The heat of the summer is on, and you may be thinking it’s time to put the AC units in the windows and hunker down in the shade. But wait, there are alternatives! There are several techniques that, when applied smartly, can help you keep your home cool without affecting your wallet or environment.
Open windows when the temperature drops
Keep your windows closed during the day, when the air is hottest. But when the temperature outside is lower than the air inside, you can open your windows to create a cooling breeze indoors.
A fan placed to blow cooler air into the house will help you chill out faster, and opening windows on opposite sides of the house can create cross breezes that help cool it down faster, too.
Turn lights off and invest in energy-saving lightbulbs
Light bulbs are another source of heat in homes and should be kept off when trying to cool your house down.
The type of lightbulb you choose can also have a big impact on their heat-generating abilities.
Conventional incandescent light bulbs generate light quite inefficiently, giving off waste heat in the process, so switch to low-energy light bulbs to reduce overheating and save money."
Use poppy seeds or thermocol sheets
Poppy seeds are available in the market in summer. Hang it on the door and window and keep sprinkling water on it, it will lower the room temperature. In the same way, you can put thermocol sheets on all windows and doors to keep warm air out of the room.
Close the doors to unused rooms
Minimize the amount of space that needs to be kept cool by closing off any rooms that aren't currently being used.
Invest in some house plants
Plants can help keep your house cool. They act as natural air conditioners and generate moisture into the atmosphere through a process known as transpiration.
The most heat-efficient plants are peace lilies and rubber plants as they work best in humid conditions. Having a house plants or two around will help keep house cool in summer naturally. Don't forget to water them - especially as the temperature creeps up outside.
Change out the sheets on your bed
This tip might seem unimportant, but it makes a world of difference to your home’s temperature. Pick lighter fabrics, preferably in brighter colors such as white, since they reflect light and heat and help keep your house cool in the summer. The material of your sheets also matters because lightweight fabrics breathe easier than thicker ones. Since changing your sheets now and then is a great way to freshen up your home, this is a valuable investment.
Avoid using the oven or stove
Cooking generates excess heat and can significantly raise the temperature inside your home. Also, nobody wants to stand in the hottest part of their home in this weather. Opt for meals that don’t need cooking, such as salads or sandwiches. If you must cook, try doing it outdoors on the grill. Not only will this keep your home cool, but it also gives you an excellent excuse to get extra mileage out of your grill!
Place some bowls of water around the house
Leaving bowls of water lying around might seem a little strange, but doing so can help cool hot air. Simple but effective.