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How to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

Summer is on the way (yes, even for the Northwest), and that only means one thing: the temperature is about to rise. Although your AC unit is the perfect way to cool down, it can be the most expensive method if you leave it on for long periods of time. If you’re looking for the perfect way to beat the heat, on a budget, Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing is here to provide some important tips:

Close the Blinds

One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to keep the blinds closed. Believe it or not, this method will work best on the sunniest of days. Granted, it’s nice to have some powerful rays coming through the windows (hello, natural light) -- but it does tend to heat up your home, naturally.

If you’re looking to preserve the cooling effect in your home, then it’s important to keep the blinds shut completely (or at least on an angle). Of course, this will keep your home dim, but it will keep it at a comfortable temperature throughout the day. This will help save some money since you’ll be less inclined to keep your AC unit on all day long.

Open the Windows

Another great way to keep the “cool” factor this summer is to open the windows. Of course, it wouldn’t be wise to open them during hot, blistering temperatures -- but it would be wise to open them at nighttime. Why? At night, the temperature drops drastically, usually providing a cool breeze.

If you opt to open your windows at night, it’s best to only open the ones in your bedroom, to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Once you open them up (even if it’s just halfway), you’ll notice a comfortable difference. It will, in fact, keep you cool all night long, as if you had your AC unit on (for a fraction of the cost).

Shut the Doors

When you turn your AC unit on, do you tend to leave doors open to rooms that aren’t in use? If so, then it will take much longer to cool down your home. The reason? AC units cool your home in zones, thanks to the thermostat. If your thermostat detects that a particular room isn’t cold, it will put your AC into overdrive, causing it to use much more power.

If you’re looking to cool your home efficiently, then it’s best to keep all doors shut (this includes closets, too). Not only will your thermostat be able to accurately detect the temperature, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your beach house will turn into an igloo (and how much energy you’ll be saving, too).

Keep the Fan On

Have a ceiling fan in your home? Then it will be best to keep it on all summer long. Using less energy than an AC unit, ceiling fans are the perfect essential to keeping your home cool and of course, circulate the air. This will not only help distribute the already cold AC air, but it will help keep your home comfortable, too.

When it comes to this beautiful device, there are two different settings: clockwise and counter-clockwise. In the summertime, you’ll want to keep your fan in a counter-clockwise motion, since this will keep your home at an extremely comfortable temperature.

Stay Hydrated

Another way to stay cool (and healthy) is to stay hydrated throughout the summer. Since your body is mostly composed of water, it’s only best to replenish what you have. Whether that means you’re drinking (at least) 8 ounces a day or have a water cooler by your bedside, it’s up to you to stay hydrated.

In addition to keeping your body temperature at bay, it has also been said that drinking 8 ounces of water before bed will help provide a good night’s rest. If you’re not a big fan of water, then you can always add some lemon wedges or other fruit, to change up the taste. The possibilities are utterly endless (and delicious).

Take Cold Showers

Of course, you don’t want to bathe in real ice -- but that’s entirely up to you. If you’re looking for the best way to keep cool, then we recommend taking a cold shower. Just like hydrating with a glass of water, taking a cold shower will be the perfect way to regulate your body temperature and ultimately keep you cool and comfortable.

Cook Outdoors

Believe it or not, cooking indoors (during the summertime) heats up your home. From the stovetop to the oven, both will make the temperature rise -- even if you’re making a stack of pancakes. If you’re looking for the best solution to this “problem,” then it’s best to fire up the grill and cook outside.

When you decide to grill your meals instead of using the stove/oven, not only are you saving energy, but it’s also a healthier alternative to cook since this doesn’t require you to use an excessive amount of butter/oil to grill.

Additionally, cooking outdoors is also a fantastic excuse to invite some friends over and have a barbeque. Once you start grilling more outside, you’ll notice a difference of your indoor temperature -- and might not want to cook indoors ever again (until the wintertime).

Whether you’re looking to replace your AC unit or repair it, we’re here to help! If the DIY route isn’t one you’d like to follow, just give Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing a call at (866) 978-9297 for friendly, reliable and efficient service!