Staying cool during summer doesn’t always mean blasting the air conditioning continuously. There are smart and fun ways to beat the heat without racking up the energy bill.
1. Schedule an AC Tune-Up
The last thing you want during summer is for your AC to break down. Schedule an AC tune-up to ensure your system is working efficiently.
This also can help improve your indoor air quality this summer.
2. Use Ceiling and Stand-alone Fans
Instead of racking up the energy bill, use a fan. Fans can often make a room 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
Make sure your ceiling fans are also set to spin counter-clockwise during this summer, to help push cool air down to the floor.
3. Cook Outside
Summer is a time for barbecues, so fire up the grill and throw on some hotdogs and hamburgers.
Cooking outside vs. inside can make a difference in your indoor temperatures. The rising temperatures when using your oven can bring extra heat into the house. This is the same for laundry machines, the dishwasher, or the stove.
Try to limit these activities to cooler times of the day, like in the evening, to prevent unnecessary heat in your home.
4. Install Sun Blocking Shades
We could all use some cool sunglasses, but our house may need them too. Consider installing sun blocking blinds or shades to help keep your home out of direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day.
5. Stay Hydrated
Always have water nearby, especially if you are working or playing outside. Staying hydrated is important to keep you and your family healthy.
Lack of water can cause dehydration and heatstroke. Avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, as both of these liquids tend to increase your body temperature, yes, even iced coffee and frappuccinos.
6. Enjoy Summer
Although it may be hot, enjoy summer and all the fun activities that come with it.
Jump into the cool pool water and take a dip, going for a quick swim is always a nice and fun way to cool off.
Or enjoy the tastiest way to beat the heat, by enjoying a summer treat like watermelon, ice cream, or a popsicle.
Homer Nine and Sons, Inc., are experts within the Beaver, Pennsylvania area and can provide top-notch assistance for all your HVAC needs. Call us at (724) 241-8698 for all your HVAC needs!