Date Online: 6th August 2018 13:59
Modified: 14th January 2019 22:20
Not everybody has the luxury of an air conditioner, whether for ecological, economic or other reasons. If you are one of those who spend the warm months without air conditioning, follow our advice to survive the heatwave and keep your home nice and cool!
Unless you are lucky enough to get an exceptionally cool breeze, close your windows to keep the heat of the sun and smog outside. To ventilate, open the windows at bedtime, but don't forget to close them back in the morning. For more efficiency, move your fans to get more air flow.
Close the curtains to stop the sun from shining through. A little tip: Dampen your curtains. The heat will evaporate the water, refreshing the atmosphere in the process.
For your next decoration project, consider replacing your curtains for light-toned models that will reflect light, or installing shutters. In the meantime, you can buy sunshades like those that some people use their windshields: These large aluminum sheets reflect light outside.
Your electrical and electronic appliances give off heat, and as it gets hotter and hotter, a few degrees can make a huge difference. To limit your energy consumption during a heath wave, follow these tips:
Yes, there are rules behind effective airing! Not only can you change the way you use your fans, but there are many tricks to help the air flow and cool your home during heat waves.
A heat wave is definitely no time for intensive gardening, but when time comes to design your garden for next year, keep the warm days to come in mind and be strategic!
First, have you heard of green roofs? It literally means to grow plants on the roof, after layers of soil, filter cloth, drainage layer, root barrier and waterproof membrane. This arrangement helps to save on electricity in winter and summer, when it keeps the roof temperature between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, versus 65 and 80 for regular roofs.
That said, this requires a lot of work and money... For those who do not have this option, there are other solutions such as easy-to-maintain climbing plants that form a protective coating against the sun. Even if it will take years before you can enjoy their shading, trees are great investments in the long term, and hedges cool the air by evaporating water from the ground.
Take several steps to protect yourself from excessive heat, which should be taken seriously: heat stroke can be fatal, especially for vulnerable individuals such as the elderly. Symptoms of heat stroke and hyperthermia are nausea, vomiting, excessive fatigue, muscle cramps and stiffness, dizziness, headache, high pulse and difficult breathing.
No air conditioning? No problem! Learn how to stay cool at home when it's just too hot.
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