Try these tips to keep interiors cool in searing summer heat

Building outer walls using cement blocks could make the interiors warmer. Representational image: Vladimir Zhoga / Shutterstock

Concrete houses and buildings become like hot kilns during the sweltering summer heat. The nights too have become warmer with people complaining of sleeplessness and extreme sweating. Moreover, freshly cooked food too goes stale pretty easily due to severe heat in the atmosphere. This is when people purchase air conditioners in order to beat the heat. However, the family budget topples when the electricity charges shoot during the summer. Concrete structures absorb the heat from the atmosphere during the day and emit it into the house during the night.

Moreover, the roofs are built with two or three tons of steel which increases the temperature inside the house. Besides, there would be walls plastered with cement that support the roof. The multiple coats of emulsion paints too add to the problem.

The concrete houses become ‘hot boxes’ when it absorbs and stores the heat from the atmosphere. Using less amount of cement and steel and building really tall windows and rooms are some of the methods to solve this issue. Even if you build windows and doors that are at least seven feet tall, the rest of the walls that extend to the ceiling would be cement plastered. These areas might have air holes for ventilation, but they are not enough.

It is important to line the walls with windows up till the height of the ceiling. Most of modern homes lack facilities that could effectively push out hot air. Everyone is keen to ensure that there are enough facilities to bring in natural light and cool air. But, they do not know the scientific methods that could help in pushing out the warm air.

Building a chimney right in the center of the house and connecting all the rooms in the house to this chimney through holes might seem like a great idea to reduce the heat inside the house. But, experts say that a chimney is not enough. It is significant to think about more practical methods that would prevent the walls from absorbing heat.

The amount of concrete, steel and cement plastering that absorbs heat should be reduced for that. Windows that are taller than seven feet should be installed in homes. Building a room, with a double-height ceiling, in the center of the house too could reduce the heat to a certain extent. Moreover, planting trees that would provide natural shade for the structure is a long time solution.

Building outer walls using cement blocks could make the interiors warmer. Planting creepers and vines around the structure and retaining the soil in the yard too can keep the house cool. However, make sure to splash water to moisten and cool the soil. While building your dream homes, it is important to check whether these homes suit your bodies your too. The house, with its splendid designer elements and sturdy walls, might look great. But, these concrete houses would lose their charm when they heat up under the summer sun and you begin to feel it.


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