Using an air-conditioner is like a pre-requisite for many during summer. But, there are other methods you can use to make your home a cool place even as the mercury rises
It’s no surprise that temperatures are certainly starting to heat up. You might be jumping from the air conditioner of your office, to your car, then to your home. When you reach the home front, you want your home to be cool and comfortable. In the summer, two common problems caused by exposure to excessive heat are heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Here are some easy ways to cool down your home during the scorching heat
If you stays in terrace attached flat apply a reflective coating to the roof to reduce the amount of heat inside
Try using air conditioners only when needed. Air conditioners create an artificial environment and artificial air. Try using a ceiling fans to keep cool when the humidity is lower.
Place a piece of cardboard covered with aluminum foil on sunny windows to reflect sunlight and heat away from the house. Close shades or draperies on sunny windows. Vacuum clean or replace air filters regularly for maximum cooling efficiency.
Sunny windows can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows. If you want to replace your windows, consider the new double-pane windows with spectrally selective coatings
Effective lighting can also be used to reduce heat. Minimised overhead lighting is recommended. While reading or doing a task, usage of a lamp is recommended instead of turning on an overhead light. Daylight bulbs are bright and white, but there are also soft tones that are closer to the standard incandescent light bulb. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use less energy and produce less heat.
As for fabric and colors, use light coloured fabric slipcovers over furniture in the summer. This is applicable for floor coverings as well. Wool, oriental carpets should be rolled up in the summer and light coloured sisal area rugs should be used. This follows the basic principle that dark colours absorb and hold heat while light colours reflect heat.
If you have microwave ovens, make full use of it in hot weather. Microwave cooking can reduce energy consumption by two-thirds and produces much less waste heat than your stove.
Check your bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans to make sure they are working properly and are not blocked or obstructed where stale air exits your home.