Summer time can make even the best of us feel drained out and lethargic. That's just the effect the sun's heat has on everyone. And if your home is subject to the scorching rays, then staying indoors might seem like a tedious task. However, with just a few adjustments, you can keep the heat out of your house, and cool your heels while the sun blazes outdoors. Here's how to get started:
Draw the drapes
Install white window shades or blinds to reflect heat away from the house and keep them drawn to act as a shield. Shop for curtains in dark colours like rust, maroon and dark brown, to keep sun rays at bay and to keep the inside cool. You could also opt for awnings for the south and west-facing windows to reduce solar heat absorption.
Control air movement
The easiest way to control the temperature in your home is to increase the flow of cool air while keeping hot air out. While this seems painfully obvious, many homeowners miss following this key trick. Right after sunset, when the temperature drops, the outdoors are cooler than our homes. So throw open your windows to let the cool breeze in. Shut the windows again by late morning. This will ensure your house has plenty of cool air that will stay sealed-in for the day. This is also a great way to reduce the use of air conditioners, thereby saving up on electricity costs!
One of the best ideas for summers is to add more flora to your house. Plants act as natural coolers and shade your house by obstructing direct sunlight. If you have a front yard, go for deciduous trees which leaf out in spring and shed leaves in autumn and winter. This will help you be prepared for all seasons. Those living in apartments could plant vines along the balcony, as climbers reduce temperatures by shading walls from the sun.
Turn off the heat
Plan your daily chores well and avoid all activities that add to the high temperatures. Use dishwashers and ovens in the night when it has cooled down a bit; better still, skip the drying cycle on the dishwasher, instead let the dishes dry naturally overnight. Think again before using the hair dryer. And yes, another little check-in-the-box that helps in a big way is keeping all electrical appliances (including laptops) in 'off' mode when you're not using them.
Make a DIY air conditioner
Place a metal bowl filled with salted ice in front of a table fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. As the salty ice in the bowl melts, the air around it will start to cool off and you can enjoy a cool breeze even on a sunny afternoon without having to reach for your air-conditioner remote.
White and bright
Avoid using dark-coloured bedsheets in your house during the this season. Instead, opt for cotton sheets in lighter shades (preferably white). Light-coloured fabrics reflect heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth textures would give an impression of coolness.
Considering how hot it's already gotten, just the thought of what awaits us in May exhausts us, at yowoto. We hope these tips help you beat the sweltering heat in some small measure. What are the things you do to keep your house cool during hot summer days?