An Architect, Smriti Iyer’s valuable tips on keeping our homes cool during scorching summers without relying on air conditioners

not only keep your home cool but also contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.

Grow plants on your terrace. The mud used for planting acts as an insulator, absorbing direct heat from the sun and keeping the slab cool. Using plastic gardening sheets can prevent water leakage1.

Terrace Plants

Apply a white limewash to your terrace. It acts as a reflective layer, helping the slab remain cool throughout summer1.

White Limewash on Terrace

Consider using straw as insulation. It can help regulate indoor temperatures by minimizing heat transfer1.

Straw as Insulation

Install bamboo blinds on windows. These not only provide shade but also allow airflow, keeping the interiors cooler1.

Bamboo Blinds

Ensure proper cross ventilation. Open doors and windows during the night to allow fresh air circulation. Ventilation prevents internal air from getting heated due to adsorption and radiation2.

Cross Ventilation

Opt for lighter shades in your home. Dark colors absorb more heat, while lighter shades like white, cream, and sky blue reflect sunlight and keep the space cooler.

Choose Lighter Shades