Tips to keep your Home Cool In the Summer Heat

Rooftop Garden

Summer, along with the scorching heat, also leads to higher electricity bills. This is more so, because our homes are not optimized to beat the summer heat. It’s time you prepped up your house before the summer sets in. Here are some ideas to optimize your home for the summer.

Terrace Gardens: If you happen to have a house on the top floor or a bungalow, you’d be grappling with the exposed ceiling getting all heated up. Planting a terrace garden is an excellent way to ensure all the sunlight falling on the terrace gets absorbed and doesn’t heat up the floors below. There are however some measures you need to take before you plan the same. You need to ensure there is a proper drainage system on your terrace, such that the water flows through the appropriate channels; and you need to get layers of waterproofing done, to avoid water seeping through.

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Insulated Films on Windows: If you have big windows adorning your house, worry not. You could easily install an insulating film on your windows. These films reflect the sun’s rays and reduce your home’s overall heat gain. As a result, your home feels cooler, and your air conditioner runs less. Insulating films also retain up to 55% of your home’s heat in winter. These films provide comfort you can feel and savings you can see in your utility bills. Insulating films also block out up to 99% of UV (ultraviolet) rays, which we all know are bad for the skin.

Insulated Windows

Reflective Paint: Reflective or insulative paints use a technology where a broad spectrum thermally reflective coating is applied to block heat radiation and to dissipate heat rapidly. This type of paint reduces heat transfer through the coating and reflects back 90% of solar infrared radiation and 85% ultraviolet radiation. This paint should be applied on rooftops, asbestos sheets, exterior walls, and most importantly, roof top water tanks- to avoid water from heating up in the harsh summer.

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Awnings: Way to reduce the amount of sunlight entering the house in the summer is by installing awnings. These retractable window and door shades are very effective in blocking sunlight and offering shade right outside windows and doors.

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Frosted Glass, Blinds: Other ways of blocking the sun are, installing frosted glass and blinds. If you plan on adding a green touch to the house, you could hang a lot of planters from the ledge over your window, and add to the beauty and the comfort of your house.

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Kitchen: While planning the renovation, install effective kitchen chimneys, to ensure the kitchen doesn’t heat up.

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Aside from these, you could integrate solar cell panels as an alternate energy resource to supplement your incremental power needs in the summer.

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7 Indoor Plants with Air Purification Abilities

Ficus Weeping Fig

Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the World. In fact, you may be aware that the Delhi government recently trialed the odd-even rule for vehicles to control air pollution. It’s a common misconception that air pollution is restricted only to the outdoors and doesn’t affect the inside of our homes. On the contrary, it’s imperative for us to find solutions to purify air within the confines of our walls. What better way to do so than by adding a green-eco friendly solution to your home, plants. Here’s a list of indoor plants you could place to reduce the air pollution naturally.

1) Palm Tree: These lean and beautiful palms don’t just have an ornamental value, they are best air purifiers as well. NASA ranks palms as the most efficient air humidifiers. Palms are known to continuously remove chemical toxins from the air. Palms enhance the decor and they need some humidity to grow, for this reason they can be placed in living rooms and kitchens.

Palm Tree

2) Bamboo Plant: Bamboos are not only significant in feng-shui they are intense air purifiers too. These attractive and soothing indoor plants are quite effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. They will flourish in your home if well watered and placed in shade or indirect sunlight. Bamboos keep the air fresh at night so they can be placed in living room as well as in bedroom or bathroom.

Bamboo Plant

3) Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a great indoor plant to improve your air quality at home. It is easy to grow and it helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners. Aloe vera emits oxygen at night and so they are best to be placed in bedrooms. Since they have anti-septic properties and fight burns well, it’s best to keep one in the kitchen as well.

Aloe Vera

4) Boston Fern
Boston ferns act as a natural air humidifier, they remove formaldehyde and generally are good air purifiers. They are also highly efficient at removing indoor air pollutants. Bathrooms are an ideal location to place boston ferns because of higher humidity levels needed to grow this plant.

Boston Fern

5) Spider Plant: Spider plants are not only decorative but also easy to grow. They are also a part of the NASA list of the best air purifier indoor plants. Spider plants produce more oxygen during the night and should be kept in a bedroom.

Spider Plant

6) Ficus / Weeping Fig: Ficus has some serious air-cleaning abilities, it can also be taken outside in late spring and brought back indoors when it gets warm outside. Apart for being a great air purifier it also is a great accompaniment to endure carpeting and furniture. Ficus should be kept in a living room near a window or a balcony to get bright light.

Ficus Weeping Fig

7) Snake plant: This plant is also known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue. This is one of the best indoor plants for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. The best part of this indoor plant is that it gives you a slight oxygen boost while you sleep. Hence, it would be a great idea to place it in the bedroom, on the side table.Snake Plant

Want to know more? Here are some additional tips for cleaner air at home