Yes, we know, the weather gets to us, too. Cool down indoors when it’s sunny outside with these genius tips and tricks.
“A counter-clockwise movement circulates cool air down to the floor, where it wicks perspiration away from your body. This creates a wind-chill effect,” says Eric Tay, founder of fan manufacturer Acorn. The Fantastique AC-326 is just one of many Acorn designs that include a counter-clockwise function.
NEXT: Create cross-ventilation →
Cross-ventilation is important because it pushes warm air, together with the circulating dust and pollutants, out of the home and allows fresher and cooler air to enter. Open your windows and doors – ideally ones that are directly opposite each other – and get the air moving using an electric fan, especially when it’s less breezy outside.
NEXT: Prevent cool air from escaping →
And at other times that you seriously just need the A/C, make sure that windows are properly sealed, and doors are closed, to maximise the use of air-cons. Unnecessarily working it harder just means it wears out more quickly.
NEXT: Keep your air-conditioner in tip-top condition →
Regularly clean your air-con filters (at least once every quarter), and make sure you get routine maintenance to keep it working efficiently. This means cleaner, cooler air, plus savings on electricity.
NEXT: Use essential oils →
Remedy the heat with minty essential oils, such as peppermint or eucalyptus, or cooling natural solutions like aloe vera. Apply a dab of these all-natural essences on your neck for an icy sensation, or add a few drops into an aroma diffuser for some cooling aromatherapy.
NEXT: Use eye masks →
It could be a gel mask or even raw cucumber slices. Pop it in the fridge before use – a cold eye mask not only reduces puffiness in the morning, but it’s also a respite for tired eyes.
NEXT: Go green →
Adding houseplants is a simple and pleasant way of improving air quality at home, which also makes your house feel cooler. Plants absorb and filter chemicals from furniture that can linger inside poorly ventilated homes. Try these easy-to-keep ones!
NEXT: Keep your blinds closed →
Reduce the amount of heat and sunlight from entering your home by installing blinds and keeping them closed during sunny afternoons. You can draw the blinds when the sun goes down – this allows extra heat to escape, and cooler night air to ventilate your home.
NEXT: Drink up →
Sweaty days call for a countermeasure – lots of fluid! Not a Coke or anything of the sort, though – they might quench your thirst, but the sugar in these drinks end up making you even thirstier. Hydrate with pure drinking water instead, best enjoyed ice cold.
NEXT: Or eat a cold dish →
Some things are best served cold: revenge, and a watermelon and feta salad. Bon appetit!
NEXT: Get rid of moisture culprits →
Let damp laundry and wet towels dry outside, wipe dishes thoroughly dry before putting in the cabinets, and immediately open up wet umbrellas to dry before putting away. This reduces the humidity in your home, so you won’t find yourself sweating over nothing.
NEXT: Set your fans to rotate counter-clockwise →
By Eliza Hamizah Yusof, Home & Decor, May 2017
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