There are several ways to cool your home, and one of them is free. That is natural ventilation. It is a way of harnessing the wind that nature provides to your advantage. Here are 5 ways to maximize natural ventilation to cool your home.
1. Open your windows and doors
The best way to allow natural ventilation to flow into your home is by opening your windows and exterior doors. There is no other way for it to enter.
2. Install insect screen
Opening your windows can leave your home wide open for insects. Installing insect screens on your windows will give you peace of mind that insects cannot enter your home and will encourage you to open your windows. You can install insect screen to your exterior doors as well.
3. Install window blinds
Opening your windows will allow direct sunlight to penetrate into your home. You can block direct sunlight by installing window blinds. Window blinds are the best window cover for maximizing natural ventilation because its blades can block direct sunlight and the spacing between its blades allows outside air to penetrate.
4. Use casement windows
Casement windows or swing-type windows are best for natural ventilation because they are 100% openable, unlike the ordinary sliding windows that are only 50% openable. These casement windows will give you double the area of opening to allow more air to enter.
5. Plant trees in your yard
Planting trees in your yard, especially in front of your windows, can also help block direct sunlight from going into your windows so that you will not worry about heat coming into your home. Not to mention that these trees can naturally make the surrounding air cooler.
As an example, BluHomes Breeze, an eco-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, is designed to maximize natural ventilation. All its windows are casement-type windows for 100% window opening, and all are provided with insect screens and window blinds to encourage homeowners to open their windows. The front door and rear door are provided also with insect screens to allow natural air to flow through the home. The front yard is semi-landscaped to encourage homeowners to plant trees.
The best part about using natural ventilation to cool your home is that it makes your home eco-friendly. You will use less air conditioners and electric fans, consume less energy, and help reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere. And that can make your home eco-friendly.
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