Summer is a beloved season in the Philippines. Though, admittedly, people oftentimes find themselves uncomfortable due to the rise in temperature at this time of the year. Basically, it heats things up for everyone – even those who purchased a condo for sale in The Fort.
As a result, these individuals rely on their air conditioners (AC) to stave off the humidity from their condominiums day in and out. Unfortunately, the excess use of this appliance will increase the cost of their electricity bill, which then leaves them to limit their AC use and deal with the heat by themselves.
Luckily, there are a few ways to cool your place without using an AC. Here are a few suggestions:
Shut your blinds
Did you know that about 30% of unwanted heat comes into your condo unit through your windows? You read that right, which is why the simple act of closing your blinds shut can make your place instantly cooler.
Blinds, curtains, and shades work on blocking the sun’s rays and heat from entering your home, so be sure to utilize them this summer season.
Tint Your Windows
Condo owners who don’t like the idea of placing blinds, curtains, or shades in their units, can tint their windows instead. This will very much reduce the heat and the ultraviolet rays from entering their place.
A cheap heat-reflective film is another alternative you may want to look into. Though you have to be aware that installing them on your windows can reduce the light coming into your home.
Minimize Using Lights and Appliances
Using lighting fixtures and appliances – particularly incandescent ones – generate more heat into your unit. This is the last thing you want to do when the heat already feels unbearable.
As much as possible, don’t turn them on unless it is absolutely necessary. You may also look for alternative options that you can use at this time of the year. For instance, rather than using the gas range when you are cooking, opt to use the grill instead.
Choose to Use Fans
Opting to use electric fans instead of air conditioning units is a simple yet effective hack to do this summer. It will essentially provide you an extra breeze without exactly emptying your wallet.
If you are looking for something cooler, then you might want to try this trick: place a bowl full of ice in front of a big fan, turn the fan on and wait for the air to become cooler and extra misty. It will blow your mind!
Open your Windows at Night
Opening your windows at night is ideal to let the cool night air in. You may even use a fan to lower down the temperature even more. If you have a ceiling fan, you might want to adjust it to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. This will ultimately turn the humid air into a wind-chill breeze you need to sleep comfortably. Just remember to shut your windows before the morning light comes in.
Feel free to use your air conditioning unit, if you believe these hacks are not enough for you. Just ensure that you don’t leave it on for a long period of time that it could actually hit you where it hurts – in your wallet!