Housing problem

How to cope with heat without air conditioning

Residents of a rented room or their own three-room apartment - in a word, of any typical housing - face the same problems. Life around turns to experts to find out how to solve these problems. For this issue, experts told us how to survive if you strangle thirty-five degrees in the shade outside the window, and there is no air conditioning in your apartment and is not expected.

Air conditioning is no longer a luxury or a fad. And yet, many of us still suffer from the heat while at home. Firstly, as in any metropolis, a huge number of people in Moscow rent an apartment, and nobody really wants to equip someone else’s housing with expensive equipment. Secondly, installing an air conditioner even in your own apartment, located in a historic building, can be problematic. After all, someone just doesn't like the air that is overdried by the cooler. But to slightly lower the temperature in the room, according to experts, is possible in any case.


Stepan Bugaev

Art Director of the Design Victory Architectural Bureau

As for the decor, gadgets and accessories that will become assistants in organizing a comfortable stay in hot weather, then everything is quite simple. We often recommend that Roman curtains are dense in texture, they do not allow the sun to pass and create coolness in the room. Blackout pleated blinds and Blackout roller blinds, which also have the ability to retain even the brightest sunlight, are good, softly draped and retain their original shape. Those who have a winter garden, it makes sense to cover the windows with thermal film, which blocks the ingress of ultraviolet rays.

An obvious and inexpensive way out of the situation is a fan, but not all fans look good in the interior. However, there is, for example, Dyson, whose models are not burdened with grilles and blades. They can even become an accent in the interior. Do not forget that air humidity also affects your comfort: in hot weather it is very small. Dry air also affects household appliances and furniture. A humidifier will help here a lot - in any household appliance store it is easy to choose the right one in the right price category. In addition, in the heat it is much more pleasant to touch textile furniture upholstery. If you prefer leather furniture, put a blanket over your body or simply cover it with natural fabric in a suitable color. And yes, light-colored furniture stays cool for much longer than dark.

If your apartment is in the design stage, do not forget to provide ventilation in the hallway, dressing room and corridor. Air flows often do not reach these rooms, which becomes critical in hot weather. When creating a housing design project, pay particular attention to the location of the windows in the bedroom. Choose a place for the bed, taking into account the movement of the sun, so that you are comfortable waking up.

Ilya Nasonov

Chief Architect Nasonov DesignWerke

The first and most effective method of dealing with heat is the way of our parents, grandparents: leaving for the cottage. There, where there is no asphalt and exhaust. If this is not possible, curtain the windows with a thick, opaque cloth or blankets. In hot countries, such as Italy, shutters are used. You can also arrange house water in wide-necked jugs for a larger evaporation area. Controversial way, but one or two degrees to bring down will help. Another radical method is to draw cold water into the bathtub and open the door.

Perhaps, from the point of view of physics, one of the really effective ways of dealing with heat is gluing windows with tinting, preferably mirrored. It will reflect the sun's rays.

If we talk about interiors and their "precautionary design", then the use of dark colors for walls, dark leather for upholstery, black countertops in the kitchen will accumulate heat. Therefore, in hot countries they try to paint the walls in light colors and the floors there are made not of tiles, but of natural stone such as limestone, which heats up very slowly. Now those who build houses in the suburbs often choose wood as a traditional material that has poor heat-conducting qualities. In addition to this, a complex ventilation system is built, not air conditioning, which sensitively reacts to temperature changes overboard and, due to efficient air exchange, pumps fresh, but not cold air. As he walks through the mine, he cools down a bit, goes through a filter system. As a result, for two weeks in the house with the windows closed during the day, an acceptable temperature can be maintained: about 23-25 ​​degrees at 35 degrees outside the window. That is, now there is a salvation from the heat without an air conditioner, but again not in Moscow.

Watch the video: 12 Ways to Escape the Heat If You Dont Have an Air Conditioner (December 2019).

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