Living in London has its benefits. You’re close to some of the greatest attractions and sights in the world, the social capital of Europe is at your fingertips and all your amenities are within easy reach.
However, knowing how to cool down your apartment in the height of summer can be a struggle no one enjoys.
Today’s apartments in London come in all shapes and sizes, from tower blocks to skyscrapers. Due to the nature of these buildings, trying to keep cool (even in the winter sometimes!) is a real struggle.
If you’re wondering about the best way to lower the temperature in your home, see the video below where our Maanaging Director, Savva, explains the key aspects of options available to you.
Read on for more on information on Savva’s handy points below and to find out how air conditioning is a real and easy possibility for your apartment.
When the weather turns hot and sticky, there’s no need to suffer, Cool You have the solution. Here are some top tips for when it comes to trying to cool down your home.
Should I open a window?
Opening a window might seem like the cheapest, simplest and most straightforward idea, but it could have some nasty knock-on effects.
By flinging open your window, you may get the impression that you’re doing yourself the world of good and letting in fresh air, but the chances are you’re doing the opposite.
If you’re next to a road or railway line, which would most likely be the case in London, you will be opening your home up to pollution from the streets, damaging your air quality and even causing health complications.
Aside from the increased levels of noise, there are particularly dangerous amounts of nitrogen dioxide in London’s air, which comes from diesel cars and can really ruin your day if you inhale too much – a risk not worth taking just to cool down your home.
London is notoriously hot and humid in the summer months because it is hard for a breeze to move through simply due to the sheer number of buildings.
Any air that is moving is most likely being funnelled through the streets, and it most likely won’t be coming towards your window, meaning that you won’t be able to cool down your apartment easily.
Opening a window also runs the risk of compromised security, especially if you’re near street level.
You may have flung open your window in a desperate attempt to get some fresh air but those pesky criminals won’t be sympathetic if they catch a glimpse of your TV.
Aside from keeping criminals out, closed windows prevent any pets you own from escaping into the street, and an open window would be just what an opportunistic cat or dog needs to run loose.
So overall, opening a window to cool down may seem quick and easy, but the long-term risks in London outweigh the benefits.
Should I buy a fan?
These days you can pick up a fan for a few pounds, and initially, you may think you’ve found the best solution when searching for how to cool down your apartment. The reality is that this will only be a short-term gain.
A fan-only moves the air in front of it, so you need to be sitting close to it to feel the benefit.
By sitting next to your fan, you’ll struggle to hear anything else but the fan blades cutting through the air and the breeze passing over you, making it hard to relax in front of the TV or enjoy music.
Using a fan is especially difficult at nighttime, particularly if you’re a light sleeper. The sound and the sensation will keep you awake but turning it off will make you hot – not a fun predicament to be in.
Adding to this, if the air is hot in your apartment already, it will simply be shifting warm air from one part of the room to another.
It will never truly lower the temperature in the apartment and potentially even warm it up further.
As with any piece of machinery, particularly one with a motor, residual heat builds up as it operates and will eventually add to the room’s ambient temperature.
Air conditioning for your apartment
Air conditioning is the cleanest, safest and easiest way to cool down your apartment, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that you would never qualify for a system.
Traditionally your options for air conditioning were limited. You’d be confined to having big condenser boxes on the outside with holes made for ducting, which we all know you can’t do with apartments. That’s where Cool You comes in.
We provide fully internal air conditioning systems, meaning that everything is contained within your apartment with no compromise on performance or control to cool down your apartment. This is the best way for Londoners to cool down their apartments.
Cool You have a fantastic track record of solving cooling issues and providing internal air conditioning systems in apartments; just take a look at our case studies to see how unobtrusive and easy to use our systems are, as well as how perfectly cooled your home can be.
Plus, there will be no holes on the exterior of the building … a must for apartments and listed properties!
If you would like to find out more about how Cool You can cool down your apartment, call 0207 043 2275 now or use our handy Price Guide calculator to estimate the cost of air conditioning without an outside unit for your apartment today.