How not to suffer from the heat
L’estate 2021, in line with experts’ forecasts, it could be one of the hottest in recent years.
Good news for those who will take a vacation, a little less for those 6.5 million Italians who, according to the research carried out by mUp Research and Norstat for Facile.it, will stay at home.
How not to die of heat at home?
You can rely on conditioners which, however, in reference to the estimates of Facile.it, have an impact for a cost that can reach up to 186 euros a year, that is 29.5% more than in 2020.
Not just air conditioners: if we wish save on your bill and reduce gas emissions, while safeguarding the environment, there are other remedies to freshen up the house. Let’s see them together.
Pay attention to doors and windows to air-condition the house
Down the shutters! According to the Family Handyman portal, 30% of unwanted heat enters through the windows. What to do? Use appropriately blinds and curtains it can lower the temperature by up to six degrees, saving us up to 7% on our bills.
Keeping the shutters down prevents the rooms from turning into greenhouses, which happens especially when the windows are facing south or west.
In line with their brightness needs, place the indoor plants in front of sunny windows, they will absorb some of the solar energy.
The suggestion is to take advantage of the evening hours, usually cooler, to open the windows, in particular, those oriented towards the prevailing winds, so as to be able to take advantage of the cross ventilation.
To amplify the feeling of coolness, the strategically placed fans, so that they intercept the right air flow.
Make sure you close windows and shutters before the sun comes up.
No to incandescent bulbs to illuminate the rooms
Take advantage of every minute of natural light. The reason is obvious: artificial lighting raises the costs in the bill and the temperature of the house.
Specifically, the incandescent lights they waste about 90% of their energy through the heat they give off; the advice is to go to compact fluorescent lamps low consumption or LED ones.
Among the solutions on the market, there are the solar lamps, which especially on particularly sunny days, are able to recharge on their own, guaranteeing up to six hours of continuous light in the evening hours.
The added benefit? L’photovoltaic energy it comes from a renewable source and its production does not imply any environmental pollution.
Available in various shapes, sizes and designs, they are perfect placed on a coffee table, arranged at the edge of a driveway or hanging from the branches of a tree to recreate a soft atmosphere and enjoy summer evenings outdoors.
Cool house with fan
How to cool an interior room?
The fan represents the best alternative to the air conditioner.
As anticipated, just arrange the fans in a strategic position, so that they intercept the air current, to create a real wind tunnel.
But not only that: among the tricks to cool the house without air conditioner, there is that of fill a bowl with ice cubes and place it in front of a large fan. The result?
The ice will be sprayed in the air, giving a pleasant sensation of freshness.
Do you have a ceiling fan?
This must be used appropriately, depending on the season.
In summer, it needs to be adjusted counterclockwise, at a higher speed, to give a pleasant climate comfort.
From fans to fans: remember to turn them on more frequently bathroom fans or the kitchen hood; both suck in the hot air that forms after taking a shower or cooking lunch.
Cool summer even at the table
Cooking in the summer can be an unpleasant chore: the use of ovens and stoves makes the house warmer. What to do? Close the doors when appliances are in operation and limit their use. This also applies to the washing machine, television, computer; remember to disconnect the sockets when you don’t use them.
Better to prefer the microwave or the grid. Grilled vegetables, meats and fish can prove to be the ideal solution to enjoy one outdoor dinner, without suffering from the heat.
The advice is to focus not only on the ambient temperature, but on the body temperature.
How? To begin, hydrating with water and cool drinks; secondly, during the hottest hours, passing a wet cloth over certain areas of the body, including the neck and wrists.
Walking around the house barefoot can help too, especially if they wash the floors frequently; cold water cools them and evaporating cools the whole environment.
How to refresh a bedroom
Does the heat make you sleepless nights?
There is no shortage of home freshening remedies. The seasonal change of bed linen not only does it give a new look to the sleeping room, but it is a great way to keep it fresh, if changed even more often.
Which fabric to prefer? The cotton it is the perfect choice during this time of the year, as it transpires more easily, ensuring greater freshness.
How about opting for some padded cushions buckwheat?
Between the husks, there is a natural air space, thanks to which they are not affected by body heat, as happens with traditional pillows.
How not to die of heat in the bedroom
If this solution proves inefficient, opt for a Chillow, a cooling pillow to be used over the classic pillow, to obtain immediate comfort. How does it work?
Just add somecold water, this is absorbed in the patented foam core which, once activated, will be ready for use when we want to reuse it.
To cool the lower body, however, you can use one hot water bottle; just put it in the freezer for a couple of hours and then place it at the foot of the bed.
Also lightly moisten the sheets before going to sleep, it will help us to have a restful sleep, without suffering from the heat. Alternatively, you can soak curtains and towels in cold water, squeeze them to prevent dripping and hang them in front of the window or in the center of the room.
During drying, the heat is removed from the air, becoming fresher; the important thing is not to overdo it: too many wet towels make the air humid, making it feel warmer.
Remedies for the sultry heat, colors and fabrics
Fabrics and colors can make the difference for cooling your home without an air conditioner.
We have seen that the cotton is the protagonist of the summer. Not only in the bedroom: it is preferred for pillows, sofa covers, kitchen and bathroom textiles.
In general, however, its use should be limited: i fabrics absorb a lot of heat during the day, which they then tend to release. Tables and coffee tables must be kept without runners and tablecloths, carpets are also banned; spaces will be fresher and appear larger.
Attention also to the choice of colors. With the White you are not mistaken, it is suitable for linen, curtains and even on the walls.
Paint the roof white, especially in the case of one attic or an attic loft, it allows the sun’s rays to reflect, reducing the heat in the area in question.
If you have the time and money to invest, the solution is to insulate the house, so as to have ideal temperatures in both summer and winter.
Refresh the house without air conditioner
Finally, if you like stop using the air conditioner, the advice is to opt for long-term investments, which will allow you to keep the environment cool, year after year.
Windows are one of the weak points of a home when it comes to temperature.
If they have double glazing or low-emission glass, the thermal transmission with the outside will be lower. Changing them would allow not only to be cooler in the summer, but also to reduce heating costs in the winter.
This is a considerable expense. To contain it, just resort to insulating films for windows: they work like shutters, ideal for shielding rays.
To amplify their effects, they can be integrated with awnings, trees or climbing plants, to be placed outside, in front of the windows most exposed to sunlight; in addition to shielding the house from the sun, they will reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the walls.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a green corner under whose shadow you can find shelter as often as you want. Of course, al fresco!
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