If you don't have access to central air conditioning in your home, you may struggle when summer arrives and the temperatures heat up. However, there are still ways you can cool off and find some relief. Here are some tips for handling summer heat.
One of the most important things you need to do is stay hydrated. Make sure everyone in your family, including your pets, has access to water. You will likely be sweating a lot whether you are inside or outside your home and will start to lose fluids. You need to replace that fluid by drinking plenty of water. If you have dark or bright coloured urine, it's a sign that you are dehydrated and need to increase your water intake. Also make sure your pets have access to cool water. Put the water in stainless steel bowls to keep it cool and replace it as needed. You can also remain hydrated by drinking fruit juice and avoiding alcoholic beverages.
Reduce Sources of Heat Indoors
While you might not have a central air conditioning system, that doesn't mean there aren't ways to cool off inside. Start by getting rid of all extra sources of heat. For example, keep as many lights and electronics turned off as possible. Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs. Don't leave any electronics or appliances running without being used since that can create more heat in the home. You should also try to eat meals that don't require turning the oven or stove on, such as sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, salads, and cold cuts.
Take Advantage of Cool Times of the Day
You might think have having fans on in your home during the day will help to cool off your home, but it only blows hot air around. A better thing to do is have your fans on when it is cool out and you can open your windows. This allows you to circulate cool air in the home. As soon as it gets hot, close the windows and keep the fans on. This should help blow around some of the cooler air you let in your home.
Have an Air Conditioner Installed
To have cool air in your home, you don't necessarily need a ducted system through central air. You can get a split-system air conditioner that is affordable and easy to install. It contains two units, including one on the inside of your home and one on the outside. With split-system air conditioning, you are able to cool off certain parts of your home without having to install a duct system.Share
26 April 2016
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