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4 Simple Things You Can Do To Lessen Your Aircon Usage

You don't always have to turn on your AC to bring the heat down in your home

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Photography: Dairy Darilag | Jilson Tiu (Main Photos)

The “ber” months are upon us, but unlike in most Western countries, we don’t experience the winter season. Instead, the temperatures in our country remain fairly constant—always hot and humid. The heat here often makes it feel necessary to turn on the air conditioning unit, just to make our homes cooler and more comfortable.

However, the truth is that air conditioning units, especially older ones, consume a lot of electricity, and therefore are more expensive to use. But thankfully, there are little things we who reside in tropical climates can do to bring down the heat. Here are just some of them.

Keep your curtains closed


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As beneficial as letting in natural light may be, drawing back your curtains or drapes, especially in the day, can also let in a lot of heat from the sun, therefore making your space a lot hotter and tempting you to turn on the AC. Keep your curtains closed to reduce the amount of heat entering your home. However, you may also choose to invest in screens or window types that allow light to filter in but keep the heat out.

Use plants


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We all know how plants can make any space look prettier, but having greens indoors can also cause many other benefits. One of these is plants’ ability to help make a room feel cooler. During the process of transpiration, plants lose air, which then helps cool down the air surrounding them. Imagine what it would be like if you had a lot of plants inside your home!

Stick to fans


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Compared to air conditioning units, it is far cheaper to run electric fans. But you won’t be getting short-changed—fans are also able to circulate cooler air and make any space feel instantly more comfortable.

Turn off the lights and appliances


It is probably nothing new to us that appliances and light fixtures, when running, generate heat. As much as possible, when not in use, it is best to keep these switched off. Not only does it cool down your space, but you also save up on your power consumption!

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