Like this article, if you feel the weather is killing you in this scorching heat. I sometimes don’t understand how bipolar the weather in Malaysia can be. Especially now, where you can hear everyone screaming and complaining “weyh, damn hot lah the weather” or crazy ah, you want to die under the sun, is it? Whenever I sleep, I have to be sure to switch on two fans in my rooms in able for me to sleep peacefully without sweating. Plus, not to mention, showering a number of times in a day and with the recent water shortage. Well, that didn’t help much with the cooling system, isn’t it?
In that time, I’ve discovered a few “remedies” in making a home cooler and it actually works! I was able to beat the heat and not constantly opening up my house freezer to cool myself down. Here are some tips to help you go through the Malaysian hot weather.
1. Hang wet clothes in the house
The reason being this could work is because if you hang wet clothes in a hot room and let them dry assisted with a standard fan, the room will definitely cool down due to evaporative cooling. The surface of the clothing is carried away by the water molecules into the room, thus creating a less hot air around. I normally try this method before I head off to bed and trust me, you’ll be comfortably tucked in your blanket.
2. Keep your blinds closed.
As simple as the tip may seem, letting air in and opening up the curtains widely is not going to secure a cooling experience for your living space. Curtains can save you up to 7 percent on bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Better yet, invest in blackout curtains. It naturally blocks sunlight, naturally insulating the room too.
3. Swap your sheets
Not only does switching up your bedsheets prevents unwanted bedbugs or bacteria, it’s also a great way to keep yourself cool and cooler. Cotton would the next best move to switch to as it breathes easier and stays cooler. I mean, what’s more, comfortable than sleeping on a freshly new sheet?
4. Your body temperature is important
Why do you think our ancestors can live for a long time even without the invention of air-conditioning? I believe it’s all coming from the temperature of our bodies rather than our surroundings. From sipping tasty iced drinks to applying ice to applying an ice cube to strong-pulsed areas like your neck and wrists makes us feel that cooling yourself from the inside out is not a bad idea at all. The main tip for you is to eat ABC Cendol! Yummy and refreshing!
5. Let the night air in
Temperatures normally drop during the night. When this happens, always make the most of these refreshing hours by cracking windows before you go to bed. If you don’t open up the windows, chances are you’ll be breathing the same air which is not good for your health and sooner or later the heat will be trapped in the same living space as you are. Just be sure to close the windows and blinds before things get too hot in the morning.
6. The floor is always coldest
Have you ever notice that whenever you step on the floor, it’s always cold no matter how hot the weather is? So, when the heat rises, hit the downstairs couch or basement, or put your mattress on the floor if the air feels cooler down there.
Although the weather is unpredictable in Malaysia, it’s always good to just appreciate the diversity of hot and cold in here rather freezing ourselves up for the winter.