Each winter, we look out towards the snowy and icy road, wondering when summer will be back to warm our skin and garden. When suddenly summer arrives, we don’t know how to cope with the high temperatures, and we find ourselves missing the frosty winter.
If this sounds familiar, you need to know that there are a few tricks you can deploy to keep your household cool when it matters. Indeed, nobody likes to sit down, drenched in sweat, clinching an ice-cold soda can in your hand in the hope of bringing your body temperature down by a few degrees. But summer could become enjoyable again if you can get into the habit of making your home heatproof.
Give your HVAC some much-needed servicing
A general rule of thumb is to service your air conditioning units at least once a year – or twice a year if they are over 10-year-old. A faulty unit could not only fail to cool the room, but it could also throw out hot air! Additionally, you should also stay on top of your air filter maintenance. Typically, your air filters should be replaced every 3 to 6 months – or more often if you’ve got pets. Failure to do so can affect the AC unit. It can also increase the presence of toxic particles in the air, which can lead to respiratory complications. Finally, if you’ve chosen to hide from units from sight behind decorative doors and panels, make sure you don’t block any of the vents.
Are you letting the warm air in?
A house with poor insulation tends to let the cold air in during the winter, making it more difficult to warm the property. But, the insulation issue continues to affect the household in summer, as the warm air can squeeze inside through the roof or the windows. It’s a good idea to test your windows and roof for potential infiltration. Typically, you should be able to sense air passage on your skin next to the windows, which is an indication they need replacing. When it comes to information about roof replacement, you should consult a specialist to check your roof condition. You should expect to replace your roof every 20 years on average.
You keep drinking cold beverages
If you’ve been dreaming of a chilled glass of water to quench your thirst and cool you down, you might want to think twice. Drinking icy-chilled beverages doesn’t cool down your body. On the contrary, the shock factor caused by the temperature difference means that your body can’t absorb the water. Stay away from too many ice cubes in summer; they can, in fact, be harmful to your health.
You leave your electrical devices plugged in
Last but not least, look around you: We live in a world of electronic devices. How many of your favorite gadgets are plugged in at the moment? From the phone charger to the TV on standby, keeping your devices plugged in when you don’t use them can increase not only the consumption of electricity but also the temperature in the room.
Most people don’t realize that they might be keeping themselves warm in summer by consuming icy water or by failing to keep up with their HVAC service appointment. Hopefully, these simple tips can help you to keep your cool in the scorching weather!