The rampant use of heavy air conditioners is eventually leading to a hotter environment, throwing us into a vicious cycle. The best effective way to keep yourself and the environment cool is by switching to natural methods. Here are some useful tips that can help keep your home cool.
Using dark colour curtains can help to cool the room
During summers, the sun's access to the rooms might turn it into an impromptu greenhouse because about 76% of the direct sunlight that enters your home through the windows turns into heat. So, using dark or blackout curtains will prevent the rays from overheating your room during the hours when the sun is most active. The Department of Energy suggests medium-coloured drapes with white-plastic backing to reduce heat inside.
Use cold water to cool the home
Keep a bucket full of cold water and dip the hems of the curtains into that cold water bucket and keep the fan on. The water will slowly seep upwards through the fabric and the breeze will carry the coolness into the room. Using this super effective method for room cooling is a must-try option.
Using Earthen pots for cool water
It is the most natural process for getting cooler water, the water kept in an earthen pot seeps into the small pores of the pot and evaporates from the surface and the heat required for evaporation is taken from the water inside the pot, thus cooling the water stored inside and using many pots will help you to take cool waters for cooling the home and body too.
Sleeping on the floor
Due to the principle of warm air rising, the heat rises from downward to upward, so if possible wipe the floor with cold water and remove everything from there and sleep on the floor as the air feels cooler down there instead of using a bed to sleep. During hotter days, you can also sleep on the floor if your ground is made of tiles. Tiles usually feel cool and will make sleeping more comfortable. Hard surfaces also help in curing back pain.
Place green leafy plants near the window
Large green leafy plants near the window will absorb some of the heat when sunlight enters the room and helps create a cooling effect around the room, promoting greenery inside and outside can lead to less global warming too.
Transforming all Incandescent, Fluorescent and other bulbs to LED
Try not to use light bulbs or tube lights during the day and evening as much as possible. Switch off the lights at night when the room is not even in use. Besides, if using light bulbs then use LED because it does not emanate heat like other electronic equipment, including light bulbs. Other lights contribute to the high room temperature and high electricity bills.
Opening windows at night
The natural cold air at night is a blessing, so open your windows at night and let the cold night breeze in and make your room cooler. You can also create a cross breeze that will fill your room with cool air meanwhile again wiping your room with freezing water for a more natural freezing effect.