The summer season is known for the endless battle in every home as people find ways to beat the heat. No doubt most of us would prefer to be thinking about hitting the beach to cool off, or to stay indoors drinking ice cold lemonade or iced tea. But apart from refreshing beverages, your living room can also help reduce the heat – that is, if you know how to do it.
With the right design elements in place, you can make your living cooler and cozier while everything sizzles up outside. That said, let’s take a look at a few things to consider when sprucing up your home for hotter days ahead.
- Swap your color palettes
Color can make a big difference when it comes to regulating the interior temperature. Pick the wrong color and you’ll risk turning your living room into a makeshift oven. You might as well pick color combinations that can help you achieve a cooler effect. For this, make sure you use faint shades of blues and greens such as egg blue and bridgewater bay. A good rule of thumb is to pick icier shades that will certainly dissipate heat.
- Pick self-cooling windows
Your living room’s windows are your best friends in keeping the heat out. That said, it helps if you are able to keep good care of your windows by getting a residential glass repair service to fix broken panels or have your windows insulated and weather-stripped. Another great option is installing self-cooling windows made from silicon. Although still a concept in development, these windows feature ultrathin vessels through which water can be pumped to prevent heat transfer and thus make your living room cooler.
- Install ceiling fans
If you don’t have an HVAC system, you might as well consider installing ceiling fans in your living room. Not only will they make a great addition to the interior, but they can also help you cool down. For this, opt for fans with wooden blades. When turning on the fans, have them rotate counter-clockwise. This will dissipate heat faster, resulting in a cozier living room atmosphere.
- Use thinner curtains
Thick curtains will help contain heat. That said, it’s advised that you swap heavy materials with lighter ones. You might also want to choose white drapes which can help reflect sunlight and prevent heat from entering the living room. There are a lot of fabrics to choose from, but the best options to consider this summer season are lace, cotton, and voile.
- Use energy-efficient lighting
Last but not least, you might want to swap your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Incandescent bulbs may look pretty when turned on, but they can emit a warmer glow and add heat to the living room. With energy-efficient lighting, not only will you be able to save money on electricity, but you can also reduce heat while you keep your living room constantly illuminated.
Dealing with the summer heat may or may not cost you much, but since you need to cool down this summer, it’s advisable that you go the right way in keeping your home cool.
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