The kind of summer that hits our country now is wild, scorching and unbearable, to say the least. With mercury soaring to higher and higher scores, it sounds only impossible to stay without an air conditioner or a room cooler. Also, as humidity soars with the onset of monsoon, even coolers begin to fail and it is only an AC that gives some respite. However, ACs aren’t cheap and everyone knows that. It is not unusual for electricity bills in summer to touch multiples of thousands for just a month!
We feel your pain, so we’ve gathered some of the best ways to keep your bedroom cool during the dog days of summer. From where to place your fan to keeping the blinds shut during the day, these tips are so easy to implement, you’ll be wishing you’d known about them sooner.
Place ice cubes in front of a running fan. If you place ice cubes or an ice pack in front of a fan, it will create a cool breeze that can significantly cool down a room. This is a great alternative if you don’t have air conditioning. You will have to replace the ice as it melts.
Another way to control the temperature of your bedroom — or any room — in warm weather is to keep the light out during the brightest hours of the day, and then open the curtains to allow built-up heat to dissipate during the cool evening hours.
Light bulbs give off heat—heat that builds in your bedroom and is difficult to expel. Opt for energy-efficient bulbs instead, as these give off significantly less heat and will thusly help keep your room bright but cool.
If you want to keep your bedroom cool, then hang a damp sheet in front of an open window. As the air passes through the wet sheet, the evaporating moisture will cool down your room. And the lighter the color of the towel, the cooler the room will be, since, as you now know, darker colors absorb more heat.