India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI -

If home is where your heart is dur­ing th­ese sum­mer months, then here are few handy tips to keep your house cool. COLOUR CODED Give a fresh coat of paint to your walls this sum­mer. Splash them with light coloured re­flec­tive paint and help make the rooms seem light and airy which is im­por­tant to coun­ter­act the op­pres­sive heat. “Place lots of pot­ted plants, ferns and ter­ra­cotta sculp­tures in your bal­cony, they ab­sorb a lot of heat from the at­mos­phere” says Fali Kekobad, land­scape ar­chi­tect. GREEN ZONE In­te­rior de­signer and Ar­chi­tect Nikunj Cho­radiya adds, “Dense plan­ta­tion will help re­duce the tem­per­a­ture of the breeze com­ing in.” Creep­ers on a me­tal frames work and bind­ing khus kind of ma­te­rial with mesh also work great in this weather. If you have a space con­straint, go for bam­boo mats. TIP TOP One can even put china mo­saic on ter­race to re­duce heat fil­tra­tion through the roof. If the roof is not func­tional one could go for cheaper op­tions like putting lots of dry grass which will re­duce the tem­per­a­ture by at least three- four de­grees. COOL TOOL If you have wa­ter body in the com­pound, you one can coil lots of pipes in the wa­ter and keep one end in the house. A mo­tor is at­tached to that pipe which pulls air from the wa­ter and throws in the house with a help of a fan. It is cheaper than in­stalling desert cool­ers in the house, adds Cho­radiya.

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