Given that we live in a tropical country, things are bound to heat up sooner or later. This is especially true during the summer months when the temperature can become unbearable. A few property developers, like Megaworld at The Fort, consider building options that reduce heat, such as centralized air-conditioning and insulated construction materials.
Unfortunately, not all residential projects have these developments. The only way to deal with it is to put the air conditioner on full blast, problem solved right? Wrong. Keeping that thing on 24/7 can wreak havoc on your electricity bill. If you’re on a limited budget, that can get pretty old, fast.
Good thing there are a lot of things you can do to cool your place down without the aid of an air conditioner. Not only are you going to save a bundle on electrical fees, you won’t have to suffer all summer long.
Shut the Doors and Windows
Won’t that trap all the heat indoors? Quite the opposite, in fact. Keep your windows open during the evening and early morning hours before you leave for work. This allows all the cool air to circulate throughout the apartment. Close all of them before you leave for work and you trap all of that inside your condo. You’ll feel the difference when you return in the late afternoon.
Do It in the Dark
It may not seem immediately obvious but your electrical lights give off a lot of heat. Ever tried changing a light bulb? If you got burnt by that process, imagine how much heat you minimize by taking all your lights out of the equation. Keep the light out with black out curtains or blinds you can close. It pays to switch on only if you need the added illumination. Otherwise, keep everything off and try living in the dark for a change. It isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.
Turn the Fans On
The good ol’ electric fan is a great alternative to air conditioning. You can leave it on for long periods of time without racking up astronomical electric bills. Get a sturdy stand fan for your living room or bedroom. Portable options make it easy for you to transfer from one end of the space to the other when needed. If you’re short of space for a fan, try turning on the bathroom exhaust. It helps the air circulate so you aren’t stuck with pockets of heat all over the place.
Invest in Some Greenery
If you’ve never tried gardening before, now might be a good time to do it. A good number of small to medium-sized plants scattered around the condo can keep the temperature on the low side. Place them in areas that tend to get warmer than most and water them on a regular basis. Plants encourage the circulation of oxygen and provide added shade, all factors that contribute to a much cooler space during the infernal summer months. This is a trend you’ll see all around, most property developers, Megaworld at The Fort included, take green living literally and very seriously.
Take a Cold Shower
It’s the ultimate sacrifice but somebody’s got to do it. Besides, with the weather being as hot as it is, you might not even notice the icy ambiance. Hot showers produce steam and that tends to circulate throughout the apartment. Keep the temperature low by opting to turn off the heat on your shower. It might not be pleasant to deal with at first but you’ll get used to it eventually. Better a cold shower than a hot apartment.
You don’t need to shell out a lot to bring the heat down. Sticking to these practices can help you keep things cool without breaking the bank. Now you can strike the climate change off your list of things to worry about.
How do you stay cool in your condo during the summer months? Tell us your tips in the comments!