While summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy quality time outdoors, eventually the heat can become too much to bear, leaving you with no choice but to bunker down and get cool indoors.
Switching on the A/C is often the first line of defence against extreme heat. However, running these appliances for a long period of time can cause your electricity bills to skyrocket, and contribute to rising greenhouse gases.
Worse still, not everyone has access to air conditioning or similar appliances, leaving them with no choice but to try other heat-beating measures.
Fortunately, there are many effective and affordable ways to keep cool this summer. Here are some of the best of the bunch.
1. Close your blinds and windows during the day
Keeping your blinds and windows closed will help reduce heat from being transferred to indoors while also keeping out the hot air.
2. Open your windows on cooler nights
Likewise, once the temperature drops in the evening, be sure to open as many windows as possible indoors. This will allow any hot air inside to escape yet also let the cool air from outside come in as well.
3. Set your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise
Did you know most ceiling fans can rotate in both directions, and the direction of the blades has a major impact on how it keeps you cool in summer?
During summer, it’s a good idea to set the blades to rotate counter-clockwise. This forces the blades to push the room air down and give you a gentle chill effect to make you feel cooler.
Meanwhile, in winter, it’s a good idea to have the blades rotate clockwise. This gently draws the room air up towards the ceiling, which forces the warm air down and out towards the wall.
4. Wear light cotton clothing
Stick to wearing light, loose, and breathable clothing so that you can enjoy maximum airflow and help reduce sweating. The less fabric touching your body, this will help keep you cooler in summer.
On top of this, try to wear as much cotton material as possible, as it’s more breathable than polyester, rayon, and other synthetic materials.
5. Drink plenty of water
The risk of dehydration increases significantly during summer. Why? Because you naturally deplete more water and electrolytes due to sweating than you do during the cooler months.
To avoid the risk of dehydration, keep a bottle of water handy on you at all times. Even if you don’t feel particularly thirsty, be sure to drink regular amounts of water during the day, especially after intense workout sessions.
6. Create your own makeshift ‘air conditioner’
You’ve probably read about this trick before. Get a standard pedestal fan, place it in front of you, and place a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan. When the fan is on, the air will transfer through the ice, and then produce a cool, gentle mist that’ll help you stay cool and comfortable.
While not as effective as a real air conditioner, it’s a cost-effective way to beat the heat, especially if you plan to stay in one spot for a few hours.
7. Seal all door and window gaps
Air leakage is a common cause of extreme heat and cold indoors. Even the smallest gaps, be it between gaps in the door frame and floor, cracks in the window frame, or even gaps found between electrical outlets – can all contribute to outside air being transferred to indoors.
Carry out a visual inspection of your house in order to identify potential air leaks. Some leaks may be easily resolved by purchasing a few door snakes, installing weather strips, or caulking up gaps.
More complex sources of air leaks may require modifications to the building itself so as to resolve structural integrity issues.
8. Have your current air conditioner regularly serviced
Regular maintenance is vital to having a properly running air conditioner. Not only will it help keep you cooler in summer, but can also help reduce energy costs, provide a longer lifespan, and produce higher quality air into your home.
In fact, routine air conditioner maintenance can help ensure your unit will maintain up to 95 percent of its original efficiency.[i]
Ideally, you should have your air conditioner serviced at least once per year. To avoid the risk of being left to your own devices in summer, have your air conditioner serviced before summer comes around.
This way, if any outstanding issues are identified, they can be resolved sooner – without you having to go without cooling during warmer weather.
9. Invest in a new air conditioner
Whether you need to replace your current air conditioner, or you don’t have one at all, investing in a new air conditioner will help make summertime a lot easier to manage.
Of course, there are many types of air conditioners to choose from. The model you pick will have a significant impact on its overall cooling efficiency, ongoing running costs, and required level of maintenance.
Below are some of the most common types of air conditioning units:
- Reverse cycle air conditioning: These are wall-mounted units designed to cool a central living space, and any associated rooms the unit can reach. By far the best benefit to a reverse cycle air conditioner is the ability to produce both hot and cool air, thus helping you stay comfortable indoors all year round.
- Ducted air conditioning: Through a combination of ceiling vents and ducted systems spread throughout the entire premise, ducted air conditioning is designed to circulate cool air to multiple rooms in one house, enabling all tenants to be comfortable wherever they are located.
- Multi zone air conditioning: By installing one outdoor unit outside, you can connect multiple indoor units to the one central unit in order to efficiently cool the entire house. This gives you the flexibility to invest as little or as much as you want in multi zone air conditioning, allowing you to tailor it to your needs and budget.
To help you choose the right model for your home, consult your local electrician. They can evaluate your floorplan, offer advice on how to keep cool in summer, and determine the best kind of cooling solution to suit your needs and budget.
Best of all? An electrician can supply and install your new air conditioner for you, thus saving you time and hassle. And they can provide ongoing maintenance to ensure that your air conditioner provides a lifetime of joy and comfort.
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