There are many ways to cool your home naturally and effectively in the hotter months, in order to complement your existing air conditioning system, and reduce your overall energy bills.
Nobody likes to be uncomfortable in the heat, but with planning and foresight, anyone can cool their living spaces naturally. Some of these methods can be implemented immediately by anyone in any situation, while others take more time and attention to detail. If natural cooling is something you’d like to put into place but you are unsure where to begin, this article will outline the benefits and challenges of natural cooling and get you on the road to cooling your home naturally this summer.
Natural cooling is the process of cooling areas without the aid of mechanical devices, such as air conditioning units. Natural cooling requires dedication and a multi-pronged approach to achieve successfully, but once in place it is easy to maintain, and, when done correctly, provides lasting cooling effects, while are also being viable and sustainable long term.
Natural cooling can be achieved by putting simple things in place to minimize the impact of heat entering your home and maximize ventilation and cool breeze. Here are several methods anyone at home can try today:
There are also several other ways to achieve natural cooling in your home. These include taking into account your home design to take natural cooling to the next level. This approach is often referred to as passive cooling, a process that takes advantage of the natural climate to cool your home.
When building or designing a house there are many ways you can use the design of your house to maximise the benefits of natural cooling. Examples include taking into account north or south facing rooms and windows and positioning windows to help breeze flow freely through the house. Other things to consider is planting extra trees around your property to help provide shade, using light coloured or reflective roof tiles and positioning your house to take advantage of cool breezes.
Natural cooling is easy to achieve but it does take patience and a multi-step approach. When it comes to deciding if natural cooling is the route for you, it’s helpful to think of it as a long-term solution. While using unnatural methods such as air conditioning to cool your home may give immediate relief from the heat, adopting the natural cooling methodology is a longer-term solution.
Natural cooling may take longer to achieve properly, but once you reach your desired level of coolness, it is likely you’ll be able to sustain it. With time, and the right planning and design, any house can be equipped to maximise the cool, so you and your family can be comfortable this summer and all year long.
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