The summer months may bring many wonderful things, but the extreme heat definitely isn’t one of them. During a heatwave, it can be very tempting to crank up the AC or sit directly in front of the nearest fan. The problem with this is that it’s neither green nor budget-friendly. Plus, for some people, these methods simply aren’t available at all. However, that doesn’t mean that you should melt in the summertime. Here are six natural ways to keep your home cool during a heatwave.
Paint The Place White
The very best color to encourage coolness in your house is white. While darker tones absorb heat, white reflects it, which is why homes in many hot countries have painted this shade. If you don’t have the time to paint your entire house, then you could stick with just the roof or a couple of rooms. White furniture covers will reflect light in the very same way, keeping your seats cool.
Turn Off Those Appliances
Most electrical appliances radiate heat, including ovens, dishwashers, televisions, even phones. Because of this, you’ll benefit from turning off those electronics during the warmest times of the day. Instead of watching TV, you could read for a while, before cleaning the dishes in the evening or late afternoon. You might also want to switch to cooking outside on a barbecue.
Invest In Better Windows
Poorly insulated windows make it difficult for you to warm your home up throughout the winter. However, they also ensure that you can’t keep your home cool during the summertime. With that in mind, you should consider investing in replacement windows. As well as improving insulation, these windows will also reduce sound pollution and increase the value of your property.
Keep The Curtains Closed
On a lovely summer’s day, our first instinct is usually to open the curtains and let the sunlight in. The problem with this is that it essentially turns your home into a greenhouse, making it a lot hotter. To keep the house cool, you should keep your curtains and blinds closed from the morning until the late afternoon. You might even want to invest in thicker, blackout curtains.
Plant A Tree Outside
Everyone knows that shady spots are much cooler than those in direct sunlight. Because of this, you may want to plant a tree somewhere in your garden. Once it has grown a little, it will cast a shadow over your home. Just make sure that you plant this tree strategically, or you could cause more harm than good. Alternatively, you could position garden furniture close to the house.
Close Any Unused Rooms
When you’re trying to keep yourself cool, you don’t want cold air escaping into unused rooms. Thankfully, you can prevent this by closing those rooms off during the hottest times of the day. Throughout the night, however, you should open up all of the doors so that the cool air can flow naturally throughout the house.
Keeping your house cool without AC might seem impossible, but, with these tips, you can do so even during a heatwave.