It's already starting to heat up in Arizona! This past weekend it has been in the high 80's and I'm definitely feeling the heat! Let's stay cool as the temperatures continue to warm up during the spring and summer. Enjoy this guest post:
The price of gas may be going down but electricity prices always seem to be on the rise. While you may like the idea of spending all summer long floating in the lake -- who wouldn't? -- unfortunately there are always errands to run and home chores to do that move us out of the cool water and into the heat of the day. But staying cool during the hot months is possible and doesn't need to cost you an arm or a leg if you plan ahead and follow these four tips!
1. Invest in an Efficient AC Cooling System
Did you know that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling?! This price increases if your AC cooling system is over 10 years old, so installing a good quality system can have a big effect on your utility bills. Whether you choose central cooling, a ductless AC system, or even a heat pump (yes, these systems cool things down as efficiently as warming them up!) having a professional upgrade to your old system will save you money, be greener for the planet and keep everyone in cool comfort this upcoming summer.
Not sure if your AC Cooling System is running efficiently? Check out the EPA home assessment test to see if you are due for an upgrade.
2. The Early Bird Catches the Worm
When the temperatures are soaring make like a bird and complete all of your outside jobs early in the day. Whether this is exercising, gardening or running errands, try to beat the heat by getting these commitments done before noon. You may be inclined to catch a few extra winks of sleep, but putting outside chores off until after work is not the best solution. Just because the sun is sinking doesn't mean the heat will too; consider that the pavement has been absorbing heat all day long and will continue to emanate that warmth for hours. Next time you are questioning the merits of a productive morning, visualize the cool glass of lemonade you can sip while putting your feet up after a busy day!
3. Stay Hydrated
We lose a lot of additional water through perspiration during the warmer months. Make sure that you and your family are hydrating adequately by drinking water, eating fresh fruit and vegetables or following great ideas to keep the kids slurping (read some excellent tips on Parents.com). If you have a habit of forgetting to drink throughout the day, try setting the alarm on your phone for 60 minute intervals and drink up when it sounds.
4. Redirect the Sun
Your house might feel like a summer temple with those big windows allowing the sunshine to pour through, but during a sweltering Northern summer the natural light isn't always your friend! Allow the morning sun to stream in and brighten up your day, but minimize ruining your cool sanctuary by blocking out the afternoon rays that can quickly overheat rooms, even those with an efficient AC cooling system. Keep the sun outside where it belongs by lowering your blinds between noon and 4pm.