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Hot weather is only acceptable when you are at the beach or on an outdoor adventure. However, there are unavoidable days when we find ourselves stuck at home on a very, very hot day. For most of us, those days dampen our moods and lessen our level of productivity. But fear no more because the next time you find yourself sweating in your home due to the unbearable heat, just remember these simple tips to keep your house cool:
1. Go green indoors
Having well-positioned indoor plants give life to any home. Apart from the welcoming ambiance it gives, it helps your house stay cool. Various indoor plants such as Arcea Palm, Bamboo Palm, and Boston Fern have the capacity to purify the air in your homes. Such plants also humidify the air you breathe. Indoor plants look great in shelves, empty corners, and desks.
2. Opt for cotton
As much as possible, during hot summer days, change your sheets to breathable cotton. Cover leather upholstery with cotton seat covers. This way, you no longer have to worry about the uncomfortable feeling of sweat in your thighs, back, and legs. It’s best to choose light colored cotton sheets and covers so that your homes achieve a light and cool vibe.
3. Build your own AC
Let’s face it: electricity bills haunt us sometimes. That’s why we find ourselves relying on the limited air electric fans give. To avoid this situation, you can create your own aircon—minus the hassle. All you need to do is position a bowl of ice in front of a fan. The fan’s air will breeze through the melting ice and create cold mist.
4. Let the cool air in
As the hot summer days linger, always keep windows open to avoid stuffy air trapped inside your home. Allow the fresh wind of the day or night to enter your living room, bedrooms, and kitchen. This way, your home remains breezy and you ensure that any bad odor will not accumulate in the air.
5. Turn off lights when not in use
This basic rule not only saves energy, but it also keeps your house cool. Light emits heat and when unnecessarily left on, it will only add up to the hot temperature present. This is especially true for incandescent lights. So, be alert and avoid leaving house lights on when not needed.
6. Unplug electrical devices when not in use
Similar to lights, electrical devices also emit heat. Hence, always be on the lookout for the red glowing lights on your devices which remain after use. Note that simply switching them off won’t do. It’s best to unplug the devices to conserve energy and avoid heat.
7. Prefer light colored fixtures
Pastel colors give an illusion of coolness since it’s light and easy to look at. Observe your home and examine the color scheme of your walls and furniture. If you find them too dark, find a way to lighten the ambiance of your house. You can opt to repaint walls or simply purchase accent pieces that can brighten the mood of your area. Having light colored vases, couches, and shelves might be the secret to making your home stand out and stay cool.
8. Use air freshener
You may be wondering how air fresheners can make your home feel cooler. Well, in the literal sense, it cannot. However, its capacity to eliminate unpleasant odors will make any space in your home breathable. Purchase scents that imitate the smell of fresh pines or the ocean breeze to give an illusion that your home is as cold as the forest or sea.
Ome Night Light Ultrasonic Diffuser - Lightwood$118.00 SGD
Aro Ultrasonic Diffuser - Lightwood$128.00 SGD
White Rose Diffuser In Mini White Glass Cube$75.00 SGD
9. Install light-coloured blinds
Avoid dark-coloured blinds or drapes because these absorb more heat. Go for white, yellow, or any other bright colored shade. This way, light and heat are reflected.
10. Use exhaust fans
Turning on exhaust fans is part of the standard operating procedures when cooking or showering. Exhaust fans suck out the hot air from kitchens and bathrooms. This prevents the accumulation of stuffy air in your home.
11. Keep blinds closed during the day
Blinds prevent the heat of the sun from fully entering your homes. So to keep your areas cool, keep the blinds closed most especially during the day when the sun is out.
12. Mirror, mirror on the wall
By strategically placing mirrors, you can create an illusion that your house is spacious. With this, you won’t feel cramped and suffocated. A spacious home can be perceived as cool because the air is free flowing.
13. Schedule cooking and laundry times
Using the stove and laundry machine generate a lot of heat. Therefore, it’s wise to do chores which involve such machines during the night to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
14. No such thing as too many fans
Do not rely on a ceiling fan alone because usually, the air it releases is not strong enough to battle the harsh heat. Hence, have portable stand fans or floor fans that can be brought out when you want stronger air circulation in your homes.
Dyson AM06 30cm Desk Fan Black/Nickel$499.00 SGD
HÖUM R-12 - Yellow$98.00 SGD
Charly Little Desk Fan$166.40 SGD
15. Regularly check your AC
Air condition units must be checked often for cleaning and maintenance. This ensures that your AC units will be reliable during the hottest days of summer.
16. Install a hammock
If the space in your house permits, purchase a hammock. This is the perfect fixture which will allow you to feel the cool breeze of the air while relaxing.
Single Hammock With Spreader Bar$220.00 SGD
Hammock Single - Modesta$240.00 SGD
Hammock Chair Lounger - Currambera$260.00 SGD
Tip #3 is our favourite of all! It really works so give it a try and share it with your friends if you find it useful. Bring on the heat, sunny Singapore!
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