent to reach the 2050 Net Zero target.

26-11-2019 READ MORE

Wakefield family’s life is changed forever

Wakefield family’s life is changed forever

A family in Wakefield have had their lives changed for the better after Better Homes Yorkshire and Wakefield Council installed a fully-funded new gas central heating system in their home.

22-11-2019 READ MORE

New boiler installed but still on the Economy 7 tariff?

New boiler installed but still on the Economy 7 tariff?

If we’ve recently installed a new gas central heating system into your property and you’re still on the electric tariff, Economy 7 – now might be a good time to change!

14-11-2019 READ MORE