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Cool Down A Small Space Through Cross Ventilation

Your home doesn't have to be cramped and gloomy

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Photography: Pexels | Dairy Darilag

Many people think that tiny spaces are dark and uncomfortable, with one or two windows letting in natural light and the cool breeze. While we can always rely on air coolers and AC units to keep the space relaxing and inviting, skyrocketing bills make us want to rethink our options. Lucky for us, we can always look into how cross ventilation can help improve our homes. Achieve proper cross ventilation in your space with these reminders from Architect Arts Serrano of 1/0 Design Collective:

1. Why is cross ventilation important?

"Natural flow of air is important in interiors to lessen dependency on mechanical means of cooling spaces. It will cut down costs considerably if taken into account early on."


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2. What are the factors to consider?

"Make sure that whatever elements are introduced to a space, they should promote a free flow of air (and light for that matter) and not clog up the space with solid volumes. Given a tight space, as is the case in most condominiums , [considering how the elements in a room affect ventilation] is also important to maximize visual depth of limited floor spaces."

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3. What are the key choices homeowners need to make?

"The choice of furniture, partitions, and materials are important in designing tight spaces. An open plan or layout is a better option than enclosing certain areas to promote a more natural approach to ventilation, and at the same time, such layout doesn't further cut the space into smaller, less flexible rooms. Flexibility is key in designing for small spaces."

This snippet originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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