We’re approaching the hottest time of the year. Because of climate change, the summer waves are just going to get more intense. If you’re working from home, there might be some respite from the blazing sun, but it can quickly turn into a double-edged sword if you don’t take proper precautions for keeping the space well-ventilated.
Whether you’re on the coastline where it’s humid, or in the interior parts which have dryer dust storms, symptoms of heat exhaustion can affect everyone. These include…
- Skin irritation & rashes
Furthermore, because of the increased pollution in many Tier-1/Tier-2 cities, your condition might be worsened by breathing problems.
Of course, not all hope is lost. We’ve compiled some simple but handy reminders to ensure you’re taking all the necessary measures to keep your indoors cool & shady for the summer.
On top of general recommendations, we’ll also be featuring Pert’s Smart Home Automation Products, and how they can help you in this regard, so if you’re unfamiliar with them, I highly suggest sifting through our catalog: www.bit.ly/Pert-Catalog
Witness them in this blog post, making your life a bit more bearable. If you find it useful, please share it ahead with your family & friends. After all, sharing is caring!
1. Use natural shading & blinds
This one’s a no-brainer. By using blinds & light-shade curtains, you can prevent direct sunlight from coming through and heating up your interiors. It also keeps your AC’s cool air inside.
With Pert’s Smart Curtain controller, you can automate the entire process. Schedule the blinds to shut at noon when it starts getting toasty and set them to automatically open in the eve once things cool down.
Another creative idea is to hang a couple of creepers, climbers, or other long plant pots by the window sill. If used in moderation, they not only block the sunlight but also purify the air. Furthermore, it adds a green & clean look to your decor, so that’s an added plus.
2. Keep your space ventilated
Closing the blinds is cool but don’t close off your entire home, or you’ll just be depriving it of essential fresh air. The lesser the ventilation, the hotter your surroundings will become. Eventually, you’ll feel suffocated and cramped.
So keep your glass windows open, and invest in a mosquito net instead to keep insects and pests at bay. The only exception to this rule is when you’re using the AC, in which case you should shut the doors and windows to maximize its efficiency.
Ventilation is also blocked or enhanced by the number of things you have stored in your room. So if there are any unnecessary tables, chairs, or other pieces of furniture, shift them back into the storage, or put them above your cupboards.
The goal is to keep the room as spacious and open as possible.
3. Use the AC & Fan simultaneously
It’s no secret that keeping your fan on can reduce the load on your air conditioning unit, and also help in maintaining the cool effect for a little longer. With Pert’s Smart Plugs & Retrofit Switches, you can combine (group) & automate these appliances in our mobile app.
Set a “smart scene/routine,” which activates them both at once. Then schedule your AC to turn off in a few hours, while your fan continues to circulate the cool air until morning.
4. Get Smart with your Bedding & Clothing
None of us like damp bedsheets, but it can be a pretty common occurrence in sweaty summers. So it’s just best to switch out the bedding every 4-5 days, which will not only keep things fresh & hygienic but you’ll also feel cooler.
On a related note, lowering your sleeping position i.e. putting the mattress on the ground is also an extreme but effective way of getting a more relaxed experience at night, since the air on the ground tends to be slightly cooler.
Last but not the least, keeping a bowl of fresh ice cubes beside your bed might help to a certain extent (it’s worth a try).
Similarly, changing clothes often and ditching your innerwear when you can afford to will naturally keep your skin breathing & reduce skin irritation. Wear loose clothing with light colours, and for obvious reasons, avoid black or darker shades at all times. Developing a night routine can also help.
- Before you head to bed, put your wrists under a running cold water stream and soak your feet in cold water for 5-10 minutes. This should cool down your body to an extent.
- Take cold water baths 2 times a day, and use a Neem/herbal soap to wash off the dirt & germs accumulated as a result of sweating. Avoid the temptation of going for a shower just before bed, though, as it’ll heat up your body’s internal temperature.
- Set reminders to keep yourself well-hydrated every few hours not only with fresh water but also with naturally enriched drinks such as coconut water & sugar-free cocktails.
- All these activities have been observed to lower your body temperature before turning in for the night.
5. Turn off unused appliances
Appliances like the microwave, lights, and dryer/washing machine can generate heat even on standby mode. So unplug them when not in use.
Also, set a fixed time for charging things like your phone or tab. These emit heat, too, so it might be wiser to charge them first thing in the morning when it’s generally cooler. Avoid keeping them on charge mode overnight, especially if you’re already struggling with sleeping.
If you have Pert installed, you can control all your switches or plugged-in devices remotely using our mobile app.
For the record, reduce your microwave usage overall as it tends to heat up the temperature in the kitchen.
When cooking, especially boiling or frying, use the exhaust fan to flush out the hot air. The same goes for your bathroom fans, especially when you’re taking baths or using the washing machine.
Pert actually offers the installation of PIR Motion Sensors which automatically turn on/off the fans & lights in your bathroom when you enter/leave, so that’s one smart way of going about it because you won’t have to remember to operate the switches anymore.
Conclusion: Keep it Cool, the Smart Way
In this blog post, we covered some easy & natural tips to keep your house a bit on the cooler side over the hot summer season. To recap some takeaways:
- Block out the sun with blinds & natural shading like creepers/hanging pot plants
- Keep your space minimal & ventilated at all times. Open windows at night.
- Use the fan with your AC to maximize its energy efficiency.
- Switch the bedsheets & change your clothes more often. Wear light colours.
- Turn off unused appliances as they can heat up even on standby mode
- Make full use of the exhaust fans in the bathroom & kitchen
With Pert, you can save yourself the hassle of moving around by smartifying all your appliances like fans, lights, and AC. Pert enables you to remotely control, schedule, and automate them for any season or occasion. The voice integration feature with Alexa or Google Assistant takes it even further, essentially making it a hands-free experience.
Ultimately, this means you can lie back on your sofa & enjoy the cool evening breeze while your entire home dances at your fingertips. How relaxing does that sound? If you’re excited to start your journey and would like to explore the best smart products in town, download our catalog right now: https://bit.ly/Pert-Catalog
We’re also inviting you for a free live demo at our Live Experience Centre in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, so give us a call to book your appointment today. Don’t you worry about breaking a sweat. We always keep it extra chill & have refreshments in-store, too.
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