Let’s just say you’re not alone in not remembering the last time you had a good night’s sleep. With temperatures soaring up to 95 degrees and more in Britain, and the parts of the States being hit with a record 117 degrees, it’s fair to say our homes have been feeling like Death Valley lately. Speaking of which, it’s now sizzling at about 125 degrees, which is 4-8 degrees above the average temperature for this time of year, according to AccuWeather.
The worst part of this hell on earth ordeal is, you still gotta find ways to quasi-function in this world. Like making a meal, maintaining at least a minimum level of hygiene, and shutting your eyes for a night’s rest.
So in order to save our overheated bodies and souls, the property expert Kyle Mattison, also known as “That Property Guy” on social media, has been sharing some life- (and sanity-) saving tips and tricks to make the hot temperatures more bearable.
With 298.1K followers and counting, and 3.9M total likes on TikTok, Kyle’s videos have been going viral for handy and helpful advice on all things property. So get your notes ready, everyone, we may finally get that dreamy coolness we haven’t heard from in a while.
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Bored Panda reached out to Kyle, the creator of the TikTok channel That Property Guy, where he shares a bunch of handy advice and know-how related to all things property, from what to know before buying one to sharing his own renovation updates. If you’re about to get into the property ladder, That Property Guy is a go-to source for help, so make sure to hit up Kyle on his Instagram page!
Kyle said he started a TikTok channel “as a way to stay productive during lockdown and help first-time buyers with tips and advice on how to get onto the property ladder.” Since then, That Property Guy’s media channels, including TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, have grown exponentially. Kyle said his content mainly revolves around “DIY hacks, interesting property news/features as well as my own property renovations and journey.”
Shut your windows and blinds during the day
Circulate cool air inside
If you need to open windows, create air flow
When asked what are the most common mistakes people make when battling hot temperatures at home, Kyle said the most common one is opening the windows when it’s hot. “A lot of people think that it lets cool air in,” but he said that the opposite happens: “When it’s sunny, the outside air is warm—so you want to keep it outside and circulate cool air in your home.”
Kyle also suggests trying to use appliances and halogen lights as little as possible, since if they’re all being used, they can create a lot of heat.
Try to use ovens less
Even though housing standards vary a lot around the country/world, Kyle said that “ironically, the more insulated a house is, (normally) the better it is at staying cool. As mentioned, it keeps the cool air inside and insulates from the hot air outdoors (which is why keeping windows and blinds shut is important).”
Moreover, “Older houses and some poorly built newer houses that don’t have insulation/double glazing will start to warm up with the weather,” he said.
Get rid of the duvet
Cool your bedding in the freezer
Consider changing your light bulbs
Turn off appliances when not in use
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“Going forward, governments and local authorities will start to look into building ‘passivhaus’ homes that stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s also important to get energy-efficient appliances to help with the above!”
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