Stay cool in your caravan this heatwave

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July 13th 2022

Record temperatures on their way with parts of the UK looking to peak over 40 degrees Celsius for the first time since records began.

 

In North Wales, whilst temperatures won’t hit the 40s, we are still expecting records to be broken. With this in mind, here are some tips and tricks to keeping the temperature in your caravan down (as much as possible, at least!). Extra care should be taken when staying in your caravan as the relatively small space (compared to houses) is easier to heat up - this is despite modern insulation techniques used on modern caravans... and remember to be extra careful with dogs!

 

1. Open vs closed windows

A much-debated topic is whether it’s better to open windows during extreme heat or keep them closed. If it’s hotter inside your caravan than it is outside, open the windows and let the cooler air in. If it’s hotter outside, then opening the window will let hot air in and could increase temperature, so you should keep it closed.

 

The best option is most likely to open your windows in the early in the morning and later in the evening.

 

2. Keep curtains and blinds shut

This one’s slightly more straightforward. Sunlight brings heat so reducing the amount of sunlight that you get inside your caravan will in turn help keep the temperature down.

 

3. Seek shade and a breeze

Whether you have a holiday home on Berthlwyd in the Welsh countryside, St. David’s on the beach, or Coed Helen on the coast, breezes will be welcome in extreme heat. Many of the holiday homes on our sites have decking or outside space where owners can sit back and relax. Creating or finding a shady spot that gets a nice breeze will decrease the intensity of the heat.

 

4. Reduce use of applicances that give off heat

As relatively small spaces, caravans are more prone to feeling the effects of applicances that radiate heat. More so than a family home, for example. Having the gas burners burining or the oven roasting will also have the knock-on effect of heating your caravan. You could also cook on the barbecue outside or prepare food before the heatwave strikes and  heat it up via microwave it if you have one.

 

Even kettles can heat up smaller spaces! Maybe savour your morning brew and reduce the amount of teas and coffee for the rest of the day! 

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