Well, the summer is here, and the rising heat can make many of us feel uncomfortable. When it’s particularly hot and humid, the hotter days seem to last forever, and it can be hard to get any relief. It’s vital at these times to stay hydrated and find ways to stay cooler. Here are five top tips to help you to keep cool during these hotter months without breaking the bank.
- Keep the Air Conditioning On
This may seem strange, but keeping the air conditioning on when you’re not at home is a great way to keep things cool for your return. Raise the temperature to at least 78° and your system will provide you will welcome relief on your arrival home. If you can, invest in a smart thermometer so that you can operate the system and monitor it using an app on your smartphone. Also, it’s a good idea to draw the curtains and close the blinds to block out the UV rays from the sun that will heat up the rooms in your home.
- Try to Cook Smarter
Baking a tray of cookies in the oven can raise the temperature in your home by around 10°, and in summer you can really feel the difference. Try to avoid using the stove or oven during the day and instead use the grill or a crockpot. If you can, cook in the evening when it’s cooler, and this will help to keep your house cooler.
- Don’t Forget to Use Fans
Many people are over reliant on their AC systems to keep them cool on hotter days. Even a comprehensive air conditioning system could struggle to cool your home on a hot day. A fan will not make your home cooler, but it will help to circulate the treated air throughout your home. This will make you feel cooler for a nominal cost and help you to get the most out of your AC system.
- Take Colder Showers
When the heat rises outside some relief can be found in taking colder showers. Washing in colder water can be problematic, so wash in warm water and then switch over to colder water to rinse off. This will help you to feel more refreshed, give you some relief from the summer heat and save some money on water heating at the same time.
- Pools and Sprinklers
For obvious reasons, summer is the time most associated with extra water usage in most homes. A pair of common culprits are filling pools or turning on sprinklers to water the yard. In fact, quite a lot of water can be wasted if you have a hose bib or outdoor faucet that is leaking
. This may be overlooked as these outdoor water features are not used often during other times of the year. If you have an outdoor water leak get it fixed quickly to minimize the amount of water wasted.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.