5 Dirt Cheap Ways To Cool Your Room
If you have had the experience of spending some time in a hot room then you already know how uncomfortable and even torturous it can be.
If you have such a room in your house then chances are that you are always asking the question of how to cool one room in house without having to break the bank or massively redesign or renovate your house. If that’s the case, then this is your lucky day.
Having faced the problem myself, I found five brilliant ways to bring the temperature down in my living room which, for some reason, was always hotter than the rest of my house. And the best part was that not only were they easy to implement, they were also quite inexpensive.
So without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at these ways.
1. Reflective curtains are a great way to keep the heat out
The best way to keep the temperature in the room down is by keeping the heat out. And as there is heat wherever there is light, you need to keep out excessive light out of the room.
The best way to do that is by installing curtains. Normal curtains do an acceptable job but if you want to take it up a notch then you need to install reflective curtains. Curtains like these do a great job of reflecting most of the light that hits them and in doing so, keeping the temperature low to a great degree.
Now, you won’t be able to get such curtains from the market easily, if at all. But you can make your own without a lot of hassle.
All you need is windshield blockers. They are quite cheap and stringing them together to create big pieces won’t be a problem. Hang them in the windows in the room and it will definitely have a positive effect on the temperature in your room. If you can’t join them together then placing each individual piece strategically should also do the trick.
2. An airflow always helps
Keeping the air moving in the room is also an effective way to cool the room down. For this, you will need a couple of low cost fans.
Once you have the fans, you only need to place them strategically to create an airflow in the room. If there are multiple windows in the room, then you can place one fan in one window and another one in the other window to create an airflow. One fan will suck in the fresh air from outside while the other one will push the old, warm air out.
Even if there is only one window in the room, you can still create an airflow by placing a fan in the other room or placing a fan outside the room. The more the air circulates in the room, the lower the temperature will remain in the room and the more comfortable you will feel.
3. Monitor the heat producing devices
As you may already know, any device that uses electricity produces some amount of heat as a waste. Although this heat generated isn’t a lot, it can add up. So make sure that any device that is not being used at the moment is turned off.
In fact, you should try to develop a habit of doing so. You can even take it a step further by turning off every electronic device in the room at night when you are about to hit the sack. This will not only reduce the temperature in your room, you should also notice a significant decrease in your electricity bill. So it’s a win-win situation for you.
4. Build yourself a low cost air conditioner
Yup, you read that right. If you can’t spend a lot of money on a new air conditioning unit, don’t worry; you can still get some air conditioning in the room with just a couple of things. All you need is a fan, a bucket, some tubing and cold water.
You just need to connect the tubing to the front of the fan and run it through the cold water. A small pump should be enough to run water through the tubing and voila: you have your own DIP air conditioner. When this whole system is turned on, the cold water will run through the pipe. This will reasonably cool down the air that is being given by the fan.
But be warned, it is a clunky system, so you will have to be careful. While this is not a replacement for full-fledged air conditioning, it will definitely help you with your temperature problem.
5. Water plants can also help you to keep the temperature down
You can also use small plants to keep the temperature down in your room. All you have to do is to plant small plants in pots and place them around the room. This works better if the plants can grow in water.
That way you can fill the pots with water. The air that flows over the pots will bring the temperature down around them. If possible, place them in the windows but first, make sure that the windows don’t let too much light into the room. If they do, then using the plants won’t actually help you.
There you have it. 5 incredible yet low cost solutions to keep your room cool no matter the temperature outside.
So what do you think about the list? Did I miss anything? Is there something that you would do differently? Have you already used some of the above-mentioned methods? If so, be sure to share your experience in the comments below.
If you found this list helpful then don’t forget to share it with your friends and family that may be facing the same problem. Here’s hoping that you won’t have to spend another day in a hot room.