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5 Expert Tips to Cool Down Your Home

12 June 2023
5 Expert Tips to Cool Down Your Home

We already know how unpredictable the weather in the Philippines can be. But one thing's for sure—it's going to be hot and scorching since we are a tropical country. No wonder most of us are looking for sustainable ways to keep our home cool and cozy.

 

But fret not because we’ll give you some expert tips on how to cool your home for free. Trust us; these tips will be a lifesaver wherever you are in the country.

 

 

5 Effective Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

Instead of giving you one, we’ll be giving you five (5) effective ways to chill your space during hot days. Implementing these tips will help keep your home cooler during the warmer months, reduce energy bills, and provide a more comfortable living environment.

 

 

Maximize Natural Ventilation

Take advantage of breezy summer evenings by opening your doors and windows to create a cross breeze. Use window fans strategically to pull cool air in and exhaust fans to push out warmer or hot air. Close windows and blinds during hotter parts of the day to block sunlight and keep the cool air inside.

 

 

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise to create a cooling effect. Place fans strategically in rooms where you spend the most time, providing good airflow and helping the air feel cooler on your skin.

 

 

Optimize Your Air Conditioning

You can also optimize your thermostat at a higher temperature to save on energy costs. Use programmable thermostats to automatically adjust the temperature when you're away. Clean or replace air filters regularly to ensure the air conditioner works efficiently. Consider using a whole-house fan to pull in cooler air during the evening or early morning when outdoor temperatures drop.

 

 

Block Out Heat

Use insulated curtains or medium-colored drapes to prevent sunlight from heating up your home. Install or place weather stripping around doors and windows to seal gaps and prevent warm air from entering. Planting vines or placing shade-providing structures outside west-facing windows can significantly reduce the temperature inside the house.

 

 

Reduce Heat Sources

Minimize the use of kitchen appliances, recessed lights, and incandescent light bulbs, as they generate heat. Instead, opt for more energy-efficient options like compact fluorescent lamps. Keep the heat outside by grilling outdoors or using a slow cooker. Cool down yourself and your home by taking cold showers or placing a damp cloth on your body.

 

 

7 Natural Cooling Solutions to Keep Your Home Cooler

You can also keep your house cool without relying solely on energy-intensive air conditioning or other cooling devices. When the summer heat becomes relentless, turning to natural cooling solutions can create a refreshing oasis within your home.

 

 

Maximize Shade from the Sun

Shade is a powerful ally to keep your house cool. Strategically plant trees and tall shrubs, or install awnings on the west and south sides of your house to block the sun's rays. This natural shade will help reduce solar heat gain and prevent your home from heating up. Additionally, consider using reflective window films or solar shades to further minimize heat transfer.

 

 

Landscape for Cooling 

Strategic landscaping can significantly contribute to a cooler home environment. Planting trees and shrubs near windows and outdoor living spaces can create a cooling effect by blocking direct sunlight. Choose deciduous trees that provide shade during the summer while allowing sunlight in the winter months. Climbing plants or trellises on walls can help insulate them from the sun's heat, further reducing the temperature inside.

 

 

Reflect Heat Away

The roof's color can make a difference in your home's temperature. Opt for light-colored or reflective roofing materials that reflect sunlight rather than absorb it. This simple choice can help keep your attic and the rest of your home cooler, reducing the need for excessive air conditioning.

 

 

Let the Fresh Air In

Utilize natural ventilation strategies to bring in cooler air during the early morning and evening hours. Open windows strategically to create a cross breeze and allow fresh air to flow throughout your home. Installing attic or gable vents can also facilitate better air circulation and prevent heat buildup in the upper areas of your house.

 

 

Harness Natural Cooling

Use the concept of thermal mass to your advantage. Materials with high thermal mass, like concrete or stone, can absorb and store heat during the day and release it gradually during cooler evenings. This helps to regulate indoor temperatures and keep your home comfortable for longer periods without relying on additional cooling systems.

 

 

Leverage Cooler Evening Temperatures

Take advantage of the naturally cooler evening temperatures to cool down your home. As the sun sets, open windows and doors to let the cool night air in. Use a ceiling fan strategically to facilitate airflow throughout your home, helping to bring down the indoor temperature. This technique allows you to capitalize on the temperature drops and refresh your living space before the heat of the next day.

 

 

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Water

Did you know that you can utilize water to make a DIY air conditioner? Harness the principles of evaporative cooling to naturally lower the temperature in your home. Place bowls or trays of water in front of fans or near open windows. As the air blows across the water's surface, it evaporates, resulting in a cooling effect. Also, you can add ice cubes to the water for an extra boost of cold air.

 

You can also use a towel or damp cloth and hang it in front of a fan, allowing the air to pass through the moist fabric and create a cooling breeze.

 

 

Living in a house and lot Philippines in a hot weather condition can sometimes affect our overall health. It can even lead to the transmission of diseases, alter human behavior, and even death due to exhaustion.

 

Since we cannot control the climate, Lumina Homes provide a sustainable solution for aspiring homeowners. We developed various residential communities in over 50 locations across the country, closer to nature, making your home stay cool. It consists of a selection of affordable house and lot models fit for any family size and lifestyle needs.

 

So, start your real estate investment journey with us and own an affordable house and lot for sale property. 

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