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Posted by Transylvania County on July 27, 2022

 

1. Maintain Your Air Conditioning - Schedule regular maintenance for the HVAC.  Doing so can prevent a breakdown later 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.

Source:  First Restoration Services