How to keep the temperature naturally cool in your home
The seasons are always alternating making the weather ever changing. Most people prefer to use air conditioners to deal with the temperature changes in their homes. However, this is not the only trick to keeping cool. There are a lot of ways to regulate house temperatures without racking up your electric bill.
Here are some suggestions on how to keep your home temperature naturally cool.
Shading is the simplest yet the most effective way to cool your home. This can be achieved by landscaping and shade screening. Trees, vines and shrubs in the compound block direct sunlight hence protecting the walls from direct heat. They also act as windbreak in cold times to protect the house from cold air. Shade screens prevent the sun from entering through the window, only allowing less heat energy to pass through.
Manage the heat sources in the house
Heat generated from within your house can significantly contribute to increased temperatures. Seal off the laundry room as the washers and dryers generate large amounts of heat. You can reduce sources of humidity by venting clothes dryer to the outside and covering pots while cooking.
Insulation prevents the transmission of heat whether in or out of the house. Insulating is not only essential in keeping your home warm in cold climates, but also keeping it cool in hot weather. Caulking and weatherstripping doors and windows will also prevent warmer outside air into your home.
Invest in blackout curtains
This is the simplest natural method of heat regulation. Black curtains block sunlight, insulating the rooms in which they are installed in. Blackout shades and blinds are suitable for covering windows in order to control entry of heat into the house.
Be smart about opening and closing of windows and doors
This is obvious, but we are going to say it anyway. During daytime, open the windows and let air flow freely through the entire house. During summer, temperatures may drop during the night. Make the most of these hours by cracking the windows before going to bed. Close the interior doors during winter or cold seasons to keep heat trapped in the rooms.
Practice thermal siphoning
This is the most effective way when the temperatures inside the house are higher than the outside. Open the lowest windows on side where the breeze is coming from. Leave the interior doors open. Open the upstairs windows on the opposite of the house. The warm air in the house will draw upwards and out through the upper windows.
Upgrade the exterior of your house
If the heat in your home is the problem year in and year out, consider re-painting your home to a lighter color and getting a new roof with more heat protection than the standard shingles.
Much of the cost of cooling your home can be saved by the above natural and passive cooling techniques. Regulating temperatures using the cooling systems emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, adding to global warming. Let’s switch to the natural ways to save our world and energy!