As the temperatures soar, we rely on the fan or the AC to keep our homes cool. However, what many are not aware is that there are other inexpensive ways to beat the summer heat. Follow these tips and keep your cool.
- Invest in blackout curtains
An effective way to block sunlight is by using blackout curtains. They work as a natural insulation against the heat. Buy curtains in light shades with a white plastic coating.
- Keep your blinds closed
A lot of heat comes from the outside and hence it is best to keep your windows closed using blinds or curtains especially between 12 noon and 3 pm. This will keep at least 30 percent of the heat out and you can save on your electricity bill.
- Use your doors wisely
During the hottest part of the day keep unused rooms closed. This will prevent cool air from permeating these areas.
- Make the air from the fan cooler
Here is a simple trick. Mix some ice in a big bowl and keep it in front of a large fan so the air whips off the ice in an extra-misty, extra-chilled state. You will feel like you are enjoying the sea breeze. It works like magic.
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise
Not just your bedding but your ceiling fan also needs seasonal adjustment. In the summer set the fan to run counter-clockwise at a higher speed. A wind-chill breeze effect will be created by the fan's airflow and you will feel a lot cooler.
- Swap your sheets
A great way to keep the heat out is by switching your bedding to freshen up a room. Use cotton during the hotter months as it is cooler and breathes easy.
- Focus on body temperature, not the house
You can survive without air-conditioning just like your ancestors. Apply a cold cloth to your wrists and neck as well as sip iced drinks. This way you can keep your body cool. Also, use cotton clothing during summer months. At night keep a bowl of cool water on your bedside table. If you feel too warm in the middle of the night just dip your feet in the water.
- Make your bed heat-proof
While you sleep put a cool Chillow under your head. At the foot of your bed place, a water bottle filled with ice cold water. Not kidding, just splashing some water on the sheets or placing them in the freezer before bedtime helps.
- Turn on your exhaust fans
Make the maximum use of exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom. This helps while cooking and after a steamy bath.
- Sleep low
If your floor is cooler put the mattress on the floor and sleep on it. You can also shift to a basement bedroom if it is cooler.
- Let the night air in
Temperatures may drop during the night in the summer months. Before you go to bed open the windows and let the night air in. Before things get too hot in the morning close the windows.
- Start grilling
To cook during the summer is the most difficult task. Take your cooking outdoors and start grilling.
- Ditch the incandescent lights
Switch to compact fluorescent lamps, and CFLs. Incandescent lights not only add to your electricity bill but emit a lot of heat as well. This way you can make your house cool and save on electricity bill as well.
- Make a few long-term improvements
You can make a couple of changes to your home if you're really committed not to use the AC. Start using insulated window films. Near light-facing windows start planting trees. It will protect your home from the sun’s harsh rays.