With temperatures in the Philippines expected to average between 35°C and 39°C until the end of March (fingers crossed), it can be hard to stay cool even indoors. The heat can also make it more uncomfortable if you are fasting this Holy Week. We can’t change the weather but we can certainly help with these few tips that you can do to keep yourself cool in your home:
1. Have The Right Type Of Curtains & Blinds
You may think that there’s no difference between the types of window dressing you use, if you ask any interior designer, they can give you a whole list of it!
If you want to keep cool, the one rule you should stick to is to avoid darker colours if possible, or at least have lighter colored curtains facing the sun. Dark colours attract heat with can lead to higher temperatures inside your house.
2. The Less Light The Better
It’s not as depressing as it sounds, but the less light you have turned on in your room, the cooler it will be. Find ways to let more natural light into your house.
This includes lamps and incandescent lights. Consider switching to LED lights which produce much less heat than your standard light bulb and are since they are very energy efficient, it will be much cheaper on your electricity bill in the long run.
3. Clean Your Aircon
Make sure you have your aircond servicing scheduled in at least once a year to remove any buildup of debris in the filter and internal compartments. Cleaning the filters is one thing that you can easily do yourself.
Many people over look this very important step – cool air can’t be produced and flow properly if your air cond parts are not well maintained and filters are blocked by a layer of dust. You’ll just end up wasting a lot of electricity without getting any cool air to begin with!
4. Get Downstairs
Remember that heat rises. So the lower you go in your house, the lower the temperature will be.
If you have a multi-storey house, the bottom floor is most likely the coolest area in your home – so get the kids out of their rooms upstairs and spend some quality time downstairs. Or you can just grab a comfy futon and have a quick cool nap!
5. Fans Are Your Friends
With the powerful cold blast of the aircond it’s easy to underestimate the power of a fan! Staying under the aircond all the time is not a good idea in a humid weather like the Philippines– you’ll actually find yourself catching colds more often.
Fans cost significantly less than aircons in every aspect and they still do a pretty good job. If you don’t like the look of standing fans, invest in ceiling fans. Fans are also a great choice for circulating a lot of air around the room to prevent cold air from settling in one spot.
6. Plant More Trees
Consider planting some trees that can provide shade over your house. Plants and trees can also cool the air around your house as you get water evaporating from the surface of leaves (so it’s also a good idea to get a few potted plants indoors as well!).
When selecting the right tree, make sure that it doesn’t grow to block the view of your house, interfere with your power line, or have heavy branches falling on your roof. Find out more about suitable plantings from your nursery or ask a landscape designer or contractor about the best position to plant your tree.
7. Use Machines Only When Necessary
Large white goods like your washing machine and dishwasher produce a lot of heat. Try to use these items as little as possible, along with other electric appliances.
The best time to use them is when you are out of the house. Another idea is to move things like your washing machine outdoors. You can consider renovating your house to create a simple extended-outdoor washing area.
8. Change Your Clothes & Grab A Cool Drink!
When you’re not out, remove your socks and hat – the top of your head and feet are two places your body release most of your body’s heat. So keep them open and cool and your temperature will decrease dramatically.
Stay hydrated! If you’re hot, drink something cooling like barley or coconut water. Drinks like ice lemon tea make for tasty thirst quenchers.
If you’re thinking of keeping your house cool in the long run, get in touch with one of our interior designers who can help you improve the ventilation and flow of air in your house design.
For simple touch-ups, installation and maintenance, you can also get in touch with one of Gawin‘s verified handyman, carpenter, contractor, landscape designer, gardener, or suppliers – we have someone for every need!