Summers are here which means blistering heat and humidity. During summers, everyone wants to relax and chill in a cool and breezy environment.
However, a lot of people cannot afford expensive cooling systems, air coolers, and air conditioners. No doubt, keeping a house cool in extreme heat is a tedious task. But, do not worry because there are a couple of ways you can adopt to kick off unnecessary heat from your house.
All these ideas are very easy, convenient, and affordable.
So, let’s have a look at them.
How to Keep a House Cool
The following are some of the ways you can adopt to make your house cooler this summer.
- Dehumidify Your Space
- Reduce Sun Exposure
- Use Neutral Color Palettes
- Switch Off the Lights
- Don’t Forget the Doors
- Set Your Cooking Hours
- Cover the Furniture
- Work on the Ventilation of the House
- Minimize the Use of Electronic Devices
- A Cheaper Alternative of AC
- Designated Time for Laundry and Ironing
- Damp Your Curtains and Blinds
- Use the Night Air
- Grow Plants
- Use Those Ceiling Fans
- Take Care of Yourself
1. Dehumidify Your Space
One of the best ways to get rid of heat is to dehumidify yourself and your space. Humidity in the room can cause a feeling of discomfort. To decrease the level of humidity in the room, you can do the following things:
- If you have an exhaust fan in your, switch on it. It will allow the humidity to pass from the room to the environment.
- Check for any kind of leakage in your room. Usually, leakages in pipes may also cause humidity in the house.
- Use charcoal pieces and place them in your room. Charcoal has carbon in it that absorbs unwanted moisture from the air.
- If you have indoor plants in your house, move them somewhere else. Plants need water and they tend to increase the humidity level of the room.
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2. Reduce Sun Exposure
Direct sunlight can increase the temperature of your house. It is also not good for your skin as it contains ultraviolet radiation. Place blinds, curtains, and reflective glass on your windows.
For additional benefits, try to use blinds that are made of natural materials such as bamboo. These blinds are not only inexpensive and eco friendly but they also block the unnecessary sun exposure.
3. Use Neutral Color Palettes
This is the key to achieving a soothing and cool house. Use white or offwhite paint on walls and ceilings. This will not only make your room bigger, brighter but it will also lower the temperature. White color absorbs heat and reflects it back as well.
Similarly, use neutral tones such as white, beige, browns, light blue, etc to decorate your house or apartment.
4. Switch Off the Lights
Do you know that electric bulbs and lights in our house tend to increase the temperature of the house?
Switch off any lights to save bills that you are not using. It will not only save you tons of money but it will also decrease the temperature of the room.
Pro tip: if you live in a region that gets a lot of sunlight, go for a solar panel. Install it in your house and generate your own electricity. It is not only a cheap alternative but it is also very convenient.
5. Don’t Forget the Doors
If the temperature of the room is lower than the outside temperature, close the door. It will help you retain the temperature for longer. You can also use wind blockers for your doors. These blockers will help you retain the cool temperature by blocking the warm air from the outside.
6. Set Your Cooking Hours
Cooking can increase the temperature of the house drastically. If you want to maintain a cool temperature, cook dishes that require less use of the stove. You can also set your cooking hours to keep your house cool. Cook during cooler hours. And most importantly, do not forget to switch on your exhaust fans. It will help you lower the heat in the kitchen.
7. Cover the Furniture
Use breathable and smooth white fabrics to cover the furniture pieces. White fabric retains less heat, absorbs the excess heat, and also reflects back the excess sunlight. As a result, furniture and interior of the house stay cooler in the process.
8. Work on the Ventilation of the House
Open the windows at both ends of the house. By doing this, you will allow the air to move throughout the house. This will ensure cross ventilation of the house. This step looks simple but trusts us, it will make a huge difference in your house.
9. Minimize the Use of Electronic Devices
Did you know that all kinds of electronic devices give off heat as a byproduct?
Yes, you heard us right.
If your kids play a lot of playboxes, or your TV is switched on, it is time to give them a rest. Find other family activities such as board games, reading, music, and vice versa. Give this hack a try and you will feel an immense difference in the house temperature.
10. A Cheaper Alternative of AC
AC is very convenient and comforting, no doubt about it. But, it is really heavy for the monthly utility bills. If you do not want to spend heaps of money on AC, do not worry.
Many people wonder how to keep the house cool without AC? Look no further because we exactly know how to.
Another excellent alternative of an AC is ice. It’s a classic, but it’s proven to work. Take some ice in a bowl, place in front of a fan, and you get an instant air conditioner. This hack might not drastically decrease the room temperature but it will decrease it to a great extent, that’s sure. Get to know how to prepare your house for winter.
11. Designated Time for Laundry and Ironing
Just like cooking, you need to do the laundry and ironing during the cooler hours. Laundry and especially ironing radiate a lot of heat. Put the washed and damped clothes on hangers and let them dry. This will drastically reduce the ironing time, hence reducing the overall temperature of the room.
12. Damp Your Curtains and Blinds
Take an empty water bottle and fill it with distilled water. Sprinkle the water all over the curtains and blinds. This will make the air cooler and temperature will decrease. If it’s a breezy day, then this hack will work even better.
To add freshness into the house, mix essential oil or natural fragrance into the water and sprinkle it all over the curtains and blinds.
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13. Use the Night Air
During summers, the nights are usually cooler. Make most of this time. Open all the windows and allow the house to breathe fresh air. However, security should be your primary concern before leaving them open as you doze off. Make the necessary preparations like installing grills or just leaving the upper windows open if you live in a two-story house.
14. Grow Plants
Plants give oxygen, we all know about it. But interestingly, plants make the place cooler and fresh. If you have a balcony or outdoor area, make use of it. Plant trees and shrubs and you will observe a gradual decrease in the temperature of the house too.
15. Use Those Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a tremendous help in keeping your home cool enough. They are way cheaper than air conditioning systems and reduce the heat drastically. They keep the air moving constantly which obviously cools your home down.
But be sure that the fans are rotating counter-clockwise during warm weather. This helps your house cool better.
16. Take Care of Yourself
Apart from the house, you need to take care of yourself as well. Drink lots of water and natural juices. Wear breathable fabrics such as cotton. Such fabrics allow the air to pass and don’t make your skin irritated.
Also, take a spray bottle and fill it with rose water. Spray it all over your face for instant freshness and a soothing effect.
So, these are some of the most reliable methods and ways to keep your house cool during summers. All these hacks are tried and tested by many people. Use these hacks and make your house cooler this summer. To enjoy these summers plan early morning trips, you can go on hiking or visit swimming spots. Some of the dams in Pakistan are famous for their swimming spots even they also have beautiful picnic spots and fishing options.
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Do you have a hack that we missed? Let us know in the comment section below. We will be more than happy to incorporate your ideas into our blog.