Don’t you hate it when it’s hot? Sometimes it’s hot, and sometimes it’s hot hot. Those are the days where you just want to sit at home and rest beneath the air-conditioner, while the sun hovers angrily outside the window.
Keeping the house cool isn’t always easy though. Sure, there’s that one sweet spot below the air-cond's fan, where a cool breeze whispers over your body all day.
But there’s also that one corner in your bedroom, where your workstation is located, that never seems to catch the cool breeze.
With many of us staying home more than we’d like at the moment, it's time to explore some top tips and tricks to staying cool at home. Get your big coat out and get ready for a blast of cool ideas on how to make your room cooler!
1) Get the right air-cond for the room
Ok, it’s no surprise that ‘air-cond’ is the first idea for staying cool at home. A good air-conditioner is kind of like magic. But it’s important that you make sure the one you choose is correct for the space you’re using it in.
Air-conditioners are related to a particular size, and even type, of room. The image below would give you a rough idea on a good fit, so you don't end up wearing out your unit and it breaks down:
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If you’re putting a wall-mounted one in a kitchen or studio apartment, for example, you need to take into account the extra heat generated by cooking.
The greater the size (or volume) of a room, the more powerful your air-conditioner will need to be. High ceilings, for example, equals more room volume to keep cool.
That’s the same logic that says you shouldn’t have the windows and door open (letting in warm air) when using an air-conditioner.
Getting the right air-cond for the room size is the difference between blissful breeze and horrible heat. Also, look out for the energy star rating of a device! A 5-star rating means the most efficient use of energy.
2) Get your air-cond checked
Did you know that the hottest temperature ever recorded in Malaysia was 40.1°C in Chuping, Perlis in 1998? Now, if you’re looking for a house for sale in Perlis, you'd definitely want to make sure the air-cond is working perfectly!
Regular servicing is an important part of staying cool. These units include filters to stop polluting particles from being blown into the air, for example.
Over time, these filters can clog up, requiring more energy to bring in air, and reducing the efficiency (and cooling power) of your unit.
Making sure your air-cond is regularly serviced means it'll run well, and keep you cool. The bonus is that it should also cost slightly less to run.
3) Power up with portable air-conditioning
If you’re wondering how to make a room cooler without a major installation, then a portable air-conditioning unit is a great item to consider.
These are essentially smaller, moveable units that you can plug in and place where you need. Although, be aware that a good portable air-cond will likely include an exhaust vent, and may be limited in where it can be placed as a result.
These units tend to be less expensive to buy, but more expensive to run, in terms of cooling power for your money, as they’re less efficient than the wall-mounted options.
Their more limited size also means they’re less capable of cooling bigger rooms, although it'll probably work wonders if you're only aiming it at your face!
4) A fan of fans
A trusty electric fan can be a welcome addition to your house cooling equipment. Sure, they can't do much cooling, but they can still help with cooling down when placed in appropriate places.
Placing a fan strategically near a wall-mounted air-conditioning unit can help distribute the cool air around the room, hitting those ‘hot spots’ that might otherwise stay warm.
It’s a smart way to keep that cool air flowing freely. Pointing a fan downwards at the floor can also act to ‘bounce’ the cool air from the air-cond back up, and circulating throughout the room.
Fans can also be used to ventilate with natural air, by placing a fan pointing out of your window when it’s cooler at night, accompanied by another one pointing in.
That might seem the wrong way round, but a fan pointing at a window pushes hot air out, while another fan pulls cold air in. Clever, isn't it?
5) Benefit from a breeze
A breeze is always welcome on a warm day, and the science behind that can help with a more pleasant living experience in a warm house.
A flow of air across your skin acts to cool your body down, by replacing hot and humid air on the skin with fresher air that allows for more evaporation – essentially, it improves your body's ability to sweat and regulate heat.
That means even if the air isn’t necessarily "cooler", it still helps reduce your feeling of being overheated.
Placing a fan that circulates air around your skin is a simple way to stay cool. It’s the same principle that works with a ceiling-mounted fan that pushes air down around you.
Creating a natural flow of air through your house can also help, by opening several windows or doors so that the air actually has a path to flow and move through the rooms.
This science isn’t anything radical in Malaysia, with good airflow for cooling a fundamental part of how the beautiful and traditional Malay homes were designed.
6) Surrender to the shade
The sun is blindingly hot. It heats things up pretty quickly. Simple, but important to bear in mind when it comes to keeping a house cool!
It’s not only about cooling the air inside when it comes to staying cool at home, you also want to make sure it doesn’t get heated up in the first place.
Using blinds or black-out curtains to keep out direct sunlight from a property stops air from overheating, and reduces the burden on air-conditioning to keep things cool.
This is particularly important if you’ve got big glass windows that face East or West during the daytime. Always keep blinds or curtains closed so you don’t return home to a sauna!
Shutters on the outside of windows are the most effective way to stop this heating, as it prevents light from getting inside the house to warm up the air.
7) Shower at the right temperature
There’s maybe a temptation to rush into the bathroom and have a freezing cold shower when it’s too hot inside. The truth is, having a shower that’s too cold can actually work against your attempt to cool down!
A freezing cold shower will temporarily make you feel cooler, but it’s a foolish choice! A cold shower will reduce blood flow to the skin and cause pores on your skin to shut.
Yes, it'll make you feel cooler momentarily, but it'll often cause our core body temperature to rise in an attempt to respond to the sudden shock of the cold.
All is not lost though! Taking a shower at a slightly less extreme temperature that’s just a little cooler than your current body temperature can help reduce overheating and regulate your temperature.
8) Move to Cameron Highlands
Ok, this is kind of a cheat, but if you want to find the coldest temperature (in a tropical country, no less) possible for your home, then Cameron Highlands is the place!
The lowest official temperature recorded in Malaysia was 7.8°C in Cameron Highlands in 1978. If you’re a cooler kind of person, then it's time to start that hunt for property for sale in Cameron Highlands!
Want to explore more about Malaysia’s property market? Why not check out our article – Wait A Minute, How Many Properties Are There In Malaysia.