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Last updated on June 20th, 2023

Stay cool this summer

Long sunny days, evenings in the garden and alfresco lunches; summer has finally arrived in full swing. To help you make the most of the heatwave, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top jobs you can do to help beat the heat.

Summer has arrived!

Long sunny days, evenings in the garden and alfresco lunches; summer 2024 has finally arrived.

To help you make the most of the heatwave, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular jobs currently for homeowners across the UK.

Installing air conditioning

Air conditioning has hugely risen in popularity in the UK over the last few years. With heatwaves becoming more intense, people have needed a way to keep cool on those hot evenings in bed. And with more people now finding themselves working from home, air conditioning is a lifesaver for hot home offices.

The cost to install air conditioning in a house will depend greatly on the house itself and the type of air conditioning system you want to install, but on average, installing air con in a small home office is between £1,750 – . For a double bedroom, you’re looking at an average installation cost of £2,250 – £3,000.

Find out more in our air con installation cost guide.

Air conditioning

Fitting a ceiling fan

If air con isn’t your bag then consider installing a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are a great way of circulating air around the room and creating a breeze to cool you down. They’re very economically friendly to run, costing less than a 100w bulb to run and equating to just pennies for a few hours of use.

A ceiling fan could set you back in the region of £540 for both the fan itself and installation. If you’re a fan of the lower price and cool evenings (see what we did there?), take a look at our ceiling fan installation cost guide for more information.

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Add window coverings

Whether it be blinds, shutters or curtains, window coverings are a great way to stay cool in the summer.

Shutters could set you back around £240 per m² . Take a look at our shutter cost guide for more information.

If you’re considering blinds, take a look at our shutters vs blinds guide.

Installing a swimming pool

Picture this; it’s sizzling hot, the music’s playing, you’ve got a cold beverage and your toes are dipped in a refreshing pool. It’s no secret that swimming pools are the hottest accessory of the summer.

If you fancy building your own slice of paradise without the need to jet off abroad to enjoy the poolside lifestyle, then you can expect to pay, on average, £105,000 for an outdoor pool and £152,500 for an indoor pool.

Take a look at our swimming pool cost guide if this sounds like something you want to dive into.

swimming pool

Fitting a hot tub

Okay, we get it, a hot tub is hot, and not exactly the best way to cool down, but a hot tub is brilliant for those summer nights when the sun goes down and you want to make the most of the garden.

A hot tub can cost between £2,800 – £21,700 to purchase. And if you want to take it to the next level, why not consider turning your garden into a Love Island paradise?

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Installing an irrigation system

Take the labour out of watering your garden and treat your plants to an irrigation system.

Not only does it take on a job for you, but it also provides plants and lawns with the care they need over the warm summer months.

Checkatrade gardener, Ali Ahmad at Al’s Gardening Services told us, “investing in a sprinkler will improve the health of your lawn greatly.

The grass grows very fast this time of year (summer), and so is using nutrients from the soil very quickly, so add nutrients to the lawn with a granular fertilizer.

The cost of installing an irrigation system will depend on the size of your garden, where it’s being installed and if you’re having a sprinkler system or drip irrigation system. You should look to budget between £250 – £315 for a drip irrigation system per zone, plus labour.

Find out more in our irrigation system cost guide.

lawn irrigation system

A fun idea for your pooch

Last but not least, and arguably, the most important project of them all, is to install a dog shower. A dog shower is the perfect way to keep your pooches not only cool, but clean too.

Find out more about the cost to install a dog shower in your home.

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