When summer is going strong in San Antonio, homeowners employ a variety of measures to ensure indoor comfort, especially during a heat wave. When temperature and humidity are excessive for more than two days, there’s an increase in heat-related health hazards. You can help your family to stay cool, comfortable, and healthy during a heat wave by following some simple energy-saving and heat-busting tips.
Say Yes To Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans increase indoor comfort and save on energy usage. Although ceiling fans don’t reduce the temperature in a room, they do increase how cool you feel. Set your ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise, and keep them turned on in the rooms you are using. This can help you to save on air conditioning energy costs significantly.
Fire Up The Grill
Indoor cooking generates a lot of heat. This increases the energy demands and the wear and tear on your air conditioner. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain a consistent indoor chill. That, in turn, increases the potential for damage and the need for air conditioner repair. Using an outdoor grill in the summer is usually fun, but not during a heat wave. Temperatures outdoors will be too hot and the added heat from the grill can make it a challenge especially for the person preparing the meal. During a heat wave, try instead to prepare meals indoors that don’t require a lot of cooking time. The microwave is also an option and sandwiches and salads are always a good, quick way to go.
Use Your Window Treatments
Large windows increase indoor heat dramatically. This is great in wintertime, but during a typical Texas summer, you want shade. Heavy drapes, blinds, awnings, and shutters are an excellent way to reduce heat gain. Keep window treatments closed to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your home. Blinds can reduce solar heat gain by as much as 45 percent.
Keep Your Cool
One of the most important things you can do during a heat wave is to make sure you and your loved ones stay hydrated. This is especially important for infants and the elderly. Keep your refrigerator stocked with plenty of water and fruits. Choose light and lightly-colored bedding and clothing.
For more tips that will keep your home cool this summer contact AC State Air today at 210-653-5900. Our technicians have the skills to keep you safe and comfortable.