If you’re one of those who don't like air conditioners, you’re indeed doing a great job by not letting the planet suffer due to harmful chemicals released by air conditioners. However, you cannot deny the fact that this summer is exceptionally hotter than ever before and so here I am to help you.
In this article, I have compiled a list of alternatives that would make your house temperature cool. So, here are the-
Best Hacks to Keep Your House Cool in Summer
Keep the rooms dark
We know how hot it is in summer, so, why not try to stay cool by shading your windows? Get your hands on cotton curtains that are dark and thick-lined. Keep the curtains closed from morning until late in the evening till you get back home, your room will definitely be cooler this way as the cotton curtain would shield the harsh sunlight to enter your personal space.
Allow cross ventilation
Grab your phone and set a reminder between 5 am to 8 am and 8 pm to 10 pm. Wondering why? Just do it first!! Done, right? Now, let me now tell you that this is the best time for cross ventilation. To enjoy the cool breeze, you got to release the heat trapped within your house. So, as soon as your reminder alerts you, quickly rush to open your windows for cross ventilation.
Bring in nature
Plants can surely do wonders. Besides making your house look aesthetically appealing, plants like areca palm trees, aloe vera can regulate the temperature as well by dehumidifying the toxins in the air ensuring your house stays cool and comfortable in summer. However, the right placements of the plants matter the most, keep shady trees and plants on the east and west sides of the house to block out the sun’s rays whereas growing creepers and vines can be placed on the balcony grills
Adjust the ceiling fans
Have you ever felt that your ceiling fan is causing you more trouble than the heat rays coming through the windows? To tell you the truth, this can actually happen. If you feel that your ceiling fans are pushing the hot air around the house rather than cooling it down then quickly fix your fan. Ensure that your ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise in summer to push the air straight down. You will then definitely enjoy the cooling effect
Change the lightbulbs
You can blame the incandescent lightbulbs at home for making the summer days worse. These light bulbs are known for producing immense heat, to make things better it’s best to replace them with cooler light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescents (CFLs). When not in use, don’t forget to turn off the lights
Let’s do painting
If painting the house has been overdue for months then use this summer as an opportunity to get the work started at the earliest. Dark walls indeed give an intense vibe to your house but believe me, it wouldn’t let you enjoy for long as they tend to absorb heat, increasing the temperature of the room ending up causing you discomfort. Neutral colors would never disappoint you, they go well with every season. To suggest, white, light green, baby pink, peach and pale yellow would be the most loved colors, these are both, aesthetically appealing as well as prevents heat from getting trapped in the walls
Say no to electric appliances
Baking can wait, you don’t really have to roast yourself up by switching on that oven which is responsible for increasing the temperature indoors. However, if it’s a must to bake occasion then wait until dusk when there’s a blow of cool breeze outdoors, this would definitely maintain a good temperature balance or you can even consider baking or even cooking outdoors. Since electric appliances generate heat, it’s best to minimize their usage and yes, don’t forget to turn off the switch when not in use
DIY Air Fan
You must have heard of air coolers and air conditioners but this may be the first time for you to come across an air fan suggestion. Why invest money in ac or air coolers when you can enjoy a lot better cooling than offered by these. A table fan and a bowl of ice cubes or an ice pack is all that’s required. Switch on the fan, place the bowl of ice cubes or ice pack right in front of it and relax while enjoying the sea breeze
Time to de-clutter
Apart from your mother constantly nagging you to clean up your room, you have got another reason to do so, the summer. A cluttered room feels hot hence remove unwanted furniture, books, newspaper and magazines from the room to make it airy. Pack off all synthetic drapes and thick carpets that give a warm feel and look. Instead, put in thin rugs that also looks good and gives a cooling effect.
Water the terrace
Is your house right below the terrace? Yes? Then you surely must have suffered the most as homes right below the terrace gets the most impacted witnessing higher humidity than any other floors. However, you can turn the situation in your favour. Every afternoon, sprinkle some water onto your terrace, then see the difference, you can then definitely feel the cooling effect
These are the tried and test options that wouldn’t fail to impress you. With these simple hacks, cooling your house naturally can be a smart and budget-friendly way to beat the heat, and, of course, you wouldn’t miss having an air conditioner.