A big portion of the electric consumption of every home is taken by the use of air conditioners. Yet with extreme heat on summer days, air conditioning has become an indispensable amenity. People, however, are now looking into saving electricity by employing certain methods to cool their rooms without air conditioning. Read on and find out if you can also do the same by following the tips:
- Check where the heat is coming from. Mostly, heat builds up inside the room because of the enclosure. With four walls and one or two windows, there is not much space where air can circulate freely. Hence heat gets trapped inside. Perhaps you can add more windows and install a larger vent so as to release the hot air from the inside.
- Open the door and windows when privacy is not necessary. With open door and windows, the room will have more air and the stuffiness will not be confined inside.
- Insulate the roof and walls. Insulation is the most effective way of warding off the heat as it bounces off hot air. Insulators act as protection that prevents heat from penetrating the walls and roof – hence the temperature inside the room remains low. When insulating, make sure you use the best materials. Visit Home Insulation Buying Guide for tips and advice. Also, make sure you seal the roof and walls very well by mending the cracks, holes and gaps before installing the insulators.
- Line the windows with heat-reflectors. These materials reduce the glimmer of the sun as well as regulate the penetration of ultraviolet rays in the room.
- Hang drapes on the windows. The curtains must be made of light and cool materials and the color must be easy on the eyes too. When the sun strikes directly on the windows, draw the drapes so the sun’s heat will not come into the room.
- Paint the room with light and cool colors. White, off white, cream, light green and other pastel colors can help maintain a cool temperature inside a room.
- Keep massive furniture away from the doorway and windows. Huge furniture tends to block the air from passing through the openings. Place large chunks of furniture on the side walls and leave the windows free from any obstruction such as book cases and lamp stands.
- Place a pot of indoor plants at a corner of the room. Plants provide more oxygen to the room and it also absorbs bad odor and mildew from the atmosphere.
- De-clutter the room to create more space. A more spacious room makes a cooler and cozier living space.
- Plant trees around your house or building. Position some shrubs and a tree near the rooms. Plants are heat absorbers and they provide shade too.
- Build a canopy overhang on the windows. The canopy serves as shade from too much heat of the sun during summer. It also acts as a shield during extreme cold weather especially when it is snowing.
- Install fans inside the room. You may place a fan on the ceiling or wall, or you may opt for the type that comes with an independent stand. Let the fan rotate all over the room for maximum cooling benefit.
If you can employ these suggested methods in every room of your house (including the living and dining areas) you will be able to achieve an overall cool house. You can then laze around on your off days and yet not worry too much about escalated electric bills.