10 Brilliant Ways for Keeping Your Home Cool in Summer

10 Brilliant Ways for Keeping Your Home Cool in Summer

We are just starting April and temperatures are skyrocketing already. There are a lot of talks about heat waves throughout India and many states are facing drought. Already many parts of Chennai city are facing a complete shortage of drinking water as the ground water level is running dry. It is quite understandable that how your electricity bill will touch the sky during peak summer as you tend to use a lot of AC. We have come up with 10 ways by which you can opt for cheaper alternatives to keep your home cool during summer. 1. Windows: Keep the windows closed during daytime and open them at night. During summer, hot air keeps circulating during the daytime. So keep the windows closed and once the sun sets, open all of them. 2. Thermocol: Use thermocol ceiling which absorbs heat and keeps your room cool. This is nothing new as this has been implemented in a lot of commercial establishments. You can do the same for your bedroom and this will help your AC function more efficiently. 3. Lighting: Replace all incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LEDs that have a cool daylight color. 4. Electrical Appliances: Don’t use heat generating devices like a washing machine, dishwasher, etc during day time. Use them early in the morning or late in the evening. This will reduce the heat in your home. 5. Bed Sheets: Avoid using silk, wool or polyester bed sheets in summer. Replace them with light weight cotton sheets or linen. 6. Paint: Repaint your house with heat reflecting paints. If you can’t afford to repaint the whole house,...
5 Home Improvement Ideas That Are Really Valuable

5 Home Improvement Ideas That Are Really Valuable

Home improvement is a never ending subject and is always useful. No matter how many home improvements you’ve already made, there is always scope for more. When you surf the web for home improvement related tips, you’ll come across millions of articles and tutorials explaining various aspects of home improvement. The main problem is which is selecting which is important and which suits your home better. Our article will discuss only the top 5 most important and valuable home improvement tips which will enhance the overall value of your home. 1. Enhance your kitchen: Add a bright light, remove unnecessary items and create more space make it look bigger. Organize your cooking counter top and storage sections in the kitchen. Make it look clean and well organized. If you can afford, convert your kitchen into a modular kitchen and conceal all the storage items. A clean and well-lit home gives you peace of mind which leads to a happy life. 2. Update your bathroom Renovating your bathroom is extremely crucial. Replace old and leaky bath fittings with new ones which are good both for functionality and appearance. If you are music lover then opt for shower heads which comes with Bluetooth speakers. Though a small investment this adds a bit of luxury to your daily life. 3. Make it Eco-Friendly Green homes are becoming popular gradually. Convert your home into an energy efficient and eco-friendly home. Replace old bulbs with led bulbs, opt for a 5-star rated energy saving electrical appliances like Washing Machine, AC, Fridge, etc. Try to replace your existing heater with a solar powered water heater....
5 Quick Tips to Improve the Lighting in your Home

5 Quick Tips to Improve the Lighting in your Home

Having a well-lit place is extremely important for a happy life. Whenever you buy an apartment it comes with the basic lighting like a Tube and a normal holder for each room. The typical Indian will install a tube and also a bulb CFL/led as well. A single tube light is not good enough to distribute lighting for the complete room. This leads to some places in the room being on the darker side. It is crucial that you spend some time and money in improving the lighting in the home. Here are top 5 tips for the same. Add a Mirror A mirror is a mandatory object for a bedroom or bath but how many of you are aware of the lighting benefits of the mirror. Mirrors; if placed strategically can increase the lighting of the home a lot. Opposite to Windows: If the mirror is placed direct opposite to the window, the incoming sunlight will fall on the mirror and it will be reflecting throughout the room. This will enhance the general lighting in the room. Adjacent to Windows: If the mirror is placed adjacent to the window, the incoming light will fall on the mirror and mimic the window. This will create an artificial window effect. Your mirror will look like a secondary window increasing the overall brightness of the room. Add Task Lighting Don’t just settle with the overhead light or the generic tube light, instead look for task specific lighting options. Some of the task specific lighting options are study light, lighting for the mirror, table lamp, kitchen counter lighting, etc. These lights though...
4 Affordable Ways to Make the Most of your Balcony.

4 Affordable Ways to Make the Most of your Balcony.

We are well past ahead of the cold winter months and the summer has already started. Living without an air conditioner is this heat is almost impossible. If you are blessed with a balcony in your apartment then it’s time to make the best use of it. In this busy lifestyle, a family can spend time on the balcony during their early morning coffee hours or in the evening. We have come up with 4 ways with which you can decorate and make the most of your existing balcony in a compact budget. Coffee Place The best thing to do in your balcony is to have your morning sip of coffee reading newspapers. Look for affordable outdoor or even indoor chairs for this matter and pair it up with a small coffee table. Convert your empty balcony into a coffee room with natural air and lighting. Relax in the morning and enjoy your tea or coffee with your loved ones. If you have a bigger size balcony, maybe you can add an L-Shaped sofa too and invite your neighbors for a tea party too. If you have a smaller size balcony then opt for cozy chairs and make sure they are placed facing the open size and inside. Have a pleasant conversation and start your day with coffee. Garden It is impossible to think of a private garden if you are living in an apartment. If you are a plant lover and love doing gardening then balcony is the best place to start. You can place some hanging plants that run downwards or upwards or you can opt for...
5 Creative Ways to Keep your Home Smell Amazing

5 Creative Ways to Keep your Home Smell Amazing

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness” – We all have heard and also used this quote at least once in our lifetime. We all know the importance of living in a clean and a dust free home. We generally think cleanliness in a home is all about the appearance. This is partly true, but cleanliness also means living in a pleasant environment without any kind of foul smell. Interior decorators give a lot of significance to furniture and looks, but mostly avoid adding scent to your home. We will be looking at possible ways to keep your home smell fresh and amazing. There are a lot of affordable and creative products available in the market to add scent to your home. All these products aside, we will also discuss some home based hacks to add scent. Scented Products These are the basic products which you can find in most of the stores both offline and online. Some of them are an air freshener, room freshener, home diffuser, scented light bulbs, etc. Some of the latest entrants in this area include scented curtains, scented towels, etc. These are both easily available and also inexpensive. Home Based Hacks I am sure we all love the smell of lavender then why not make it work for us? Whenever you prefer to add some scent to your home, just simmer water in your pan and add some citrus slices along with Lavender. This slow boiling will release the smell of lavender gradually into the air and make your stay a pleasant one. You can also replace lavender with mint or any other scents herbs...
5 Effective Ways to Add Colour to your Home

5 Effective Ways to Add Colour to your Home

Adding colours to your life is very important. Each and every colour has got its own set of properties and their effects on human beings. We take great care in selecting the best colour for painting the house. Once that is done, we don’t give much importance to colour in our homes. There are a lot of things which are present in our homes which can be decorated with bright and warm colours to make your home more appealing and pleasant to the eyes. We will look at some of the options by which one can add colours to the home. Wallpapers This is easily the best and affordable choice for decorating your walls and also to add colour to your existing home. This does not require any additional construction or modification. You just need to buy the wallpapers that fit your wall size and paste it. They come in wide variety of colours and designs. If you select the wallpaper colour based on your paint and curtains, it will make your living room look splendid. Furniture The major part of the living room will be occupied by your furniture. Furniture like Sofa Set, coffee table, chairs, wall cabinets, etc makes up the living room in most households. You can change the upholstery in your sofas to match the colour of your home. Another creative way to add colour to furniture is by adding a colourful tablecloth to the dining table. This will make your dining experience colourful too. Curtains The great thing about curtains is that they are multipurpose. They prevent sunlight from entering the house, reduce dust...