Summer is the season of fun. Children look forward to their summer breaks from school and families often plan summer vacations, as the warm weather makes it possible to spend time outdoors.
Summer also delivers heat waves, making it challenging to perform outdoor tasks like mowing the lawn. Soaring temperatures also affect people inside their homes, causing discomfort and making it hard to sleep. In extreme cases, people may suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Regulating your home’s temperature ensures your comfort and safety. Use these tips to keep your house cool during the summer months.
Make sure your air conditioner’s working.
Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system controls your home’s air quality and internal temperature. There are return vents in the rooms in your house, and the HVAC unit draws air in through those return vents. The air goes through a filter, which extracts pollutants and prevents them from recirculating throughout your home. The air’s pushed over the evaporator coil, which absorbs the heat from the air. Heat is converted to gas and expelled from your home while the cooled air is sent back through the ducts to the supply vents.
Your air conditioner’s your best defense against high temperatures in your home. Contact your heating and cooling experts and schedule system maintenance in the spring. Your HVAC company’s licensed HVAC technicians will inspect your system and replace the filter and clean the ducts, removing any built-up allergens and toxins from your system. The technicians will also fix any worn parts or replace damaged parts. Spring maintenance is an effective way to ensure your system is operating correctly and prevent mechanical issues when you need it most.
Wear light clothes.
Your clothes can significantly impact how warm you feel, and you won’t feel cool if you’re wearing thick sweaters and cords during the summer. Wearing comfortable petite jeggings is an excellent way to prevent yourself from overheating. Jeggings come in black or denim, and you can opt for jeggings with embroidered designs, so you have plenty of options to consider. Jeggings are versatile and easy to pair with other items in your closet, including comfortable tees, blouses, or tunics. You can supplement your jeggings with shorts and light dresses to stay cool all summer long.
When choosing outfits during the summer, avoid dark colors such as black or navy blue. These colors absorb heat from the sun, while light colors reflect the light. Consequently, you’ll heat up quickly if you’re wearing darker colors and stay cooler longer if you’re wearing light colors. The sun’s rays can reach you indoors through your windows, so choosing light clothing colors can help keep you cool even when you plan to stay inside.
Block out the heat.
High indoor temperatures can cause heatstroke, so install blackout curtains to keep sunlight from entering your home. Alternatively, hang blinds and colored curtains with a white backing, reflecting the sunlight and keeping the heat outdoors. You’ll also reduce the amount of heat inside if you insulate your doors to prevent air from slipping under the gaps beneath the doors. You can also control air temperatures inside if you close the doors to any rooms you aren’t using throughout the day.
Avoid using your oven.
Using your oven generates heat indoors, but you can avoid this with a suitable summer menu. Focus on eating foods you don’t have to cook, such as salads. Cook meat and vegetables on your barbecue instead of cooking foods indoors. If you don’t have a barbecue, consider using a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers cook foods quickly and without heating your home.
Keeping your home cool in the summer ensures your comfort and prevents heat-related illnesses like heatstroke. Maintaining your HVAC unit keeps your home cool. You can also wear light clothes, install blackout curtains, and avoid using your oven to control your home’s temperatures this summer.