For some of us, living in a hot and humid climate has already become the norm.
This is especially true for those living in equatorial countries and for those with four seasons, during summer.
Here are some basic ways on how to stay cool in a hot and humid weather in your own home.
1. Drink more cold drinks
Keeping cool at home isn’t only based on the external factors. You can also keep yourself cool by taking in cool or icy drinks.
Remember to make some ice at home, or if you have a refrigerator that can dispense ice, even easier.
If drinking water with ice cubes is a little too boring for you, why not get a blender just to crush ice?
You can make ice blended drinks or smoothies from the comfort of your home. Surely, it’s a great way to keep cool.
2. More air conditioning and fans
Another way to stay cool at home is to have air-conditioning installed.
This one’s pretty obvious. An air-cond can decrease the temperature of the room by quite a lot, but it’s expensive to keep it on all the time.
Additionally, it may not be that good for the environment.
A more eco-friendly approach is to get more fans. These days, you even have bladeless fans like the ones made by Dyson.
Some even come with an air purifier which kills two birds in one stone if you have a dust allergy issue.
3. Stay indoors
When the sun is shining really brightly, it’s probably a better idea to stay indoors at home.
Unless of course, you love sunbathing.
It should be much less hot when you’re not in contact with direct sunlight.
4. Invest in blinds and curtains
To add to the idea above, you should also get some curtains and blinds to block out some of the sunlight.
For curtains, a blackout curtain would be really great in minimizing the heat from outside.
It does, however, make the room dark.
As for blinds, you can use it in the living room or the outdoor space just outside the home. It helps to reduce the intensity of the sunlight, and thus, cool your home.
5. Having more trees in your yard
One way nature has taught us to keep cool is that having trees which are tall enough can really shade your home.
You may have noticed that the suburbs or rural areas are usually less hot as compared to the city for various reasons.
Trees aren’t only good for producing oxygen, but they’re also amazing shelter providers.
It’s no surprise that places with plenty of trees are usually cooler. But of course, that’s not the only reason.
Lesser cars on the road and developments also contributed to the cooler suburbs.
6. Turning the ceiling fan counter-clockwise
Some studies suggest that if you turn the ceiling fan counter-clockwise, it actually helps to reduce heat.
If you turn it counter-clockwise, the cool air will go downwards. Going clockwise is more suitable for winter.
7. Avoid using the oven or other hot appliances indoors
During summer or when the weather is extra hot, you may want to avoid using hot appliances at home.
Some of these appliances include your industrial oven or even a dryer. These appliances generate a ton of heat when used.
You can try outdoor grilling instead.
There are many ways to cool down in a hot climate and the list above is not exhaustive.
It does, however, provide a good start on how to cool down at home.