Feeling hot? Here are hacks to cool down your house
The summer is refusing to step down. The heat and humidity could be a real trouble during these months, and in case, you don't own an AC, due to budgetary or environmental or whatever reasons - things might just get worse. However, making some amendments to your abode could come handy. Hence, here are some simple hacks to help cool down your house.
Keep your doors and windows closed
Try keeping your doors and windows closed, and you'd be amazed to see how much difference doing just this little bit could make. We say so because it might help keep excess light (which naturally emits heat) and sunlight away from the house. If you use blinds, that could be a big respite. However, if it feels suffocating, chuck the idea and read ahead.
Try fan and ice trick; Go for cotton
Fan-and-ice trick: It's an old-school solution but always works. Take some ice blocks and place them in front of a table fan. The fan's breeze will pick up cool water from ice's surface, thus creating a cooling effect. Use cotton: Keep away from those satin, silk and polyester sheets - choose light-colored linens made of cotton as they are breathable and promote good ventilation.
Use fans the right way; Go for energy-efficient bulbs
Fans: Ceiling fans, if used wisely, could be great in striking off heat. Switch your fans to run anticlockwise during warm months. Also turn on your exhaust fans as they might help pull out some heat. Lighting: Regular lights radiate a lot of excess heat, which might further worsen the temperature at your house. So try using energy-efficient bulbs as they produce less heat.
Cook smartly; Turn down your electronics
Cooking: It is advisable to cook in the morning, and not during the hot afternoon hours to ward off heat from your house. Another way is to consider cooking outside. Electronics: It is a no-brainer that electronic devices keep emitting out heat even long after they have been turned off. So, unplug them as soon as you are done using them.