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Building Your Home to Keep You Cooler
PostedbySuper UseronMonday, 24 March 2014in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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There are two official weather seasons here in the Caribbean – the dry season and the rainy season – and during both of these periods it can become a bit warm, to say the least. The months November to February are, generally, a little cooler than the others…especially at night.
Many folks opt for air conditioning in their homes and offices, and although this may help solve one problem – the heat – it often brings about others, namely, poor quality air and allergies … and seriously, what’s the point in leaving temperate climates to come down here and then hide away from the weather altogether?
When designing your new home, you can do so in such a way that you and your family will be cool and comfortable throughout the entire year. There are many ways in which your architect, interior designer and landscaper can collaborate to guarantee style, class and luxury and yet maintain comfort. Villa, beach house, bungalow, country house, condominium or townhouse, it does not matter once some thought is put into the planning.
Architectural design
Some homes are naturally cooler than others. Open plan houses with high rafters, allow for the circulation of air, as there are few interior walls to obstruct it. Louvred shutters let air in even when the windows are closed, are visibly appealing and protect from hurricane gales.
The more windows and doors there are, the cooler you will be when they are open. French doors are particularly cool and attractive. Patios and decks lend themselves to an outdoor lifestyle which, in itself, is much cooler than being indoors all the time.
Soft Furnishings
The right fabric can make a huge difference. Linens and cotton are known to be very cool, as are white, cream and pastel and other light colours. Using blinds instead of drapes, where possible, will admit more air into rooms.
Hammocks and swings
What could be cooler than relaxing on hammocks and swings on your patio?
Ceiling fans for all the rooms and extractor fans for the kitchen and bathrooms are recommended.
Gardens, lawns, ponds, waterfalls and hedges all help to keep the atmosphere cool and are environmentally friendly.
Swimming pools and plunge pools are perfect when it comes to beating the heat during the day and relaxing at night.
With the right plan and the right team, living in the Caribbean can be a ‘breeze’. Enjoy it!

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