The Costa del Sol in summer is one hot place. On one hand that’s a major attraction; a lot of people buy a home on the Costa del Solprecisely because of the weather. Others like to keep their cool a little more, but love the Spanish lifestyle.
One thing both types tend to have in common is that they want to keep cool inside their home – it’s great to be able to choose when the temperature toasts you! Of course you can do this with air conditioning, but not everybody wants that on 24/7 over a sizzling Marbella summer. The electric bills might be off-putting, and they aren’t so great for your health.
Fortunately there are other ways to keep your new Costa del Sol property as chilled as the Spanish lifestyle. Check out these ideas:
Choose the right bed sheet material
Sometimes it is the night that brings the most challenge. Nobody wants to lay awake tossing and turning, sweating and getting agitated. It helps to make sure your bed sheets aren’t worsening the problem.
Choose sheets made from natural, breathable material like bamboo and Egyptian cotton; they’re softer too. Soft fibres will soak up moisture, which is helpful, but you’ll need to wash them more often!
Avoid materials like polyester, nylon, satin and silk. The latter two might look impressive but they aren’t worth the discomfort during a scorching hot summer.
Put up blinds or drapes
Blinds are a superior choice to curtains, and the more light-reflective they are, the better. It makes sense to choose white for this reason. You can expect a heat gain reduction of around 40% with these kinds of blinds.
Drapes might be your preference and that’s actually the best option, with certain factors considered. For instance, how effective drapes are at keeping your home cool depends on the colour you go for. The ones with a light to medium colour, like beige, make the best heat-reducing drapes. Provided that they also have light-coloured plastic backing, you can expect over 30% heat gain reduction.
A folding design ensures heat escapes by convection, and fabric should be an open or closed weave. If you can get some with a black-out lining, even better; you can actually buy the lining to attach to the current drapes, if need be. The more light is blocked, the cooler the room will be.
Motorized blinds or drapes on a timer is another great idea, because you can program them to close at the hottest times of day so that your return home is a lot more comfortable.
Invest in some decent fans (and maybe a dehumidifier)
Fans are an obvious one, but the type of fan you choose is as important as the way you use it. Counter-top fans aren’t the greatest; you’ll want to get some of the tall, powerful standing fans in. When you stand these in the centre of the room and set them on full rotation, you’ll get maximum relief from the heat. Make sure you test them first if buying from a shop, or check out the reviews if buying on the net.
One great little hack to cool the room with a fan is to place a large bowl full of ice in front of it so that the air bounces off this on its way to where you’re sitting.
Installing a ceiling fan or two will do the world of good for your air circulation, although it is not capable of bringing the room temperature down. In conjunction with an open window or door, it will provide some relief. Positioned directly above the bed, they can make sleeping a whole lot more comfortable, as they tend to be much larger than standing floor fans.
Lastly, on days where you’re struggling with high humidity, it may be worth having a dehumidifier or two in the house.
Put an awning over the front door
You may be more familiar with seeing these over shop doorways, but they are for more than just decoration. They can look very nice if you choose the right style and colour, so it could be viewed as a home improvement project too.
On the other, awnings happen to be great for bringing the temperature down inside the building. Obviously the cost of this will be offset by the air-con bill savings, sooner or later. If you have a south-facing door or window, an awning will reduce the heat gain in your home by at least 60%, and for doors and windows that face the west, even more so at up to 80%.
They make good weather protection in that they are also good for keeping the rain off you, much like a porch, so an awning would be handy in the winter months too.
We hope that any concerns you had of overheating in your home have now disappeared. If you’re ready to check out some of these stunning Costa del Sol homes, then we’re ready to show you.