12 Great Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Indian summer
Welcome to the scorching Indian summers! These are days when staying cool becomes your top priority in order to not feel energy-drenched. Though air-conditioning is like a silver bullet for summer months, but not everyone has the enough money to afford the same. On the other hand, if you choose other options such as window unit or fan, you’re more likely to develop heat-related symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea caused by heat exhaustion.
However, the good point is that there are several ways to cool down yourself without powering up the air conditioner. Let’s get to know about them.
- User cooler light bulbs
Do you know that an incandescent bulb radiates 90% of its energy as heat? Since most homes have 30 to 35 light fixtures, your cooling system expends a lot of energy counteracting their effects. It is recommended to replace them with Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulbs, which emit 75% less heat.
- Hit the shower
This is another great way to cool down your body but don’t towel off completely. This is because anything that puts water in touch cools you down as water that evaporates stimulated sweating.
- Drink as much you can
Here, I am talking about water. Hydration helps your body move blood to the surface more efficiently, and it allows you to sweat. You can add various flavors to make the water a bit tasty.
- Shield your windows
About 40% of heat comes in your home through windows, particularly those facing east and west. To restrict it, curtains, shades, and blinds should thoroughly fit windows and be a light, reflective color.
- Choose cotton bedding
Make a habit of sleeping with cotton bed sheets as it allows your body heat dissipate to the surface and sweat can evaporate.
- Let the cool evening air in
If the outside temperature is normal during evenings, crack a few windows open to let a cool breeze come through and cool the house. Make sure you close them again before sunrise.
- Dress appropriately
Loose-fitting, light clothing goes a long way toward keeping your body temperature low. It’s time to bust out those organic cotton shorts and tank tops!
- Learn from your pets
How does your cat manage with the rising temperature? She snoozes! If you can squeeze in an afternoon nap, go for it.
- Plant a tree
If it is possible, plant trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun. The extra shade will protect your home from the sun’s rays.
- Chill out
Turn on your table fan and stick a frozen bottle of water in front of it to get some cold air circulating.
To keep cool air inside, get that caulk gun and seal off anywhere that air might be escaping. A handy draft dodger can help seal up those difficult leaks at the bottoms of doors and windows.
- Hack a fan
Try out this trick to get cool air from a fan. Fill a mixing bowl with ice like an ice pack and put it at an angle in front of a large fan; it will make the air whip off the ice at an extra-chilled, extra-misty temperature.