Summer has not yet begun and already some areas of the country are feeling the heat normally reserved for a mid-summer heat wave. While the warm air is a welcome change after the cold winter months, heat is only good in doses and you need to do what you can to keep your home and yourself cool this summer. Too much heat for you can lead to serious health problems and working your air conditioner units too hard can cause your electric bill to be bad for your health as well. Here are some ways to keep it cool this summer.
DO NOT Let the Sunshine In!
Whenever you see those home decorating shows they are always going on and on about how great it is to have all of this natural light, but what exactly is wrong with some light bulbs, huh? You actually want to keep the sun out of your home as much as possible during the day when it is really hot out, according to Real Simple. Install blinds that are white on the window side to deflect the sun away from your home and close your curtains, this can reduce the amount of heat coming into your home from the sun by as much as 45 percent.
Know When to Splash and When to Sit
The summer is full of fun outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy. On a hot summer day you can get out and go splash in the pool or head over to your favorite water park. A word of caution, however, is that you need to know when hot turns into too hot. Sometimes there is such a thing as being too hot outside, and although the sun may be shining it may be best to stay indoors, especially if you have children or elderly family members to think about—the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips for keeping these family members safe.
So what are you to do when it is too hot for fun in the sun? One idea is to just stay in your home (that is all shielded from the sun, as we discussed earlier) and have a movie day. You could also look for indoor activities that still get you out of the house such as indoor water parks, museums, and shopping malls.
Love Your AC
Your air conditioner units need some TLC now and again and the summertime is the best time to show your gratitude. After all, when does your AC work harder? Real Simple explains that you should be sure to either clean or replace the filters once a month during the summer months. Also, have the unit checked for leaks in the ducts because this can decrease the efficiency of the AC as much as 15 percent, and you don’t want that!
Keeping cool this summer both in your home and when you are outdoors will keep your energy costs down and keep you and your family happy and healthy.
Ashely is a new writer that loves the summer and writing about home improvements. To see more, check out her Twitter @ashelymarie1985.