When the temperature rises, the first thing you want to do is crank up the air conditioning. However, if you’re looking to save some money on your next energy bill (or you prefer to tackle the heat au natural), check out Warner Service’s tricks to keeping cool without the A/C:
- Use cotton, light-colored bedding and clothes to promote ventilation, but ditch the socks.
- Take cool showers after working out early in the morning or late at night.
- Be smart about your fans. If you have a window unit, face it toward the outside so it pushes hot air out of your room. If you have a ceiling fan, run the blades counter-clockwise.
- Create a makeshift air conditioner using a shallow pan or bowl full of ice. Place it in front of a fan, so the breeze picks up the cold water, creating a cool mist.
- Apply cold compresses to your pressure points at the wrist, neck, elbow, foot, ankle, and behind the knee.
- Invest in long-term improvements, like awnings, planted trees, insulated window films, and more, to shield your home from the sun. It’ll reduce the amount of heat your home absorbs, making your investments worthwhile.
- Turn on your exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. Exhaust fans pull hot air that rises out of your apartment.
- Open your windows at night to circulate naturally cool air in your home. During the day, beat the heat by keeping the windows shut and the blinds closed.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which promote dehydration. Instead, drink 8 ounces of water and electrolyte-infused beverages, especially before bed to stay hydrated throughout the night.
- Insulate your home. Insulation isn’t only good for keeping the heat in during the cold months. It’s made to keep the heat out during the summer, too.
- Sleep in the basement. Because heat rises, it’s best to get to the lowest point of your home for bedtime.
- Turn off the lights and don't use small electronics. Everything gives off heat, so take advantage of natural light and cooler meals as often as possible. It’ll also save you a few bucks on your next energy bill.
- Cook outside. While the weather is nice, break out the grill for your next few meals. This means less use of your stove and oven, which will make your home hotter.
- Close the doors to unused rooms. This will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day.
- Chill your sheets. You know the best temperature to get a good night’s sleep, but if you don’t want to lower the thermostat, place your folded sheets and pillowcases in a plastic bag. Put the bag in the freezer for a few hours, and then make up the bed for sweet, cool dreams.
From the bedroom to the kitchen to the basement, there are so many small tweaks that you can make around your home to keep cool without the air conditioner’s assistance.
If you decide to turn on your air conditioner this summer, contact Warner Service for a maintenance check-up. We’ll make sure everything is in tip-top shape before the heat index rises.