A HOME design expert has shared his top hacks to cool down a room without using the air conditioner.
The expert says there are seven genius ways to prevent your room from heating up and you probably already have most of the tools.
The home design expert told Livingetc that sometimes prevention is key so if a room has already heated up you might struggle to cool it down.
However, there are some tricks that might help lower the room’s temperature and make it more comfortable.
CLOSE DOWN THE CURTAINS
Making sure you close down the curtains or blinds early in the day will prevent the heat from entering the room.
It’s always advisable to close your curtains, especially in rooms that get direct exposure to the sun.
Home expert Thomas Sanderson said: “Although it’s nice to have the sun beaming through the windows when it’s hot outside, having your curtains or blinds open will increase the inside temperature of your home massively.
“Thermal blinds are the perfect option for higher temperatures, as they reflect a significant amount of the heat radiating in, regulating the temperature and keeping your indoors cooler for longer.”
CHECK YOUR ROOF
You might not know it but your roof can actually play an important role in your home’s temperature.
Corey Morgan of Kind Home Solutions explained: “Knowing the choice of roofing materials and how much they can absorb or deflect heat is a big factor that will affect room temperature.
“If you want to always have a cooler room, it is advisable to use metal roofing. There is also a cool roof that is specially designed to reflect more sunlight compared to those traditional roofing systems.
“The cool roof essentially lowers the temperature of the house and it also has more airflow allowing cool air to enter the room.”
SWITCH YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Another trick is to ensure you don’t have anything in your house that adds heat.
Incandescent light bulbs, for example, can make your home much warmer compared to LED bulbs that give off less heat.
TURN OFF YOUR APPLIANCES
Large appliances that consume big amounts of energy such as TVs and dishwashers will make your home warmer.
Thomas Sanderson said: “Make sure you unplug any appliances you aren’t using, as they tend to generate a fair amount of heat and will contribute to making the hot day even hotter,”
“Remember to unplug kitchen appliances such as your toaster and any items you have on standby throughout the day like your TV.”
CREATE A BREEZE
Another trick to improve your room’s natural ventilation is to create a cross breeze.
By opening the windows on the opposite sides of the room you allow fresh cool air from outside to enter, essentially bringing the room’s temperature down.
UPGRADE YOUR FANS
While a fan alone might not be the best way to cool down a room, it can be upgraded with a bit of ice.
Lisa Artis, Deputy CEO of The Sleep Charity said: “Use an electric fan and if it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.”
USE A DEHUMIDIFIER
While the use of a dehumidifier will not bring down the temperature in your house, it will make you feel less warm.
CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR CEILING FAN
The direction of your ceiling fan can actually affect a room’s temperature.
During summertime, it’s best to have it on a counterclockwise rotation as it creates a downdraft.
In the winter, switch back to the clockwise setting that helps the circulation of warm air.
In summer, a ceiling fan should move in a counterclockwise direction.
GET ANOTHER HOUSEPLANT
Lastly, a more natural way to cool down your room is to get another houseplant.
The expert said: “A natural way to keep our homes cooler in the heat is to buy more house plants.
“Plants lose water during transpiration, which cools the air around the plants and leaves the space purified and fresh.
“Having indoor plants throughout your home will make stuffier areas more comfortable in the heat.”
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