Tips to keep your house cool this summer

It’s that time of the year when all you want to do is sit back at home and sip a glass of chilled juice.  But, after a while, even relaxing at home becomes impossible when the fan seems to do nothing but circulate hot air into your room. As the hot air beats down at the back of your neck, concentrating on anything becomes impossible. Even in Bangalore, summer afternoons can be quite trying. Which is why we have a few effective tips and tricks that you could use to keep your home cool all through this season.

And all this, without having to crank up the air conditioner!

  1. Let the cool night breeze in!

    Hot air rises up. This means, during the night all the hot air rises up leaving only cool air at ground level. By leaving the windows open, you let in the cool breeze that will at least ensure that your nights are cool and comfortable.

  2. Keep your chores for the night.

    Electrical appliances generate a lot of heat. So keep your washing, drying etc for the night so that it doesn’t add to the heat of the day. Skip or at least reduce the usage of other electrical appliances like ovens and microwaves. Remember to switch on the kitchen fan after you’ve used the stove. This ensures that the warm air is sent out and improves the air flow.

  3. Keep the blinds closed during the day.

    It is important to use light coloured blinds that reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorb it. And keeping the blinds closed during the day ensures that your home remains much cooler than the outside temperature. When you keep your blinds open, the heat enters the house but does not leave. This results in a greenhouse effect causing your house to become humid.

  4. Change your AC filters regularly.

    If you have to beat the heat, you need to ensure the smooth functioning of your AC. Changing the filters regularly will help ensure that there is no stoppage or build up of dirt. This also ensures that the air flow and quality is efficient.

  5. Cross Ventilation.

    If your real estate developer in Bangalore has designed your flat or villa keeping cross ventilation in mind, windows and doors can be cleverly positioned to ensure that there is a constant movement of air through the house. If you are planning to invest in flats in Bangalore anytime soon, keep these points in mind. Cross ventilation ensures that hot air doesn’t get trapped inside your house leading to a rise in temperature. Also, using less heat absorbing materials like wood in your flooring and even your walls, can cut out much of the summer heat. Concrete stones and bricks often radiate heat absorbed during the day at night leading to warmer temperatures with the house than usual. Keeping the floors wet, especially at peak noontime’s also helps in bringing temperatures down.

Use these tips and beat the heat this summer. Enjoy the best part about summer like the juicy mangoes and endless ice creams. Have a good summer!

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