So if you’ve just relocated to Malta you’re enjoying this lovely spring weather, getting your property in Malta ready to herald summer in. If you are a local than you may or may not already have all the tips you may need to keep yourself cool in your home. This read wont hurt as it may remind you of a couple of ideas that you said you were going to do but simply forgot.
Summer glorious summer in Malta means blue skies, blue sea, lots of sunshine and plenty of time to lap it up. Plenty of sunshine on an island in the Mediterranean also translates into plenty of heat which needs to be counteracted somewhat if your Maltese living is to be bearable.
Here are some local tips – some traditional, some non-traditional – all of which are intent on warding off summer heat from your property in Malta, so take note…!
- Your first inclination will be to install an effective air-conditioning system, switch it on at the start of the warm season and leave it on all summer. Cool idea. You will have to prepare yourself to tweak temperatures so as not to freeze yourself; you will have to keep it well-maintained and its filters clean; you will have to brace yourself to pay some hefty electrical bills, unless you get some solar panels installed on your roof.
- Good old-fashioned ceiling fans are very Havana-styled and very effective. If you can have those installed, you will save plenty pennies on your electrical bill and still have fair enough refreshment around the house.
- Third best bet is to have upright fans in each and every room. These come in all shapes, sizes, forms and potencies so the choice really depends on your interior décor and your budget.
- The ‘ħasira’ is a traditional cane blind that rolls up and down with ropes and can be made on order for specific sizes. Buy from the makers for a good price and have it installed on the outside of apertures where the sun beats strongest to shield windows, balconies, terrace doors and front doors. Where you have open balconies, lift the blind up and over the balcony for added aeration. These blinds are usually all drawn down in front of wooden doors to shield the wood from the sun’s drying and damaging effect.
- Line your curtains if you don’t want the sun to permanently damage their colour and fabric. The added lining will also keep interiors nice and dark when the sun is at its strongest. Open those windows and let air spill into your rooms when the air is fresher – early mornings and evenings/night. When the sun is very hot, closing those windows that let it in may actually stop some of the heat from entering your property in Malta too. Keep windows open on the inner yards/courtyards/shafts for ventilation.
- The Maltese tend to remove carpets from their homes in summer, leaving floors ready to be freshened up with cold washes of perfumed water. Your home will need that because regularly opened windows will let the dust in as well.
- Try to keep sheers and netting in place on your windows – mosquitoes and flies will enjoy the reprieve from the heat and share your rooms with you blissfully. Use lavender perfume essences indoors to keep the mosquitoes away.
- As a last resort, arm yourself with a hand-held fan or a man’s woven ‘palju’. You can always fan yourself happily for all you’re worth… enjoy!
This article was written by Marika Azzopardi, a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.