Its blazing hot again and most of us cannot afford to keep the air conditioners switched on the whole day. Apart from being very expensive, it is also very environment unfriendly. There are several ways to keep our homes naturally cool through the summer which we are sure you will find useful.
1) Keep the Rooms Dark
Use dark curtains and keep the curtains drawn through the day. This help block the sunlight out and keeps the room cooler. Use thick linings with the curtains to prevent them from fading. We now have the option of using black-out curtains which help reduce heat gain by up to 33%.
2) Cool the Home with Water
A bucket of water can cool your room. It’s a simple home hack which works wonders. Just dip the lower part of the hems of the curtain in a bucket of water. Switch on the fan. The water will gradually seep up through the fabric and the breeze from the fan will carry it through the room making it cooler.
3) Keep Plants Near the Windows
Get some large leafy plants and keep them near the windows. They absorb the heat coming and as a result create a cooling effect around them. Putting awnings near the windows also work well as they shield the house from the sun rays thereby reducing the amount of heat the home absorbs.
4) Use Cotton Sheets
Use cotton sheets and cotton pillow covers through the summer. If you have leather upholstery on your couch / sofa, put some covers or throws made of cotton on them. Use light coloured fabric and upholstery during summers.
5) Ditch the Incandescent Bulbs
This is the time to switch to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). Incandescent lights end up wasting 90% of their energy in the heat they discharge. Replacing them with CFL or other cool lighting options will reduce your electricity bills and also the heat in the room.
6) Use Dehumidifiers
Dehumidifiers work well in summers too. They help reduce the humidity in the room and makes the room a bit more comfortable.
7) Declutter you Rooms
Cluttered rooms feel hot. Declutter the room by removing unwanted curios, furniture, books, magazines etc. Change the décor to give it a summery feel. Replace your thick rugs and carpets with thin rugs made of jute.
8) Open Doors and Windows in the Evenings
As dusk approached, open the windows in the house. This lets the cool breeze in and helps the house also get cooler through the nights. Also open the other doors in the house including the doors of the cupboards and cabinets. This helps the heat dissipate and reduce the ambient temperature. However remember to close all the doors the next day.