Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Keeping Cool Without Air-Con: Part 2


The sultry, searing summer will soon be upon us. Temperatures will once again soar and leave us all sticky with sweat. Keep cool in your home -- even sans the air-conditioning. Here are a few tips and tricks you can do using shades and the right material for your couch and bed:

- Keep the house sealed off during the daytime. Use curtains, blinds, and shades, especially in the sunniest, brightest rooms. Window treatments prevent heat and light from entering the home in all their searing glory. Invest in insulated window films for extra measure, or go the cheaper route, and plant or install hanging vines, plants, and other foliage by your windows to provide shade.

- At night, on the other hand, draw the curtains, open the windows, and let your house air out. Nighttime has cooler temperatures: it stands to reason that you can open your windows once the sun has set and let your house cool down. 

- Swap your sheets and couch covers for a light, cotton textile. Cotton lets your skin breathe and it keeps you cool, unlike denser, stuffier fabrics. For extra measure, fold your sheets into a plastic bag and place them in the freezer. Put them back over your bed once you're ready to sleep. It won't keep you cool the entire night, but the cold sheets should help you fall asleep on a hot, stuffy midsummer's eve.

- Use buckwheat pillows on the bed and the couch. Buckwheat is light and airy: much more suitable to the season compared to dense foam, goosefeather, or cotton-packed pillows. They won't absorb and hold on to your body heat, keeping you much more comfortable when you sleep or lounge.

- Opt to stow away your plush leather sofa or seat cushions for now. Leather and similar materials are the worst to lie or sit on during the summer. Your skin won't be able to breath through the material, and it makes your sweat stick to you too. Choose wicker benches and chairs instead.


For more tips, head on back to Part 1 and learn how you can keep cool by using (or not using) electronics at home.


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