Stay cool this summer without air conditioning with this ingenious tip for your home

Thermometers continue to climb as the country approaches 's equator, and seeing alternative methods to using air conditioning emerge has become commonplace. The French want to enjoy the comforts of a cool, comfortable home more than ever, but they're looking to do so while on the electricity bill.

This year, 75% of households have reduced their air-conditioning consumption, and 3 out of 4 are using air-conditioning for less time. These are the findings of the latest study published by Bosch on the subject, and confirmed by the return to our everyday lives of a trick that keeps the house at the right temperature without depending on the cost of electrical appliances.

The return of a simple, effective trick

This system is one of the most effective and simple to apply for making building temperatures more efficient. In fact, it's been used for centuries, but because of the comfort offered by air conditioning, we've stopped using it in many homes. Although if we take a look at the latest electricity bill, now might be a good time to do it again.

The term that names this concept was coined decades ago in the field of bioclimatic architecture. It's also very easy to apply in everyday living: it's called cross .

This system takes advantage of the natural flow of air, creating currents that circulate in the corners of the house.

To generate them, you need to open the windows on opposite sides of the house structure, so that outside air enters and circulates through the rooms, removing the heat that has built up in them throughout the day.

The secret of this trick lies in the pressure difference that occurs when the currents are generated. Warm air exits through open windows on the opposite side to the wind, while cool air enters through those on the windy side.

Tips for cooling your home

If you're looking for optimal airflow to lower the temperature in your rooms, here are a few recommendations to consider:

  • Open windows on opposite sides of the house to create constant fresh air currents.
  • Building orientation and location are also important for making the most of cross ventilation. Corner rooms are particularly effective for this purpose.
  • Take advantage of the most suitable, i.e. coolest, times of day to put this method into practice. First thing in the morning and evening.
  • Clean windows and surrounding areas frequently, so that air can circulate without restriction. This will also help to eliminate bacteria, fungi and dust mites that accumulate in the home and damage .
  • Enjoy the natural surroundings. If there are trees or vegetation near the house, they can also provide shade and help lower the temperature inside by a few degrees.
  • Another recommendation is to place awnings and fabrics (also in light tones) in areas where the sun hits directly.
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