How to Passively and Visually Cool Your Apartment
Arm your home for the heatwave now, and later, with these – literally – cool tips
Photo courtesy of WOHA / Patrick Bingham-Hall
Ideally glass should be double-glazed, well-shaded (by an exterior overhang) or recessed so that heat transfer to the interior is minimised. If it’s not, apply some tinted window film to keep out heat and glare, and help decrease the cooling load on your air-conditioner. Window films are also effective in preserving the colour of upholstery fabrics, wall or floor coverings.
In addition to keeping the sun out, blackout shades help to absorb the heat that your windows are emitting indoors.
Singapore is already lit with harsh, tropical sunlight, which you wouldn’t want to replicate indoors with artificial light. Check the colour temperature of the bulbs you are buying – warm white light ranges from 2,000-3,000 K (Kelvin), cool white is 3,100-4,500K and daylight 4,600-6,500K.
Warm colours such as red, orange and yellow aren’t called ‘warm’ for nothing – they are the colours of fire and the sun. Counter the heat with cool colours such as blue or grey. Light neutrals are also soothing.