14 Natural Ways To Keep Your Home Super Cool This Summer
The long, hot summers of India are quite unforgiving and you can't survive the hot and humid months without the blessed air conditioners. But this option is neither budget-friendly, nor environment-friendly. Plus, it's not very healthy to breathe the dry and recycled air pushed in by the air conditioners.
So is there an alternative, do you wonder? Because one can't possible swelter in the heat and still manage to lead a decently productive life. We agree. And that's why we have listed here 14 natural ways to keep your house cool without depending on artificial cooling machines. That sounds holistic, doesn't it? Now let us take a look.
I. Get aluminized blinds or insulated curtainsfor your windows. Also go around the house and drape sheets all over the exterior. These makeshift exterior curtains will keep the sun's heat away from your windows but the breeze will be blowing if you wish to keep the windows open.
II. Leave a few windows open after sunset, so that the cooler night air would be blowing throughout the evening. Also, leave all the internal doors open. You may also want to open the closets and the kitchen cabinets as well, as they store the daytime heat and your house won't cool off as much at night. Be sure to close the windows and the blinds as soon as the sun hits your house.
III. Manage your appliances. Incandescent light bulbs also create heat. So switch to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Turn off your lamps and computers when you are not using them. You should also turn off your TV since it emits a lot of heat. And the same goes for some plug-in power adapters.
IV. Avoid using too much water during the hot hours of the dayas the temperature of the water in the overhead tanks rises and produces steam when let out. It creates humidity in your house, which only leads to a hotter and a stickier condition. During the day, don't take a shower or wash dishes/clothes or cook or water the plants. Wait till it is dark.
V. Use smooth white linen to cover your beds and upholstery.Use light-colored cotton bedspreads and throw white fabrics over your sofas during the day since the upholstery fabrics are thick and make you sweaty. Light-colored fabric will reflect the heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth texture will give you an impression of coolness.
VI. Cross-ventilate.If it's windy outside, you can create a breeze inside your home by strategically opening your windows. When the wind blows against a building, it creates a high-pressure area on the side where it hits and a low-pressure area on the opposite side. As the wind naturally moves from the high pressure area to the low pressure one, opening the windows on both sides of your home will allow the air to move through the house, creating a breeze.
VII. Be smart with your landscaping.Strategically placed trees, shrubs and vines can easily cool a home. Plant shady trees and shrubs on east and west sides to block the sun. Grow vines up the sidewalls to shade them from the hot sunshine. Also plant leafy groundcovers to cool the area around your home.
VIII. Keep the refrigerator door closed.While opening the refrigerator door for a cool blast of air sounds good and may cool you off for a short while, it's actually counterproductive when it comes to cooling off your home. The motor in the refrigerator needs to work harder to maintain a constant temperature and ends up generating more heat.