Summer is here and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Whether you’re indoors or outside, staying cool is as important to your health as it is to your comfort. Follow these 10 easy steps to stay cool during those long summer days.
Tips for Keeping Cool:
- Stay out of the sun. Exposure to direct sunlight for extended periods of time can be dangerous in high temperatures. Whenever possible, stay inside during the hottest hours of the day, between 1-3pm. When you are outside, stay in the shade! Shaded areas are usually between 10-15 degrees cooler than direct sunlight.
- Stay hydrated to keep your body temperature regulated. If you’re outside in the heat, sip cool water every 15 minutes with the aim of drinking about a gallon of water every day. Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol, which can actually dehydrate you even more.
- Dress in loose, lightweight clothing to stay cool. Lighter colors will reflect the light and keep the heat away, and breathable fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen will stay cool no matter what.
- Cool your home at night. Take advantage of the cooler nighttime air by opening windows just before you go to bed. Be sure to remember to close them in the morning before it heats up!
- Keep your blinds closed during the day to block out the sunlight that will heat up your home. This will also help to keep the cool air from your air conditioner from leaking outside, which will help you to save money on your monthly HVAC bill. You can also invest in blackout curtains to maximize these benefits.
- Maintain your HVAC system twice per year to get the most out of your unit and save money on your monthly heating and cooling costs. Learn how Cook’s Heating & Cooling can keep your HVAC unit performing at its best.
- Avoid using your oven or stove as much as possible. These appliances will push all of that heat they produce into your home. Thankfully that’s just an excuse to make use of your grill this summer!
- Close off unused rooms during the day to increase the efficiency of your air conditioning and prevent the cool air from escaping your home.
- Use a fan to maintain a steady flow of air throughout your home. If you don’t have an air conditioner, try this trick: fill a medium-sized mixing bowl with ice and place it in front of your fan. The airflow from the fan will push the cold air from the ice and cool the room!
- Keep a low profile. Heat rises, pushing cooler air to the floor of your home. If it’s too hot to sleep in your bed, try sleeping on the couch. You can even pull your mattress to the floor. The temperature closer to the floor can be as much as 5 degrees cooler, which can make all the difference.