How do you keep your house cool during summer months?
- Use natural light during daytime
- Keep your windows open
- Close off unused rooms
- Rearrange your appliances
- Do activities outdoors
When summer strikes in the Philippines, everyone and everything is affected. You can scout areas for townhouses for sale or condos for rent in New Manila or anywhere else for that matter, but the fact is that regardless of where you look, you will feel the summer heat and you’re going to have to deal with it.
It’s easy to think that air conditioning units are the solution to the heat that the summer brings. It may be true but if you intend to keep it on for over 12 hours a day every day, your electricity bill is surely going to skyrocket and there’s a good chance that your air conditioner’s overall condition and lifespan will be compromised.
Unless you’re willing to pay excessive amounts of money on your electricity bill, this isn’t an acceptable option if you want to keep your house cool during the summer season. However, there are other methods to keep the heat in your home in check while saving on electricity expenses. Read on for ways on how.
Use Natural Light During Daytime
Good lighting keeps your house vibrant and adds to the sensation of relaxation. Fancy lights add a good a number of points to your home’s aesthetics, but they emit trace amounts of heat and contribute to your electricity bill, albeit subtly. They may make your home look more beautiful, but that doesn’t mean that you need to have them turned on all throughout the day.
While sunlight may be a heat source, it’s also an excellent source of light. Make the sun your primary source of light instead of your lights at home and you’ll reduce the overall buildup of heat inside your house and lessen your electricity bill.
Keep Your Windows Open
Nothing is worse than a hot summer day in a room without proper ventilation. You may have more than one fan running, but if your windows are closed anyway, the air will not be able to circulate and you will feel the temperature progressively rising over time.
Airflow is an essential part of keeping your house cool. Closed windows don’t block out the heat from the sun. If anything, they keep the air locked inside the house, which gets warmer over time. Without anywhere to go to, warm air will only make things more difficult for you.
Remember, the temperature inside your house is always more likely to be higher than outside. The best thing to do would be to keep your windows open to keep the temperature as low as the environment allows—there will always be wind regardless of how hot the sun is burning.
Close Off Unused Rooms
You may have many rooms in your house, each of which serves a unique purpose—you won’t be using all of them at the same time, though, and some rooms can only make keeping your place cool more complicated.
As much as possible, close off the rooms that contribute little or nothing to the airflow; they are a dead end to the air that flows through your house and since the air doesn’t go anywhere from there, they will be nothing more than just an additional room to cool, offering no ventilation. Do yourself (and your house) a favor, and shut the door.
Rearrange Your Appliances
Electricity constantly flows through your appliances, and where there is electricity, there is heat. You don’t want heavy duty appliances closely grouped together in any situation unless you want to feel like entering an oven every time you pass them by.
Additionally, there should always be 2 to 4 inches of space behind your appliances, to allow for decent airflow. A buildup of heat can affect the overall room temperature and affect your appliances by making it more difficult for them to work properly.
Do Activities Outdoors
The good thing about performing activities outside your house is that aside from keeping the heat from staying inside the walls, the temperature is also regulated by the environment for you.
Some activities can be performed outdoors just as well as they can be indoors. For example, it is great to take an afternoon nap by the porch under the shade, letting the wind keep you cool instead of relying on electric fans. Cooking can also be done outdoors, without having to worry about the smoke and the heat overpowering the room.
Summertime is excellent for going on vacations, but the temperature during the season has always been a thorn in everyone’s side when it comes to keeping houses relatively cool. While air conditioning units do an excellent job of cooling rooms, they are also responsible for a huge portion of electricity bills and cannot continuously run all the time.
The best thing to do during the summer would be to maximize natural factors, such as the sunlight and the wind, to prevent the buildup of heat inside your home in any way that you can.