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Keeping cool in the tropics

Keeping cool in summer is challenging, especially in tropical areas. Because of the high humidity, the natural process of sweating is inhibited, so maximising air movement through the house is the key to cooling. Natural ventilation is much cheaper than flicking on the air conditioner.

An open window letting the breeze cool a room


Learn where breezes come from during the day and open up windows to make the most of the flow. See if you can open up at least two or three windows in every room to maximise flow — both to outside and other internal rooms. If you have double-hung windows, open the top and bottom. Ceiling fans will also assist air movement.