Keeping your elderly loved-one’s home cool in hot weather

Elderly folk are the most vulnerable when it comes to the hot weather as the ability to regulate their own body temperature decreases with age.

Keeping cool

We have previously posted tips on keeping an elderly loved-one cool in the summer, but it’s also a good idea to make sure their home is a cool environment for them to be in too, so we’ve put together a list of helpful hints for you to follow in order to make sure they’re comfortable during high temperatures:

Close blinds and curtains

Closing blinds and curtains around your loved-one’s home can help prevent the sun coming in through the windows and warming up their home, however you should ensure they are not left in the dark and can still see where they are going.

Switch off appliances

You might not realise, but appliances around the house can generate a lot of heat, so it’s best to switch them off at the socket when they’re not in use, don’t just leave them in standby mode. You should make sure fridges and freezers have enough ventilation space behind them also as they can pump unnecessary heat into a room.

Open windows at night

It gets much cooler in the evenings, so this is the best time to open windows and allow a cool breeze to move through the house throughout the night, leaving you with a cool home in the morning.

Invest in a fan

Fans can be a real blessing during hot weather. Ovo Energy says the coolest air in your home will be at floor level, so position the fan on the floor and point it upwards. Position it so that it points outwards towards the opposite wall, unobstructed by large objects. This will bounce the cooler air off the wall and back into the room, mixing with the warm air to help cool the temperature altogether.

As long as it is safe to do so and doesn’t pose a risk to your loved-one, try placing a bowl of icy water in front of a fan, so the air blows across it and cools down the room.