Do you feel the temperature rising? When summer is upon us, it’s become second nature to switch up the air con to cool down. Yet this may not actually be the best option. We’re not just talking about the loud racket associated with air conditioning, the drying aspect that plays havoc with your skin and allergies, but there is also the added cost of running AC to consider.
Depending on the size and age of your air conditioning unit, running your AC for just a few hours a day can add $30 or more to your electric bill each month. Here are our top tips and suggestions for cooling your home without turning on the AC, bringing both natural beauty as well as cool comfort to your space. You can help save the planet too!
Bring in House Plants
Using house plants is a great way to cool your house. Plants naturally absorb sunlight and create oxygen to give you a cooler environment to enjoy relaxing in, with a higher air quality. They also look great!
When decorating with house plants try to pick selections which large leaves as opposed to bushes and miniature trees, as you will maximize the sun light absorption in the area. Flower arrangements are okay but you’re better off sticking to leafy plants as they absorb more sunlight and therefore create a cooler space.
Be the Biggest Fan of Ceiling Fans
Heat rises. The problem with a lot of houses is that the ceilings have no way to push the hot air out of the space. As the temperature continues to rise, the heat in the air continues to rise as well. When there is nothing to distribute the cool in the ceiling, eventually hot air starts to press down upon the living space.
Using a ceiling fan has multiple benefits. It rotates air around the space, cooling the room efficiently. But visually you’ll discover that choosing a stylish ceiling fan ads an accent and a focal point to the room which might not have been there otherwise. When choosing a ceiling fan ensure that you match the style of the fan to the room. Modern designs as well as various blade configurations are available to ensure continuity between the main room and the ceiling.
Oh, final tip on ceiling fans. When operating your ceiling fan, make sure it turns counter clockwise for the best cooling results.
Keep the Blinds Drawn
While natural lighting is encouraged in interior design, large windows left unadorned encourage hotter rooms. If you are trying to cool a room, keep windows and blinds shut during the hottest part of the day to minimize the amount of light let into the space.
It’s typical during siesta time in Spain for the houses to keep all the curtains closed and shutters drawn to prevent too much heat coming in. You may want to consider blackout curtains which further minimizes the amount of light a room receives, or at least a light cover to block the light somewhat.
Shutters Aren’t Just for Style
A glorious alternative to big curtains, shutters are great. Depending on the style of the shutter, these can be cracked at an angle to regulate the air flow allowed into the room while at the same time minimizing the sunlight. As with the picture above, there are some shutters which completely block out some light and air. Pair with a ceiling fan for ultimate air flow.
Swap Out Your Sheets
If you’re having trouble with hot rooms while you’re trying to sleep, try switching out your sheets for a different kind of material. Linens and cottons do better in hot weather than any synthetic material on the market.
As stated prior, heat rises. It makes sense that the lower your bed or seating is to the floor the cooler you will be. To cool your room, you may need to lower your bed or remove your mattress from your bed and place it on the floor. If you have a space that traditionally has high sitting chairs, consider using a futon or cushion seat.
While any of these techniques will help to reduce the heat in your living area, it’s best to combine strategies. Always keep ventilation in mind when trying to lower the temperature of a room. The more airflow a room has the cooler it will become!
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