While cooling is the opposite to heating, they do share similar principles with house design:
1. You need to cool your house down
2. Keep your house cool
Cooling Your House Down
Using the principle of passive design is the best way to avoid heat in your house in the first place. Again, clever design of your home is essential, and other factors like shading play a role.
Ways to remove heat from your home include:
- Cross Ventilation
- Thermal Mass
Did you know that during summer you will most likely have a surplus of off grid solar power? If you have a large off grid system, you should have enough power to use an air-conditioner during the hottest part of the day. Of course, it’s best to chat with your off grid specialist as they take you through the process of going off grid.
Keeping Your House Cool
The above processes of thermal mass and insulation will also help with keeping your house cool. On top of that you can:
- Provide effective shade for any east or west facing windows, eg. shade trees outside and blinds inside
- Keep the east or west facing windows closed while the sun is out
- Strategically procrastinate on heat generating activities until the evening when it has cooled slightly, eg. cooking