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I’m sure many of you are relieved that the days will be getting longer and (hopefully) warmer. Did you know that what you plant in your garden can help you stay cool in the warmer months? Here is a collaborative post on how to let your garden keep you cool.
As the temperatures are starting to rise again, it’s now time to look for the best solutions to stop getting too hot this summer. The long winter might have left you longing for the glorious heat of the sun, but, there’s no fun in sitting in a warm home and sweating out entire puddles just so your body can avoid burning up. While fans and air condition systems might offer a cooling solution, they can make the air in your home feel dry, leading to headaches, sore throats, and even skin rashes. No, we’re not suggesting that you ditch the A/C unit for good. But maybe finding a health-friendly, natural solution to reduce the indoor heat can change your life this summer. Are you ready to let your garden cool you down when the sun is high in the sky?
The Wall of Green
If you’re using your garden to maximize your privacy at home, then you’ve probably noticed that using tall plants to shield your house from inquiring eyes has another benefit. Your wall of green can also reduce direct sunlight into your home. If used probably, you can ensure that your house receives plenty of light without suffering from the direct heat of a summer afternoon. Fast growing evergreen trees are green for this as they don’t take up too much space, let the air and the light through, but create a safety barrier from direct sunlight. You might also find that green and luxuriant bushes in the front yard can give your most exposed room the shadow they need to stay cool during the day.
Enjoy the Breeze Without Burning
If you have a conservatory or a large window bay that opens onto the garden, you probably want to make the most of the outdoor space during the summer to eat outside with your friends and family. Can there be anything more appealing than enjoying a family meal in your garden? But if you don’t want the meal to turn into the worst sunburn experience of your life, you need to look for a patio addition. You can visit this website to get some inspiration on the best way to add decking and patio installations to maximize the outdoors. You can even use climbers to make a vegetal camouflage decor for the wooden or metal structure.
Your Natural Air Con
If you’re looking to keep the indoor air cool, you want to consider adding potted plants to your main rooms. Indeed, the proper use of plants can decrease the air temperature by as much as 10 degrees and maintain the indoor humidity in your natural comfort zone. Aloe vera is one of those special plants that can both purify and cool the air, making it the perfect green companion in the living room. The areca palm tree acts as a natural humidifier, making it ideal for your hallway. The snake plant, or mother-in-law’s tongue, has been recommended by NASA to absorb a large number of toxins in your home. The plant also gives off oxygen at night, helping to cool out the house.
Your garden is, by far, a resourceful decor and comfort element in your home. From beautiful colors to fantastic properties, plants can improve your home life visibly, starting by keeping you cool in summer.
Have you used any of these ideas? If not, what are you going to plant to keep your indoor and surrounding space cool? I just bought an aloe vera plant that I keep on our balcony, but might bring it in once it really starts to heat up!