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Keep Your Body Heat Down in the Summer With These 10 Tips

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Keep Your Body Heat Down in the Summer With These 10 Tips

While building design, HVAC equipment, and smart systems have significant effects on nicely cooling both commercial and residential buildings, Abiola and Waud also offer more immediate suggestions for simpler things that the average person can do at home to stay cool in the summer heat.

If you don’t have air conditioning systems:

  • Use a ceiling fan: Ceiling fans normally use less power than your typical air conditioner, and some evaluations indicate that you could save $20-30 per month on your electricity bill only by using a ceiling fan instead of a normal AC unit. Turn the ceiling fan on only when you are in your room—the downward draft from the fan will allow air to evaporate moisture over your skin thereby cooling you down. Always remember to turn off that fan when you leave that specific room, since it is only effective for lowering your body surface temperature, not the temperature of the room itself.
  • Take a cool shower: Cool showers, rather than warm, always lower your heating energy bill and help cool your body’s core temperature down. Even if you have air conditioning, all of the above recommendations will help save you money on your electricity bill, since your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool your home or apartment. If you do have air conditioning, there are also things that you can do to make sure it is operating as efficiently as possible.
  • Move your portable air conditioner to where you are: If you are using a portable air conditioner, Waud suggests moving it to the room where you are spending time so that it is cooling your space, rather than trying to cool multiple rooms or your whole home. If you are working from home, for example, move it to your workspace during the day, and back to your bedroom at night.
  • Hydrate: Keep well hydrated with water and eat cold food throughout the day.
  • Maintain your HVAC system: If your air conditioner has maintenance problems, it will have to work harder to cool your home (and the same goes for your furnace in the winter).
  • Replace air filters in your furnace: Waud explains that a clogged or dirty air filter allows less air to flow through it, meaning less cool air circulating through your house and your air conditioner having to work harder to maintain a cool temperature.
  • Dehumidifiers: Humid air gives you a feeling of being warmer than the current temperature. Waud suggests investing in a separate dehumidifier which will take the moisture out of the air in your home and will help the air feel lighter and cooler.
  • Strategically plant trees: If you own a home, Abiola suggests planting verdant leafy plants on the south-facing part of your residence where the sun is the most shiny for most of the day. The tree will help shield your house from the warmth emitted from the sun.
  • Scheduling: Program your thermostat to allow the temperature in your home to increase while you’re away from home. This reduces the amount of time that compressor in your air conditioner will have to work. However, Waud cautions that you shouldn’t let the temperature creep up too high while you’re out as the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool your home when you return. But an increase of two to three degrees while you are away can result in some energy savings.
  • Close windows or curtains at the right time of day: In the evenings, when it is cooler, open the windows to let the colder air from outside enter your home. During hot days, shut your blinds to keep the heat out because heat can simply get into your house from your glass windows.

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