Friday, May 27, 2016

9 Ways to Keep Cool Without Blasting the AC

Summer at the Lake of the Ozarks is famous for time spent out on the water and in the sun, but it’s also known for being hot and humid. The fact that summer is our rainy season only increases the humidity. Royal Heating & Air wants to help you maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning when you are at home. Use these tricks to cool off without the AC running 24/7:

Close the Blinds

By simply closing the blinds to block the sun, you can maximum the time your AC unit is spent turned on. Most of the unwanted heat comes from your windows. Utilizing blinds and curtains can lower inside temperatures drastically.

Open the Windows at Night

Luckily, the Lake area cools off during the night. Take advantage of this time and open the windows to let the naturally chilled air lower the temperature inside. If you do open the windows at night, make sure you close them before it gets too hot in the morning.

Cook Outside

Grilling is not only a fun activity during the summer months, but is also a good way to keep your house cool. When it is hot inside, the last thing you would want to do is turn the oven on to a toasty 425 degrees. Cooking outside, if possible, is a great way to keep the house cool.

Keep Your Feet Cold

Feet are very sensitive to temperature. An easy way to cool down the whole body is to dunk your feet in a bucket of cold water. Dunk your feet before bed to keep cool throughout the night. If needed, keep it by your bed and dip your feet in whenever you’re feeling hot while sleeping.  

Switch to Cotton Sheets

Cotton breathes easier and stays cooler longer than flannel, fleece or polyester linens. Cotton bedding will also transfer moisture away from the skin.

Switch to Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them. They also won’t hold in your body heat like conventional pillows.

Cool Down from the Inside Out

Cooling your body temperature first will help you step away from the AC. Drink plenty of ice water and apply a cold cloth to your neck and wrist. If you drink a glass of ice water before bed, it will lower your body temperature to ensure you are not sweating during the night.

Put Ice in Front of a Fan

Filling a bowl with ice or placing an ice pack in front of a large fan will keep the room much colder. This will get cold air circulating around the room.  

Switch Out Incandescent Lights

Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit. Switching to LED or CFL will not only cool your home, but it will also lower your electric bill.

Keep Cool with Royal Heating and Air!

These tips are a great way to keep cool during the hot, humid summer months. They will also help ensure that your air conditioning unit gets a break. Running the AC all the time will make it break down faster and require regular maintenance. If you allow your AC to take breaks, it will last longer. However, if you are in need of AC repairs at the Lake of the Ozarks, make sure to call Royal Heating and Air at 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment.

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