As local experts, we understand the challenges of keeping a house cool during the intense French summer. In this article, we offer practical and trustworthy advice to help you maintain a comfortable living space on holiday without relying on air conditioning.

Harness the power of ventilation

It might seem obvious, but opening windows strategically can make a big difference. Open the windows and doors during the cooler parts of the day, like early morning and late evening, to let in fresh air. Close them as the temperature rises to trap the cool air inside. You can also place fans in the windows to create cross-ventilation. Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down.

Optimise indoor spaces

Use shutters wisely - French homes often have shutters for a reason. Close them during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun and keep your interior cool. Open them in the evening when the temperature drops to let in the cool breeze.

Create your own cool breeze

If you have access to a fan, you can create a DIY air conditioner by placing a shallow pan or bowl of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up the cool air from the ice, creating a refreshing mist.

Manage heat-generating appliances

Avoid using the oven during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for no-cook meals, salads, or use an outdoor grill instead. Many electronic devices generate heat even when not in use. Unplugging them can reduce indoor temperatures slightly.

Warm showers

Interestingly, taking a warm shower (yes, you read that right, a warm shower) an hour or two before bed can actually lower your body’s core temperature, aiding a better night’s sleep. The warm water helps to open up your blood vessels, promoting heat loss and preparing your body for rest.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is crucial during hot weather. Staying hydrated helps regulate your body temperature and can prevent overheating. Keep a jug of water in the fridge or add ice cubes to your drinks for an extra cooling effect.

Frozen water bottles

This trick is our favourite. Bringing a frozen water bottle to the pool not only helps you to keep cool but you can enjoy a refreshing drink as it melts. This simple trick can provide sustained cooling and hydration throughout the day, ensuring you stay comfortable even in the hottest weather.

By implementing these tips and tricks, you can keep your house cool and comfortable during the warm French summer. Explore the full potential of your holiday home and enjoy your stay in Provence without sweating the heat.

A bientôt, 

The Provence Holidays team