In hotter months, it’s tempting to put on the AC round the clock or plant yourself facing the nearest cooler. Although keeping your body cool in scorching summers may seem like a difficult task, it turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the heat without racking up your electric bill. Here are a few tips to help you and your home remain cooler in summers without air conditioners:
- Open Doors and Windows Strategically
Monitor and open up windows and doors when outdoor temperatures are cooler than indoor, it will allow the cooler air inside. During summer, temperatures may drop during the night. Allow the fresh and cooler air inside by opening the tops of windows at night. Then in the morning, the outdoor temperature might be higher so the windows and doors closed up tightly to trap that cool air in.
In the warmer weather, a fan is an efficient way to keep cool, aiding the evaporation of sweat to reduce your body temperature. They are way cheaper and more economical to run as compared to air conditioners.
- Ice and a Fan
Put a large bowl with ice and place it at an angle in front of a fan. This simple trick creates a cool, misty breeze that feels great on hot days.
- Opt for a White Roof
A white roof reflects heat instead of absorbing it, keeping the warmth from seeping into the rest of your home. It can be a great way to keep your house cool in the summer. If you have a flat or metal roof you can install white roof panels or apply white roof coating.
- Install heat-reflecting film on windows
In the summer season installing inexpensive heat-reflecting film on windows that face the sun will keep your house cooler and reduce glare and ultraviolet rays but they will also reduce the amount of sunlight that enters through the windows.
- Turn off heat-generating lights and appliances
Regular light bulbs are radiate a lot of excess heat, so switching to low or no-heat bulbs like compact fluorescent light (CFLs) or LED bulbs is a simple way to keep your house cool in the summer.
When your electronics are not in use, unplug appliances like toasters, fans or device chargers will help to reduce heat generation formed inside your home.
- Cook Strategically
Using your stove or oven will add unwanted heat to your kitchen. Try to limit your cooking to the early morning and plan dinners that don’t require heating up or can use a crockpot, Instant Pot, your grill, a rocket stove, or cook outside to still have delicious meals by not heating up your home.
- Add Some Permanent Shade
In the summer you can keep your house cool naturally by using shade to block heat from your home. Landscaping with trees can also keep the sun’s ray off of your house and also install awnings to your windows, covered porches that will help provide some shade. This will reduce solar heat gain, the better off you will be, and the cooler you’ll stay.