When the hot weather arrives, keeping your home cool becomes a challenge, above all in places where temperatures are soaring to all-time highs. Air conditioning is a swift and effective way of cooling interiors, but it is not advisable to use this method for prolonged periods, and furthermore it substantially raises your electricity bill.
Best eco-friendly practices for cooling your home
Today we have a few pieces of simple advice for you about how to beat the heat at home without your electricity consumption shooting up. Enjoy your own home even on the hottest of days in an eco-friendly way.
1. Open the Windows and lower the blinds
There’s a certain science involved in getting a proper flow of air going inside your home. Firstly, windows should preferably be shut during the hottest times of the day and the blinds should be kept down to ward off the direct effects of the sun. It is calculated that around 30% of the heat that enters buildings does so through the windows and that by simply lowering the blinds, we can bring the temperature down by a much as six degrees.
Once the evening comes, it is recommended that you open a window in all the rooms to encourage the creation of air currents in the dwelling. But be careful! These draughts may cause doors to bang shut or sharp knocks to the carpentry. To prevent accidents and at the same time avoid doors shutting and impeding the air from circulating, it is important to use a doorstop or wedge.
2. Use moisture to cool the atmosphere
Something as simple as pulverising water into the atmosphere can make a considerable difference to the temperature inside a room. However, pulverisers are recommendable for gardens, terraces and balconies because they produce a high concentration in humidity that may damage the materials used in home interiors. In the bedrooms, you can use simple tricks such as dampening the curtains or mopping the floors to cooling the room for a relatively long time.
3. Avoid using electrical appliances during the day
Electrical appliances generate heat when in use, therefore it is good practice to avoid using them whenever possible in order to beat the heat at home. Certain appliances (e.g. the refrigerator) always need to be kept on, but others can be dispensed with during the day to keep the sensation of heat down. This would be the case of small electrical appliances like microwave ovens, coffeemakers, irons or vacuum cleaners, which generate heat despite being low-voltage devices.
Another good reason for not using electrical appliances during the day is that some homeowners benefit from reduced off-peak electricity tariffs at night. For example, with these tariffs, we can achieve savings in our energy bills of around 10% in each wash if we use the washing machine at night. Moreover, the heat it produces whilst on is offset by the decrease in night-time temperatures.
How to beat the heat at home without electricity
In recent years, the construction of eco-friendly and efficient housing includes, amongst other benchmarks, users’ thermal comfort. Hence, the insulation measures employed in buildings contribute to keeping a pleasant temperature in their interior.
If you are seeking to beat the heat at home without resorting to air conditioning, all you have to do is implement the simple daily routines explained. You will feel much more comfortable on warmer days whilst still saving energy and keeping your bills down.
Likewise, don’t forget to use lightweight, breathable fabrics, both in your clothes and in your bedlinen; they will help you get to sleep better on the hot summer nights. Lastly, hydration is fundamental when the heat sets in. Drink a lot of liquid and always keep a cool drink in the fridge, better one that is as natural as possible.
Now you know how to beat the heat in a way that is eco-friendly and cost-effective. Let´s put it into practice !