Wednesday, June 11, 2014 / by Nicole Solari
Keeping Cool During Summer
Like many of us in Solano County, rising temperatures can be not only a blessing but also a curse. If you are blessed enough to have a HVAC system in your home then you may not be aware of the struggle to keep cool during the hot summer months. For those of your without an AC (or those of you who are cheap like me and keep the thermostat up) here are a few simple helpful tips can make the summer months much more bearable.
Use Fans Strategically
As many know fans can provide a huge relief from hot summer days. Always make sure your ceiling fan is rotating in the correct direction as to direct airflow downwards, instead of upwards. Placing stand-alone fans directly on you from any distance will also be sure to lower your body temperature
Eat Cold Meals
Eating cold meal and drinking cold drinks can also help to lower your body temperature. Also refraining from cooking in the oven, or on the stove can greatly assist in keeping your house cool.
Shut Off The Lights
Many people don’t realize how much heat lighting can produce although modern LED lighting produces little heat; incandescent bulbs can produce as much heat at light. Also turning off all electronic devices that are not in use can reduce heat as they produce heat when on, as well.
Plant Trees Strategically
A major reason houses heat up is because of the sun beating down on them for 12 hours a day. Planting deciduous trees strategically in the east and west can provide shade for your home that will significantly reduce heat. Planting trees, or shrubs around area of high heat admittance, such as driveways and walkways will also reduce heat from radiating from those areas.