Building & Renovating

6 Ways to Make Your House Cooler

Keep the house breezy and beat the summer heat with the help of these ideas


Let's admit it, hot summer days leave us sweaty and uncomfortable. While we'd like to keep the aircon on, we also don't want to have an enormous electric bill. Deal with the heat and save electricity with these tips that will surely help you cool down at home.

Main photo by Coastal Living via

Choose calming hues

Try accessorizing your space with cooler hues such as blues and greens. Blue is a relaxing color that can relax your mind while green lends a calming environment to any space. Stay away from reds and other hot colors like bright orange and yellow because they mimic the sun's heat.

RL Tip: Add teal or sage green colored pillows to your couch to jazz up a neutral colored sofa.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Keep the doors open

This tip applies only if you are at home. Opening doors and windows allow air to circulate around the house. 

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Make a DIY Cooling Mist

A homemade cooling herbal spritz can help make your home feel cooler. All you need to do is seed a cucumber, slice it finely, then add it to a cup of water. Strain it into old cologne bottles and spray away!

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Add indoor plants.

Bring indoor plants such as snake plants and peace lilies into your home and scatter them around your space. Plants naturally cool down a room and visually enhance an area. Click here to learn more about indoor plants.

Photo by Mark Francis Jesalva.

Wash your wrists

On a hot day, nothing beats washing your wrists and your other pulse points for that matter under cold running water.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Create a summer survival kit

Assemble a hot weather survival kit—fill it with hats, sunglasses, sun block, fans, and refillable water bottles. Leave it by the door so your family and guests can “protect” themselves before heading out.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

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