There’s only so much time you can spend in air-conditioned comfort. Every now and then, or perhaps multiple times a day, you’ve got to rough it. Go out in the heat. Cut the grass. Take Fido for a walk. Go grocery shopping – among life’s many other chores and activities.
So, that begs the question: is it all or nothing when it comes to keeping cool? Air conditioning or abject misery? And what if you don’t have central air conditioning? Here are some helpful tips to help keep you cool, indoors and out.
Drink Plenty of Water
Increasing your water intake is a great way to reduce your body’s core temperature. Cool foods like fruits and vegetables help, too.
Keep the Fans Running
Table or floor fans don’t cool you off in the same way as your AC system. Instead, they keep air moving over your skin. That helps sweat evaporate, thus cooling you off. Running a fan or two is a great way to beef up indoor comfort in rooms that may not be getting as much cool from your central AC system.
Try a Whole-house Fan
This is a great way to take some pressure off your central AC system without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. At night, once the outdoor temperature is at or below the temp indoors, shut off the AC system, throw open the windows, and let your whole-house fan take over.
Open and Shut Case
During the day keep your window treatments closed, especially over windows that receive direct sunlight. That helps keep heat out which minimizes the amount of wear and tear your AC system undergoes.
Let it Flow
Before heading outdoors, clothe yourself in loose-fitting natural fibers, like cotton and linen, to allow air to flow across your body.
It’s a mistake to think a baseball cap will keep your head cool. In the winter, for example, you wear a hat to prevent heat from escaping your body. In the summer, you want the air to escape. So, if you must wear a hat, make it straw.
Let’s say you do have central air but it’s just not keeping you cool the way it once did. That’s the time to contact Air Professionals so we can troubleshoot your system to determine what’s holding it back. Is it general wear and tear? A clogged filter? A leak or crack in your air ducts? Whatever it is, we’ll diagnose the cause and provide you with a guaranteed price quote to get it fixed.