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A HOME design expert has shared his top tips for cooling a room without using the air conditioner.
The expert says there are seven awesome ways to keep 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 warmed up, you might struggle to cool it down.
However, there are a few tricks that could help lower the temperature in the room and make it more comfortable.
CLOSE THE CURTAINS
Be sure to close curtains or blinds early in the day to keep the heat out of the room.
It is always advisable to close your curtains, especially in rooms exposed to direct sunlight.
Home expert Thomas Sanderson said: “While it’s nice to have the sun shining through the windows when it’s hot outside, opening your curtains or blinds will raise the indoor temperature significantly by your house.
“Thermal blinds are the perfect option for higher temperatures because they reflect a significant amount of radiant heat, regulating the temperature and keeping your interior cooler for longer.”
CHECK YOUR ROOF
You may not know it, but your roof can actually play a big role in the temperature of your home.
Corey Morgan of Kind Home Solutions explained, “Knowing the choice of roofing materials and their ability to absorb or deflect heat is an important factor that will affect room temperature.
“If you still want to have a cooler room, it is advisable to use a metal roof. There is also a cool roof specially designed to reflect more sunlight compared to traditional roof systems.
“The cool roof essentially lowers the temperature of the house and it also has more air circulation allowing cool air to enter the room.”
CHANGE YOUR BULBS
Another tip is to make sure you don’t have anything in your house that adds heat.
Incandescent bulbs, for example, can make your home much warmer than LED bulbs, which give off less heat.
TURN OFF YOUR DEVICES
Major appliances that consume large amounts of energy, such as televisions and dishwashers, will make your home feel warmer.
Thomas Sanderson said: “Be sure to unplug any appliances you’re not using as they tend to generate a fair amount of heat and will help make the day even hotter.”
“Remember to unplug kitchen appliances such as your toaster and any items you have on standby throughout the day, such as your TV.”
CREATE A BREAK
Another trick to improve your room’s natural ventilation is to create a cross breeze.
By opening the windows on opposite sides of the room, you allow fresh, cool air from outside to enter, which essentially lowers the temperature of the room.
UPGRADE YOUR FANS
While a fan alone may not be the best way to cool a room, it can be improved with a little ice.
Lisa Artis, Deputy Chief Executive of The Sleep Charity, said: “Use an electric fan and if it’s really hot put a tub of ice and some water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more. .”
USE A DEHUMIDIFIER
While using a dehumidifier won’t lower the temperature in your home, it will make you feel cooler.
CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR CEILING FAN
The direction of your ceiling fan can actually affect the temperature of a room.
During the summer it is best to have it on a counterclockwise rotation as this creates a downdraft.
In winter, return to the clockwise setting which promotes warm air circulation.
In the summer, a ceiling fan should move counterclockwise.
GET ANOTHER HOUSEPLANT
Finally, a more natural way to freshen up your bedroom is to get another houseplant.
The expert said: “A natural way to keep our homes cooler in the heat is to buy more indoor plants.
“Plants lose water through transpiration, which cools the air around the plants and leaves the space purified and cool.
“Having houseplants throughout your home will make stuffier areas more comfortable in the heat.”
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