The Heat is On

We have been having scorching hot weather in this part of the world these past few days. After the very long winter, now comes the heat.   It is the 3rd week now where temperatures had been at 30C++.  Although it is not unusual to get this high temperature, I have been told that having it linger for 3 weeks is quite unusual.

Thankfully, our passive house has kept us comfortable despite the soaring heat. Even without AC, we have managed to avoid overheating by scheduling our activities to conform with nature. For instance, I schedule all my cooking at night time when temperatures are normally low.   At dawn, when the temperature is at 10-17C, we increase the ventilation and open the windows to quickly let the cold air in.  During the day, we normally get 30+ temperatures, so we have all the blinds closed.  Although one of the features I love of this house is an abundance of natural light, no sunlight means minimal heat accumulation, so it will do for now.   The thick insulation is enough to preserve the coldness that was trapped at dawn.  The only drawback is that we, (mainly my husband) has to wake up early just to open the windows and quicky let the cold air in.  But this is very minimal considering the comfort that it brings.

To give you an idea of how it is ventilated, here is a short video about the ventilation system in a passive house.

So there you go, a passive house is not only good in winter but in summer as well.   I am sharing this with you so that if you ever think of building your own home, the passive house is the way to go.  It is good for the environment, good for your pocket and good in any weather!

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7 thoughts on “The Heat is On

  1. 68ghia August 1, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Our summer temperatures are usually in that region as a matter of course. Then again, our winters are not quite as cold as yours, so I suppose it’s to be expected.
    As for the passive house, I’ll probably never get to build something like that. For me to get up early in the morning to open windows – I don’t think so 😉
    I’d rather leave them open the whole night and the whole day – nature must do it’s own thing 🙂
    Enjoy the bit of heat Grace – only a matter of time before it’s freezing again and then you’ll miss it I’m sure!

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    • Grace August 3, 2013 / 10:13 pm

      You’re right. I should appreciate the heat before I start missing it. It’s just a little difficult to deal with it because of the pregnancy. 🙂

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  2. Nortehanon August 3, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Here it is raining heavily and we are dreading the coming of some more typhoons 😦 After reading your post, I am wishing it is summer again in Pinas.

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    • Grace August 3, 2013 / 10:11 pm

      Yeah, I know how typhoons can be really cruel over there. Stay dry!

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  3. Paprika Furstenburg August 3, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Fascinating. Thanks for including the video. I had no idea what a passive house was, but the video really helped me to understand how it works.

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