10 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Longer, hotter days are in full effect, and seem to be getting hotter every year. Your first inclination may be to turn on the air conditioning and fans to circulate the air, or even stand in front of the refrigerator. But, we have some additional tips to keep you and your family cool. We wants all of our community members to have a safe and fun summer!

How to Keep Cool This Summer

Heat is a natural consequence of summer. Although we can’t turn down the thermostat outside, there are several ways to prevent overheating.

1. Maintain Your Air Conditioning

Schedule regular maintenance for the air conditioner. Doing so can prevent a breakdown later on when the heat and humidity are soaring. 78°F is generally considered comfortable for most people when they’re at home. This temperature strikes a balance between keeping you cool and minimizing energy consumption. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can schedule temperature changes throughout the day. For example, you can have the AC set to a slightly higher temperature when you’re at work and then cool down the house before you return.

2. Mind Your Ceiling Fans

Running ceiling fans in the summer, especially in conjunction with your air conditioning system, can be a smart way to enhance comfort and potentially reduce energy costs. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. This helps circulate the colder air, and the counterclockwise orientation prevents warmer air that collects at the ceiling from being pulled down to your level. You can even place a large bowl of ice in front of the fan to provide extra cooling.

3. Insulation is Everything

One of the most important areas to insulate is your attic. Heat tends to rise, and a well-insulated attic can prevent excessive heat from entering your living spaces. Properly seal doors and windows to prevent heat from entering and cold air from escaping. Proper attic ventilation is essential to prevent the buildup of heat and moisture. A well-ventilated attic can help dissipate excess heat and protect your roof structure.

4. Cover Windows

Did you know that up to 20% of heat coming into your home enters as a result of direct sunlight coming through the windows? Cover windows with shades and curtains to keep the mercury down inside. Blackout curtains are a great option for ensuring that the rays don’t sneak through. Planting trees and large shrubs nearby can also help cool the house.

5. Close Off Unused Rooms

Do you have a guest bedroom, room above the garage, or other area that is not frequented by your family? If so, close the doors to these rooms, shut off the vents, and place a towel at the crack of the door. This circulates the cool air in the main areas of the home so you don’t have to pay to cool unused rooms.

6. Power Down Appliances

Power down and unplug desktop computers and appliances that you don’t often use. This not only keeps you cool, it will also reduce the energy bill. You can invest in a power strip to allow for quick shutoff for multiple gadgets.

7. Practice Smart Energy Consumption Practices

For the appliances you must use, practice smart consumption. Avoid using the oven or other appliances in the heat of the day. Instead, use the microwave or grill outside. Cook in the early morning or late evening. Do your laundry at night after sundown. Line dry your clothes with the heat from the sun.

8. Change Out Bulbs

Check your bulbs. You should you turn off lights that are not in use as the bulbs generate heat. You could also opt for LED bulbs that consume less energy and generate less heat.

9. Don’t Sweat Your Sleep

Change out sheets for cotton and other breathable materials. Stash your down comforter away for the summer. If it is cool enough, open the windows at night and turn off the air conditioning to give it a break.

10. Keep Your Own Cool

Wear lightweight clothes. Hydrate frequently throughout the day. Avoid spicy foods in the heat. Eat lightly, particularly high-water content fruits and vegetables. If you feel overheated, place a cold compress on your forehead. When you leave the house, plan activities such as going to the pool or indoor activities with air conditioning such as going to the library or seeing a movie.

Stay Safe & Have Fun This Summer

Summer is a time to enjoy. We understand that the heat can make this task difficult at times though. We hope these tips will help you to fully embrace the season.

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