While it is not yet officially summer on the calendar, the weather certainly has changed. Longer, hotter days are in full effect, and we can only assume that this will continue as the season progresses. 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. First Restoration Services wants all of our customers to have a safe and fun summer. For this reason, we are sharing ten helpful tips to keep you and your family cool.
How to Keep Your Cool This Summer
Heat is a natural byproduct of the season. 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 in the summer when the heat and humidity are soaring.
2. Mind Your Fans
Set your 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
Properly seal doors and windows to prevent heat from entering and cold air from escaping.
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.
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 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. 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 with air conditioning such as 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. First Restoration Services hopes you’re able to apply some of these tips to fully embrace the season.