The long, hot summers are absolutely unforgiving in Pakistan. As temperatures rise, most of us end up keeping our homes cool by using air conditioners. But it isn’t as easy as you it is. AC uses a ton of energy (hello, huge energy bill!). And you’re not too lucky to be on holiday every summer.
Plus, being sun-kissed in the real summer when there’s no bijli will never make you want to pose. Trust us when we say this: in real life, no one can enjoy the sunlight in garmi.
This year, summer has been predicted to be a hot one, yet again. Some thinking that the 2015 heatwave may be back this time. And in a country where electricity loadshedding still exists, we just end up looking for alternative ways to keep cool, especially because the AC might not get enough time to cool the room down.
So here’s what one should do:
1- As much as possible, avoid heat-generating activities like baking in the oven, cooking on the stove. Light bulbs also give off heat, so take advantage of natural light as much as possible.
2- Turn on the bathroom fan or exhaust fan in the kitchen. Both of these pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower out of your apartment.
3- You need to avoid getting heat and humidity in the house. To do so, close the doors and windows during the day. Ventilate at night or using fans.
4- White window shades or blinds do reduce solar heat gain by almost half. You may also use thick curtains.
5- Most important: Stay hydrated. Drink a big glass of water before going to sleep, as sweating may lead to dehydration.
6- Here’s a less-expensive way to keep room cool: hang a white sheet in front of an open window to breezily bring down room temperature. Alternatively, you can hang your curtains while they’re still wet (if you’ve washed them).
7- Keep a desk fan on your side-table or any table in the room. Then, fill a bowl with ice and place it at an angle in front of the fan to enjoy a nice and chill breeze.
8- Go green! Plant trees around your house so that their shade falls on the building and automatically keeps it away from direct sunlight.
9- Letting the night air in is another option. During summer, temperatures drop during the night. Make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking the windows before you go to bed. Just be sure to close the windows (and the blinds) before things get too hot in the morning.
10- Change the sheets! Not only does switching up your bedding freshen up a room, it’s a great way to keep cool. Cotton is a smarter move this time of year as it breathes easier and stays cooler, so it is totally for summer.