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How to Keep Your House Cool Without Air Conditioning


With the increase in temperature due to the rise in global warming, it is impossible for you not to crank up your air conditioning to cope with the sweltering heat. Not only will air conditioning increase your monthly electricity bills, but it will also thin the ozone layers and allow UV radiation to pass through due to the release of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). However, there are other alternatives to reduce the heat coming out from your walls without having to turn on the AC. Here are a few ways to keep your house cool with scientific explanations to back them up!

Prioritise Ventilation and Shading

Keeping the windows open is a common method to get the hot air out of the house—though, the outside air is just as hot as it is inside. Therefore, the windows should be open at essential times when the air is cool to allow proper cross ventilation, such as from 6-9 AM and 8-10 PM. 

Other than that, the windows should also be strategically placed for better shading. Since we live in a tropical climate, exterior horizontal shade, such as overhangs and louvres, is quite effective. Furthermore, external shutters that are commonly seen on old buildings in Europe are ideal. 

Choose The Right Paint and Glazes

Kitchen cabinets can make a big statement in the room. If your current cabinets are outdated or in need of repair, upgrading them can be a great way to update the look of your kitchen. There are a few different ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinets. 

You can paint them, stain them, or replace them altogether. One of the cheapest and quickest alternatives would be to swap out the knobs and pulls of your cabinets! Pick the trendy options and make sure you match the width of your new knobs or pulls to the old ones to avoid any paint scrapping off when you’re installing them. 

If you choose to paint or stain your cabinets, be sure to choose a colour that complements the rest of your kitchen décor— a seamless look or a contrast of colours with the walls would be the basic go-to for a renovation idea! If you’re replacing your cabinets, there are a variety of materials to choose from, including wood, laminate, and melamine.

Consider The Materials For The Building

If you want to reduce as much heat inside the house as possible, consider building your house through materials such as stone, bricks, concrete, or those buried in the ground. The large “thermal mass” induced by these materials has the ability to make the building feel cooler by slowly absorbing and releasing heat. This evens out the temperature over time, by turning daytime cooler and nighttime warmer. 

Use Natural Fabrics

Textiles and bedding are one of the most crucial factors you need to consider when you want to stay cool all day as it comes in contact with your whole body for optimum comfort. Shiny and luxurious-looking textiles like silk, satin, leather and even polyester should be avoided because although they elevate your interior, they are prime examples of good heat absorbers. Instead, go for light, airy and breathable fabrics like classic cotton or linen upholstery. With proper airflow and ventilation from said fabrics, you’ll be sinking into optimum comfort without feeling sticky and hot even when you’re sweaty. 

Grow Some Plants Inside

It isn’t taboo knowledge that plants are a great option to cool down your house due to the fact that they absorb carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen into the air. Shady plants that are strategically placed in the edges or corners of your house can help block out the sun rays from entering through the windows. Aloe vera and ferns are also good choices to buy as they are able to absorb the toxins hanging in the air. Aside from that, placing vines or creepers on the balcony grills will help keep the house cooler.

If you’re in need of expert assistance to transform your kitchen seamlessly, Godeco offers a FREE consultation, site visits and 3D sketch designs to help you realise your dream home as much as possible, just visit our website or contact us at 03–87407654 or email and we will reach out to you ASAP!

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