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7 tips for cross ventilation in Indian homes


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Nothing can be more rejuvenating than a breadth of fresh air. Now imagine using wind which is natural, free, healthy and refreshing to regulate the heat of your home and making it free from ‘stale’ air. The country homes still have the access to fresh air with windows and doors build adjacent or opposite to assist in cross ventilation. However, in modern homes which are small and cramped up, the challenge is to make it well- ventilated. Cross ventilation is not just to get fresh air inside the home. It is also to ensure healthy, environment friendly and comfortable interior by minimizing energy consumption at minimal cost.

Have a look at these 7 simple tips to bring home freshness by creating efficient cross ventilation.

​1. Light from the sky

The main purpose of having a skylight is to bring in sufficient sunlight into the room even when the doors and windows are closed. Though named skylight, it can also be customised and designed to bring in fresh air along with lights to drench the room in freshness from above. Make arrangement so that it can be opened when needed. The greatest benefit of skylight is that you can get an uninterrupted view of stars in clear nights. Enjoy the view!

​2. A wall called door

Replace the concrete wall with sliding glass doors. It will enhance the ambiance of the living room. When open, it will fill the home with fresh energy and air. If there is a garden outside then it will be a bonus. Of course with strong protective boundary walls and exterior gate, this idea will bring in immense freshness. It will also stylishly connect the interior to the exterior of the house.

​3. Privacy secured




The modern apartments where privacy is a major concern among the residents, the shuttered window is a boon. The opening of the shutter will keep the home ventilated. Apart from maintaining your privacy, it will also protect your home from unwanted guest like pigeons and other pests.

​4. Double doors

Doors are for safety and protection of our house and it cannot be left open the whole day. But it is also a way to bring in fresh air into our home. Go for strong wooden double doors. Select the inner door in solid wood. However, choose the outer one with sufficient opening in it or opt for shutter door. For ventilation just close the outer door and let freshness sweep your home.

​5. Strong and sturdy

Independent Villa - Pune:  Bedroom by DECOR DREAMS

Independent Villa—Pune


In contemporary world we cannot ignore the security issue. However, there is a solution for every problem. Cover the window of your home with strong and sturdy iron grills for protection. Now you can leave the windows open whole day and night without any tension.

​6. Net on the doors

Apartment Interiors:  Roof by M/s GENESIS

Apartment Interiors


Believe it or not, we Indians avoid opening our windows and prefer to keep the air-conditioning running. It’s not that we don’t like fresh air or cut down on our electricity bills. We do it to protect our home and family from insects and mosquitoes. Isn’t it? Fix nets or mess on the doors and windows. It will protect your home without obstructing beautiful views from the balcony. What about cross ventilation? Try it to find out. Small mess cannot stop the path of freshness of the air.

​7. Cross ventilation through small window

rest room:  Bathroom by Team Kraft
Team Kraft

rest room

Team Kraft

When all we can have is just a small window, then cross ventilation becomes a major concern, especially in small bathrooms. The trick is in selecting the right style of window, like it is done here. The door of the window when open, it will horizontally divide the window in two parts. It will create a path for free movement of air. Hot air will leave the room from upper portion since warm air has the tendency to move up and cool air will rush to fill the empty space from the lower opening. Remember the science lessons? There will be sufficient supply of fresh air even through the small vent.

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Did you find these ideas useful for your home? We are waiting to hear from you.
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