9 natural DIY tips to cool your home this summer

“ACs and coolers are fine, but nothing evokes my memories of childhood summers sort of a ‘khus ki tatti’,” says Gurugram-based businessman, Avinash Arora. Confused? Arora spent his summer vacations during a little town named Tundla in UP. North Indian summers are infamous for his or her intense heat, which may even prove fatal. Very few things can assist you survive such weather and a ‘khus ki tatti’ is one among them, the businessman maintains. A ‘khus ki tatti’ may be a wholly natural blind/ curtain mat that's made from reeds and special grass, laid out neatly during a box and complete with water pipes for drip wetting. This mat is laid across open doorways and windows and helps lower the temperature indoors.

1. Use water to cool the home

Home hacks can work well. A simple trick involves employing a bucket of water. Dip rock bottom hems of your curtains into the bucket and leave the fan on. The water slowly seeps upwards through the material and therefore the breeze will carry the coolness into the space

2. Keep the rooms dark

We all skills relaxing it’s, to urge far away from the glare of a hot summer sun and into a cool space, under the shade. To achieve this, buy cotton curtains within the darkest colour possible. Ensure that the curtains have a thick lining, in order that the daylight doesn’t fade them. Dark green or brown are easy choices. Keep the curtains drawn shut, right from morning. If your room stays shielded from sunlight all day, it's sure to remain relatively cooler.

3. Leave the bathroom door open

Keep your bathroom door ajar, pour a couple of litres of water on the ground and let the breeze do its job again

4. Place plants near the window

Leafy plants, too, can work wonders. If you've got some large decorative or potted plants around, move them closer to your windows. They will absorb most of the warmth and make a cooling effect around them

5. Leave the fridge alone

You may be tempted to succeed in for cold water and ice-cubes frequently, but opening and shutting the refrigerator multiple times, increases the load and temperature on its motor. This, in turn, increases the ambient temperature in your house

6. Use cool lighting options

From LEDs to fluorescent lights, there are many cool lighting options available, so there’s no reason to continue using hot incandescent bulbs. Similarly, cut all electrical appliances, especially the TV, when not in use. Even a mobile charger emits heat

7. Buy a dehumidifier

You will breathe much easier, once the extreme humidity is reduced. You can check online sites for the simplest deals

8. Use cotton fabrics

Summer is not any time for fancy satin or silk bedsheets, or for faux leather upholstery. Buy at least one set of crisp cotton bedsheets, in white or pastel shades. If your couch is upholstered in any fabric that’s not cotton or linen, buy some sofa covers or throws that are made from cotton

9. Open the windows at sunset

If you throw open your windows at the proper time, you'll get the advantage of the cool evening breeze. This will lower the temperature of your home and make it easier for the night ahead. Also, open up every internal door in your house, including kitchen cabinets and toilet, bedroom and closet doors. This will help, to dissipate the warmth that's built up during the course of the day and reduce the general temperature. Remember to shut these doors as soon because the next day dawns and therefore the sun is up again.

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