With summer approaching, let’s try to spend less on air conditioners and more on conditioning our homes to make it cool using eco-friendly ways. From picking the right sheets to figuring out the perfect cross air ventilations spots, follow the steps below for an efficient and eco-friendly way to beat the heat this season.
What is cross ventilation? It is a natural method of cooling that relies on wind to force cool exterior air into the building through an inlet (like a wall louver, a gable, or an open window) while outlet forces warm interior air outside (through a roof vent or higher window opening).
The easiest way to get your room to cool is to keep two windows opposite each other open. Wind can find its own way into your room as well as it can find itself out.
But what if your room has only one window?
When you don't have a nice cool breeze, you can use a fan or two to get the air circulating in the right direction. Table fans can be used in various spots to cool a room. If the outside temperature is cooler than the interior of the house, placing a fan in the window facing inwards pulls cooler air into the house. Cooler air from the interior of the house can be blown into the room with a fan in the doorway, as a fan facing outward pulls the room's hot air out.
While the feeling of laying on satin sheets gives you a feeling of luxury in your mind, you might feel otherwise physically. Make the switch to plain cotton sheets as they will keep you cool in the summertime. Choose percale weave over sateen for optimal coolness.
White fabric covers will help retain less heat in your furniture and to some extent, reflect more and absorb less heat from direct sunlight thus making your furniture and interior of your house stay cooler in the process.
Deck your windows with light curtains that you could damped a little to filter out the hot air from coming inside.
In cities where humidity is high, buying a dehumidifier would be an investment you won’t regret. What dehumidifier does is help remove excess moisture from the air, leaving your room cooler even during hot temperatures.
Because it will absorb most of the moisture in the air, it will help circulate the cooler air in your room. It saves energy, protects our home from mould, allergies, and eczema. It also helps kill bacteria in the air that can make breathing difficult for those with asthma.
Decorating your home with plants will help reduce the hot air from coming in. Line up your windowsill with sun-loving, shade providing plants to soak up the sunlight, thus cooling your home while adding beauty. Here are a few examples of heat tolerant plants:
Try out these tips and feel the cool difference yourself. You’re not only cooling your homes but you’re helping the environment.