Contrary to popular belief, air-conditioners and coolers are not the best ways to cool down your house during summer. We give you more cost-effective and eco-friendly ways to beat the heatBhavneet Singh email@example.com
Each summer, our various attempts to keep our houses cool hit the nature very hard. Though we cool down our house with ACs and coolers, we end up wasting a lot of energy. But here are a few tips that can help your electricity meter avoid a few units, and also, help our environment in the long run.
The first and the most important thing that we need to do is to plant as many trees as possible in our neighbourhood. How many times have we heard that? I bet over a million times. And it might even sound funny to many of us, but it is a fact. Trees are the best absorbers of the heat in summer and maintain some amount of water vapor in the air which helps the overall temperature to go down. And planting a tree is a long term investment. You plant one, and it will protect to you for years to come. So go ahead and plant a tree!
Now, for some in-house tips, try to seal off all the windows or openings in the East and West corners of your house. This is because they face direct heat from the sun. So by sealing them off, you will be restricting the entry of heat into your house and at least cool down your house by a degree. Also, avoid keeping your doors and windows open during the day. This will keep the humidity and the heat out of the house. Install white window shades. The can help you to reduce the temperature by up to 40 percent.
Women of the house might find it challenging, but avoid cooking in the afternoons. Try finishing off the cooking in the morning, or wait till the evening. You don’t want your house to bake from inside when the sun bakes your house from outside. So avoid cooking in the afternoons. This might look like a hectic schedule for the morning, but then, it’ll help you keep your house cool through the day.
Lighten things up. Make sure that your house is painted in light colours, especially the roof. This will prevent the roof from absorbing heat and funneling it into your house. And if possible, get a reflective coating on the roof. This will reflect the heat of the sun and cool the house down by about 5 degrees, which is not a bad deal at all. If that is not possible, then get some hay from the market, and spread it on your terrace. Sprinkle water in intervals of 2 hours. This will cool down your roof.
The simplest thing that you can do is keep sipping on luke warm water all day. Though it sounds unappealing, trust us when we say, it will help you cool down. Do it and know the difference for yourself. By doing so, you will avoid the continuous functioning of the fridge which helps the nature in the long run.
Make sure that you capture the patterns of nature. The summers usually get cool breeze in the evenings. Make sure that you open up all the windows during that time and get some cool air in the house. This will help you get through the night without any artificial cooling. This is like capturing the nature itself.
If you think table fans help you cool down the room, then think again. They don’t. Instead they heat up your room. The motor of these fans produces heat and throws it around the entire house which worsens things. So avoid the use of table fans.
If you’ve got curtains hanging in your house, use a small spray to sprinkle water on them. This water that is sprinkled on the curtains will become vapor which in turn will bring down the temperature in the house. Make sure you do it with a spray and not a bucket, because that would waste a lot of water, and not give the desired results.
With soaring rates of ACs and air coolers, not to mention the exorbitant prices of electricity, it’s in our best interests to do everything we can to ensure that we are least dependent on artificial means to beat the way. Instead, how about us all go green and in the long run also ensure, we get cooler and better summers in the future!