With the blistering hot weather soon descending upon us, many Singaporeans will find comfort at home with the air-conditioner or a strong-blowing ceiling or standing fan turned on. However, we can’t afford to have these fixtures turned on all day long without breaking the bank with our utility bill. So what other solutions are there to beating the seemingly unbeatable heat? Here are some tried-and-tested ways to easily turn your home into a cool, windy and airy realm where you can put your feet up and relax without breaking a sweat.
Switch to Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
Kill two birds with one stone by switching out all the incandescent light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescent bulbs. Not only will your home feel less heated with CFL, you can also save on your power bill.
Leave the doors open
On days when you are ready to leave the air-conditioning turned off, be sure to leave all the doors and windows in the home open to allow for a steady stream of natural flowing breeze throughout the house.
Sure, silk and satin sheets are great for a romantic night with your special one but on days where the sun is shining more passionately than anyone else, it will be wiser to store these away to make way for more lightweight materials like cotton which is more “breathable” and better for ventilation.
Change your cooking methods
Minimize the use of the oven and stovetop on hot days and utilize the slow cooker, pressure cooker or outdoor barbecue instead. Summertime is really not the season to be whipping up your delicious roast chicken or cooking that beef stew for 2-3 hours on the stovetop. The prolonged use of the stove and oven adds heat to the kitchen which will spill over into the rest of the home as well, making everyone in the house feel like they are the ones being cooked in the oven.
Here is a trick to getting your ceiling fan to emit cooler air: have it set to turn counter-clockwise and on higher speed. The result is a cool, comfortable breeze that will reduce the temperature of the room and yourself.
Ice Ice Baby
Another fan hack: if you own a table fan or standing fan instead, place a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan and the breeze that blows through will be as cool as an air-conditioner or cooler, without the added cost!
Cover the windows
There is nothing hotter than direct sunlight streaming into the house when the air already feels as warm as a desert. Leave the windows open but block the sunlight by having curtains or blinds installed.
Lie on buckwheat
Buckwheat pillows, that is. Unlike down or cotton filled pillows, buckwheat pillows offer insulation and do not absorb heat as easily.
Plants are an aesthetically-pleasing, environmental-friendly and naturally cool way to ease up on the heat during the hot summer days. During transpiration, plants lose moisture which in turn cools the air around it. Plants are so effective in cooling the home that when chosen carefully, can effectively reduce the temperature by 10-degrees. Some plants that are highly efficient in cooling the home include the fern, aloe vera, the snake plant and the ficus tree.
Hopefully these natural home hacks to cool the house will help in lowering your power bill and your body temperature this upcoming hot season. Be sure to also drink lots of water and take cold showers to stay cool!
Otherwise, you can always rely on our trusted service providers to get your air-cons ready for the hot season.