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With a number of areas in South Africa battling a heatwave many people are looking for cheap and effective ways to keep their homes cool. Image: Rosy – The world is worth thousands of pictures / Pixabay

Beat the heat: Here are 4 cheap ways to keep your home cool…

Many parts of South Africa are seeing temperatures above 35°C so here are some cheap and easy ways to keep your home cool.

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With a number of areas in South Africa battling a heatwave many people are looking for cheap and effective ways to keep their homes cool. Image: Rosy – The world is worth thousands of pictures / Pixabay

A number of areas in South Africa have been facing heat waves. With temperatures going above 35°C people are looking for ways to keep cool during the heat.

While there are many ways to keep your home cool during this time, these options may not be in the budget for many across SA. Airconditioners and portable fans are options many cannot choose from.

There are, however, ways to keep your home cool during the heatwave that are not going to break the bank,

How to keep your home cool in the heat

Close curtains/blinds/window shades during the day

USA Today states that the first rule when the temperature rises is to keep the heat out as much as possible. This means closing your blinds, curtains or window shades during the day.

If you don’t have blinds or curtains on your windows, there’s always the option of pinning a blanket or sheet over your window. While this may not be pleasing to the eye for many, it’s a really good way to keep your home cooler.

Keep your interior doors OPEN

Keeping your room doors and other doors inside your home open allows the air temperature in your home to equalize. This should bring the temperature inside your home down slightly.

Do you have a hot water bottle? Here’s what you can do

Turning your hot water bottle into a cold water bottle is a smart and easy way to keep yourself cool.  All you have to do is fill the bottle with cold water and if you want, add a few ice cubes. This cools your bed down at night and allows for a peaceful slumber.

Spray the heat away

Keeping old spray bottles around may come in handy during this time. Those who have access to a spray bottle can fill it up with cold water and LIGHTLY spray your bed sheets. The aim of this is not to soak your sheets but to mist them.

Evenings could become uncomfortable with the heat and this will hopefully make your night more bearable.

Airconditioners and portable fans may not be in the budget for some so here are some cheap and easy ways to stay cool in the heat. Image: Erich Westendarp / Pixabay

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