The dripping sweat from our bodies can only mean one thing: Summer has officially arrived in Pakistan! With severe temperatures nationwide and critical heat waves, it is almost a challenge to keep ourselves and our home cool without turning on the AC. We had previously shared some cooking hacks to avoid the summer heat. And now, here’s how to keep your kitchen cool during summer and avoid overheating your home.
So, without further ado, let’s cool the kitchen!
Essential Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Cool During Summer
During hot summer months, cooking is not less than a challenge, especially when you have a large family to feed. The heat makes it all the tougher to stand in the kitchen and cook over a hot stove. So, here’s our compilation of the best tips to keep your kitchen from overheating:
- Use Kitchen Appliances for Cooking
- Cook Late at Night or Early in Morning
- Don’t Throw Away the Leftovers
- Install Exhaust Fans
- DIY Room Cooler
- Close the Shades
- Switch Unnecessary Lights Off
Use Kitchen Appliances for Cooking
So what if it’s 50-degrees centigrade outside – you still need to eat to live and fight the harshness of the weather. A great way to stop your kitchen from overheating during summer is to avoid using a stove and make use of all the kitchen appliances that have been eating dust in the corner. Take out the rice cooker, slow-cooker, electric oven, or toasters and make the most of technology.
Cook Late at Night or Early in Morning
One of the best ways to avoid overheating your kitchen is to avoid cooking during mid-day. Since the temperature in most of Pakistan rises in or during noontime, we recommend cooking either late at night or early in the morning when the temperature is comparatively normal.
Don’t Throw Away the Leftovers
This one is self-explanatory. The best way to avoid overheating the kitchen during summer is to make use of leftover food. Technically, you will not have to cook if you already have food stored in your fridge. At this point, we’d recommend that you deliberately cook more than needed, so you can use it the next day.
Install Exhaust Fans
As a part of our kitchen cooling solutions, we’d suggest you install exhaust fans inside your kitchen. Let’s be honest here; the villain in summer is not just the rising temperature – it’s the trapped heat and stagnation. You can easily get the stored hot air moving in your kitchen by installing an exhaust fan. Get either a kitchen exhaust or an exhaust fan that can throw the hot air out and bring in some cool air.
DIY Room Cooler
We understand that installing a room cooler or air-conditioner might not be ideal for some of us, especially considering the utility bills. However, you can make your personal air cooler using just a table fan, a few water bottles, and some ice. For your convenience, we have shared a step-by-step guide for a homemade room cooler in one of our recent posts.
Close the Shades
One of the best tips to keep your kitchen cool during summer is to stop the sunlight from escaping in the house. Excessive sunlight can drastically change the temperature inside your house and overheat your kitchen. If you are cooking during the day, it is best to keep the shades down and avoid sunlight as much as you can. On the other hand, if you are using your kitchen as the main source of natural light or have kitchen plants that need sunlight – it is best to keep the shades slightly drawn or relocate the plants.
No shades or window blinds in your kitchen? Check out our post, where we have shared an easy guide for installing window blinds in your house.
Switch Unnecessary Lights Off
Just like sunlight, the lights in your house can also overheat your kitchen. To keep everything in your kitchen relatively cool, it is best to minimise the lights and only use the ones you really need. Trust us, you will be surprised at how drastically the temperature inside your kitchen drops only by turning off unnecessary lights. Not to mention, if you can manage with a few lights, you’ll ultimately save some money on electricity bills.
So, this brings us to the end of our post. We have shared some tips to keep your kitchen cool during summer. We have also discussed some amazing ideas for keeping your cool during hot weather. We hope that these tips will help you when you need it the most. Before we sing-off, we’d like to mention a few things.
Always remember that summer heat cannot harm you until or unless you are well-fed and hydrated. It might not sound like an ideal thing, but staying hydrated can dramatically change the way you feel about summer. It is best to add some sea salt and lemon to your drinks for electrolytes or drink fresh and cold juices to keep yourself refreshed.
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