Part of being in the air conditioning repair business in Gainesville is a simple realization. Our summers get hot. Not just mildly warm, but brutally unpleasant. So much so that it can actually put you in the hospital, or worse. In fact, according to an article in The Gainesville Sun, medical personnel report at least a couple of heat-related ailments taking place every week.
So we know the heat is bad news. But what if money is tight, and you can’t afford to run the air conditioning all day? Does that mean you have to resign yourself to roasting throughout the day? Not necessarily. As a matter of fact, there are a number of things you can do to beat the heat without jacking up your energy costs. Read on for a few easy tips to cool down when the temperature goes up.
- Instead of active cooling with your air conditioning, take steps to utilize passive cooling. Shut curtains depending on the time of day to block out the sunshine. Open the windows on the opposite side of your home to let hot air escape. Turn lights off as much as possible to prevent them from creating heat energy. At night, open up as many windows as you can, safely, to let cool air circulate through the home.
- Fans do use electricity, but nowhere near as much as your air conditioning system. While fans won’t do much to drop the temperature, the air will move around and help to evaporate the sweat forming on our skin. Try turning on ceiling fans in rooms that you’re spending time in. Floor fans should be turned on to create a pleasant breeze throughout your home.
- If you feel like you’re beginning to overheat, take a cool shower. By going under the water, your body receives immediate cooling effects. Better yet is the fact that the effects will stick around even while the water gradually evaporates from your body. If you start to heat up, just get back into the shower, even if it’s only for a few seconds. Plus, if you keep your shower time short, you never need to worry about your water bill going up.
- We know how rotten it is to try and sleep during a hot and muggy night. While you probably don’t like the idea of putting any covers on yourself, get a thin sheet and get it slightly damp. The moisture, along with air circulating in the room from a fan, will help you to cool down and comfortably fall asleep.
- It can become stifling and uncomfortable if you’re stuck indoors. If your schedule allows, get out of the house completely. Either spend some time in a shaded park or take a dip in a local pool. If you do spend time outside, make sure to apply lots of sunscreen.
- Finally, wherever you are, it’s very important you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, try to avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine, and spray yourself periodically with a spray bottle filled with water.