7 Quick and Simple Hacks to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Nov 05, 2016 10:00 IST 467 views

It’s summer time again and temperatures are only going to climb higher.

While there’s not much you can do about the rest of the places you frequent – like office or grocery store or parks and other public places, you can certainly ensure that your home becomes cooler without great effort or inflated electricity bills.

1. FILTER-IN THE SUNLIGHT AND VENTILATION

The most obvious reason for heat at home in the summers is the temperature outside. So, block it out, to the extent that you feel will make the house comfortable. Draw the blinds in rooms that receive harsh and direct sunlight. You could even spray these with water to ensure that it keeps the heat out. Keeping potted plants at strategic locations near windows and entrances to the home also assists you in your battle against the heat.

2. COOLING FRAGRANCES

Soak towels in chilled water, scented with rose or jasmine or any other fragrance that you fancy. Then leave these coiled up in decorative porcelain or crystal bowls around the house. The evaporating water will cool down the room and the fragrance wafting around your home will make it feel cooler.

3. CUCUMBER SLUMBER 

While literally putting slices of cucumber on your eyelids while you nap will ensure that your eyes get cooled and distressed, here’s something you can do to give rest of your body a similar feeling: put your sheets in the freezer (in a zip lock bag, of course, to pre-empt odours of food seeping in) for a couple of hours before you go to bed. Then spread them over your mattress and cover with them too. This will ensure that you drift into a cucumber slumber.

4. ROCK IN A HAMMOCK

Another way to ensure that you remain cool all night long is to set up a hammock in your bedroom and use it instead of your bed. This will allow your body to dispel its heat faster.

5. WHIRLWIND FUN

When you come in from the sun and are bursting with heat, there’s nothing like an onslaught of a breeze to cool you off. You can do this by placing table fans all around you in such a way that they are all flying breeze at you from different directions. This will do no harm to your body as it will not involve a sudden temperature change. It will do no harm to your wallet either as multiple fans consume much less electricity than a single air conditioner.

6. COOL COOKING

Summer is the best time to surf the net for salad and sandwich recipes. These will not only ensure that you stay cool inside but allow you to avoid slaving over a hot stove. The next best thing is microwave cooking – it allows you to have hot meals without having to whip them up in a smoky, sweaty kitchen.

7. WATERING TERRACES AND BACKYARDS

If water is not in short supply, periodically sprinkling some on terraces and yards will ensure that your surroundings, and therefore home, stays cool throughout the day. Click here to read 10 simple ways to make your home happier place. 

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