In hotter months, it’s enticing to wrench the AC or plant yourself before the closest fan. In any case, these aren’t the only tricks to keeping cool. It turns out there are a lot of approaches to buffer your home from the warmth without racking up your electric bill.
- Invest in blackout curtains.
Blackout curtains block sunlight, naturally insulating the rooms in which they’re installed. We recommend neutral-colored curtains with white plastic backings to reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise.
You may not realize that your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set to run counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you and your guests feel cooler.
- Sleep low.
Heat rises, so hit the downstairs couch or basement, or put your mattress on the floor to feel the cool air down there.
- Let the night air in.
During summer months, temperatures drop during the night. So make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. You can even create a wind tunnel by strategically setting up your fans to force the perfect cross breeze.
- Hack your windows.
To create a cooling pressure, open the top section of windows on the windy side of your house, and open the bottom section of windows on the other side. Also consider facing a exhaust fan at one window to push hot air out, and try wetting a sheet then hanging it in front of the second open window like a curtain for a chill-infused breeze.
- Be smart about your doors.
Closing off unused rooms will prevent cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.
- Make a few long-term improvements.
You can make a couple changes to your home that will keep it cooler for seasons to come. Insulated window films, for example, are a smart purchase as they work similarly to blinds. And additions like awnings and planting trees or vines near light-facing windows will shield your home from the sun’s rays, reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs and make your investment even more worthwhile.
By Deepika, IDEARCH Architects, Jalandhar, Punjab