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How to cool your home naturally
There is no doubt that walking into an air-conditioned room on a scorching hot day is pure bliss. But did you know that they are some of the biggest power-consuming appliances most houses have?
Simply turning it off will save you big money on your power bill, but is it possible to keep your home cool without it? We have compiled 5 natural, passive, environmentally conscious ways to keep your homes cool so you can turn off your air-conditioner (and save yourself some money too).
Lockout the heat
Sometimes you have to lock hot weather out of your homes for enhanced insulation. This is highly effective and simple – all you have to do is apply caulking or weather stripping around the doors/windows to trap the cool air inside while keeping the hot air at bay. Cover the basics for starters- keep the fireplace flue closed, close the windows which barely offer any cross breeze potential and keep the front door shut.
Try doing something about the temperature of your body and not the house
Try doing a bunch of things that will take care of your body temperature like applying a cold cloth to strong pulsed areas like wrists and your neck or sipping iced drinks. Ensure that you are doing enough to cool yourself from the inside out. You can also be smart about your clothing choices- go for cotton and remember less is more when it comes to summertime jammies.
Be smart with your blinds
A major portion of unwanted heat comes from your windows hence it’s time you start making smarter choices about window furnishings to save on bills and lower indoor temperatures by at least 20 degrees. Heavier drapes also do a better job of denying access to heat and sunlight. The honeycomb structure of cellular blinds trap air in the pockets, allowing these shades to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Better still, go for blockout curtains that naturally insulate and protect from sunlight completely.
Heat Proof your bed
Since you are likely to spend most of your time in your bed you might want to put a cool chillow under the head while you sleep. For the feet, you can take a filled water bottle and put it in the freezer before finally placing it at the foot of your bed. You could also pop your sheets in the freezer or slightly dampen them before bedtime to chill out completely.
Swap your Sheets
This is a great way to freshen up your room and additionally, seasonal switching of your bedding also helps you keep cool. Fleece blankets, flannel sheets, and other similar textiles are perfect for insulation but cotton is a smart choice for this time of the year because it stays cooler and breathes easier. You can also ditch your conventional pillows and go for a buckwheat pillow because they have a naturally occurring air space between them. Hence, even when packed in a pillowcase together, they won’t hold on to your body heat.
In warmer months it can be tempting to crank the ac but it isn’t the only trick to keeping cool. You can now buffer your home in cost-effective, efficient, and highly convenient ways that definitely won’t rack up your electricity bill.