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How To Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

How To Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

The season of summer in India can be quite tough. With rising temperatures, most of us retreat to use air conditioners to put up with the heat. But it is not unknown to anyone now how environmentally unsustainable using air conditioning is. Not only that, constant use of air conditioners drains our pockets.  And the irony is, the use of air conditioners is actually making our planet a hotter place by burning a notorious amount of fossil fuels. So if you are looking for ways to keep your home cool and breezy in summer without leaving a huge carbon footprint and harming the planet earth in the process, then these 4 tips are for you.

How To Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

How To Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning
How To Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning

 

  1. Cross Ventilation: Make your home breezy by strategically opening your windows at opposite ends to enable cross ventilation. Here, time also plays a crucial factor. The best time to open the windows during summers is between 5.00 to 8.00 am in the mornings and between 7.00 to 10.00 pm in the evening as the air is pleasantly cool at those times.

 

  1. Using appropriate lights: Turn off the lights when you don’t need them. This should be in practice all year round. But it would especially help in maintaining a balanced temperature inside your home. Replace high wattage bulbs with cooler options LED and compact fluorescents.

 

  1. Indoor plants: There are plenty of indoor plants which act as natural air conditioners by keeping the heat inside the house in check. Planting shady trees and plants on the east and west sides of the house would block out the sun rays and keep the house cool. Strategically placed plants, shrubs and vines can make your home as much as 20 degrees cooler. The added perk is of course the aesthetics.

 

  1. Curtains: Opt for sheer and cotton curtains to allow a breeze into your house. Use curtains with white or pastel colours. You can also layer your windows with jute screens and bamboo shades. Dark and synthetic drapes should definitely be avoided in the excruciating heat of the summer months.

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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