The 4th of July and the vacation days ahead are among the highlights of the summer. It’s a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy the company of friends and family on a hot summer day. But, being home more and having people over can mean a lot more work for your HVAC system this time of year as well.
So, how do you keep everyone cool and comfortable without spending a fortune on your cooling bill? Here are several things you can do this summer to say cool and enjoy your holiday festivities.
Use Fans and Blinds
One of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of the sun on your cooling system is to block it out. Installing awnings or shades at the start of summer is a great start, but if you haven’t done that this year, closing the blinds or pulling the curtains is the next best step. Blocking sunlight has a huge impact on how much solar radiation can enter your home and in turn how much heat your cooling system has to remove.
At the same time, portable fans are a great way to keep air moving and take the edge off of the summer sun without blasting your air conditioner down to 69 degrees. With most of your guests spending the majority of their time outside, consider turning your air conditioner up to 76 degrees and using portable fans to help take the edge off and move air around the house.
Hydration is a big must, especially with long hours spent outside enjoying the sun and heat. Dehydration can ruin an old fashioned barbecue in no time so make sure everyone has access to cold, non-caffeinated beverages. 1-2 glasses of water every hour or two or a sports drink with electrolytes will keep people cool and hydrated. It can also take the edge off of the heat and ensure no one is uncomfortable inside if you have your cooling system turned down a bit.
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Use the Grill for Everything
If you’re having a barbecue, why not use it for everything? The oven or stove can introduce a lot of heat in your home that the air conditioner will be forced to work against. By cooking your vegetables and side dishes on the grill along with the meat, you can keep from turning on the stove or oven, stay outside for longer, and create a memorable dish all at the same time.
If you have dishes that just don’t work outside, consider revising your menu. It’s a holiday after all! Corn on the cob, burgers, chips, grilled vegetables, and sandwiches – all ready to serve or grill-ready and much easier to cook outside without cranking up the heat indoors.
Stay Cool and Enjoy the 4th!
It may be hot outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend more on your cooling system for the holidays. Prepare for your guests with outdoor-friendly food and drinks, block the sun inside, and you can make the most out of your holiday bash.
And if you’re concerned that your air conditioner isn’t up to the task and may need a tune-up or repairs for the busy months ahead, give us a call. We can take a look and ensure it’s running at peak efficiency, keeping guests cool and your bills low.