Woman reveals ingenious 2-pound foil ceiling hack that has lowered her home’s temperature by up to FOUR degrees
- Jay Virdee from Buckinghamshire had an idea after seeing a car with sunshades
- She wondered if she could replicate it in her own home using other materials
- Tried aluminum foil but was too expensive and tore easily then found ceiling work
- Suffers from a rare autoimmune disease and a lung condition so needs to keep his cool
A woman has shared a foil ceiling hack that lowered her home’s temperature by up to FOUR degrees – and cost just £2.
Jay Virdee, from Buckinghamshire, had the idea after seeing a car with a large sun visor in the windscreen and wondered if she could replicate it in her own home.
She said she was “roasted” about the heat in her room and thought she could upgrade from the single-use window film that blocks some UV rays she already had.
Jay, who has a lung condition and a rare autoimmune condition and needs to stay healthy and safe in the hot weather, tried aluminum foil but said it was too expensive because she needed multiple rolls to cover her window and had to change it regularly to be replaced after being slightly torn.
The slide also produced a “total blackout” which it didn’t want. So she kept researching and finally found that an emergency foil blanket worked perfectly to cool down her home.
Jay Virdee, from Buckinghamshire, got the idea after seeing a car that had a large sun visor in the windscreen and wondered if she could recreate it in her own home. Suffering from a rare autoimmune disease and lung disease, she needs to stay healthy and safe in the warm weather
Jay tried aluminum foil but said it was too expensive because she needed several rolls to cover her window and it had to be replaced regularly as it tore easily. She did some research and eventually found that the foil ceiling pictured worked perfectly
The emergency foil blankets are large and reusable and can be purchased in multipacks. It’s still possible to see outside, and they block 50-60 percent of the incoming sun, as pictured
The foil blankets are large and reusable and can be purchased in multipacks.
They are transparent enough to see through while blocking between 50 and 60 percent of the incoming sun.
Jay has provided some safety advice for those purchasing the blanket to ensure it is used correctly.
She said: “A blanket goes a long way – it’s very big.
Jay has provided some safety advice for those purchasing the blanket to ensure it is used correctly. She said that the ceiling is very large and can withstand a lot
She added that the blanket only needs to be used for windows that get the most sun and to put on in the morning or evening
Jay said to check outside the house to make sure the ceiling isn’t reflecting sunlight into cars or other houses
“They’re only necessary so the windows get the most sun, so there’s no need to sell out stores or raid emergency supplies!
“Best to apply in the morning or evening and do a 360 degree check in front of the house to make sure the sun isn’t reflecting into vehicles or other houses.
“It should also be securely attached to ensure children or vulnerable people cannot pull it down and injure themselves.
“My dog loves ANYTHING that sounds crunchy, so I made sure it was out of his reach!”
She added that it’s best to check that the blanket is put on securely so it’s not pulled down by vulnerable people or children who could injure themselves
Jay said developing the hack has made her happier as her lungs are not affected as much as they would be during a heat wave
Jay said: “Extreme heat can trigger a flare-up of health conditions that can leave you feeling very tired and unwell.
“Apart from feeling cooler, I feel happier as my lungs are nowhere near as badly affected as they would be in a heat wave like this.
“Also, you don’t have to leave the fan on all day – which is great when we’re in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.”
She added that as a result of the hack, people won’t have to keep their fans on all day, which will save money during the cost-of-living crisis