An uncomfortably hot home can make anyone feel trapped, “energy-less”, and sluggish. As the heat gets worse and the summer season goes on, it also gets sweltering at night that getting a good night’s sleep becomes challenging.
While it is tempting to turn all the AC or get yourself sitting in front of a fan, these are not the only ways to keep yourself and your home cool this summer. For many, using AC is costly, so we have listed down some tips for current and prospective condo owners like you, as to how you can keep your unit cool over the remaining weeks of summer.
Tip #1: Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the day
Most often than not, condo unit owners cover their windows reactively instead of proactively. Don’t forget to cover those windows even before the sun starts beaming in and before going off to work.
Leaving the windows uncovered during the hottest parts of the day can result in a hot, uncomfortable return home. Instead of forgetting this simple task just because you are rushing off to work in the morning, think ahead and cover your windows late in the evening in preparation for the next day.
Tip #2: Open windows on cool mornings and evenings and keep them closed during the day
What’s the first we do if it feels hot inside our home? We tend to open the windows right?
Depending on the time of the day, this trick can be counterproductive and may actually increase the heat in your condo unit. Open the windows when the temperature outside is lower than inside your unit.
You can open your windows early in the morning, later in the evening, or overnight while keeping them closed during the warmer time of the day.
Tip #3: Keep the lights off
As we many know, electrical lights give off a lot of heat. Reducing the use of electrical lights can surely lead to a noticeable change in room temperature.
With electrical lights, we also mean table and floor lamps that you have in the condo. Turn off the lights as much as possible. After all, less use of electrical light will also help you save on your electricity bills.
Tip #4: Power down your condo appliances
Like electrical lights, heavy use of appliances like stove, laundry machine, TV, or computer can also add heat to your unit.
Try using these appliances during cooler times like early morning or late evening, spacing their usage, and not using them all at once. Do not forget to power down your appliances when not in use. This will save you a lot from heat and electricity charges.
Tip #5: Circulate the air
Most people are fond of using electric fans to keep cool inside the home. But did you know that turning on your bathroom and hood range fans after use can also assist in air circulation and even pull out warm air?
Meanwhile, for ceiling fans, make sure that the fan is spinning in the direction that pushes the air down, for maximum cooling effect.
Tip #6: Bring in some plants
Having indoor plants in the condo is not just a trend but also a very helpful and rewarding way to get protected inside your home. It is in fact, one of the most effective ways to reduce solar heating.
Plants are not just for aesthetics or hobby. Setting up a few plants not only acts as physical shade but also helps in the circulation of oxygen at home. Plants that are placed near a bright window or within the condo can help contribute to a cooler environment.
Tip #7: Dehumidify
If you live in an area with high levels of humidity, you tend to sweat and it does not evaporate. Instead, it soaks your clothes leaving you feeling hot, sticky, and uncomfortable.
To feel cooler in high humidity, remember to wear loose cotton or other natural fabric that breathes, and use a dehumidifier, which can help remove excess moisture from the air, leaving you feeling cooler despite the hot temperature.
Tip #8: Change sheets!
Changing your bedsheets does not only make your room feel fresher but it also helps you feel cooler at home. This summer season, using cotton sheets is the best move to make it as it breathes easier and stays cooler.
Tip #9: Keep your bed heat-proof
Before you sleep at night, try this simple trick to help chill out. Fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer before placing it at the foot of your bed. It may sound strange but slightly dampening your sheets before bedtime will help you feel cooler while you sleep.
While we are tempted to be on AC mode all day in the condo, it turns out that there are several ways to buffer your home from the heat without increasing your electricity bill. You just have to be a little more creative to be able to feel cooler and more comfortable at home.
If you are planning to invest in a condominium in Manila this summer season, Vista Residences has recently launched its newest condo project along Taft Avenue which will surely fit your lifestyle needs.
Vista Residences is the condominium arm of the largest homebuilder, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. which offers ready for occupancy and pre selling condo units in Manila and Quezon City that are located within inner-city areas, in close proximity to developed business districts and universities.
Living in Vista Residences enables you to enjoy convenience, where everything is pretty much within walking distance or a few minutes away from the property; comfort because the project features and amenitiesare designed to deliver comfort at all times, which makes condo living a worthy investment; security that is 24/7 and CCTV monitoring, which makes the residents safe and secure within the property.
In line with Vista Residences’ thrust to offer convenience among its residents, it also features an AllDay Convenience Store and Coffee Project in all its projects.
For more information on Vista Residences, visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph, follow @VistaResidencesOfficial, or call the Marketing Office at 0908-9148457.