During the summer, particularly down south, temperatures can get pretty hot. While having an air conditioning unit that runs perfectly is the best way to stay cool all summer, you may not want to have it running 24/7. If you keep your AC unit on nonstop, you will notice an increase in your utility bill, and you could even cause the unit to break down prematurely.
But how can you stay nice and cool when your air conditioner isn’t running? We’re glad you asked. Here are some great tips that favor your comfort and your wallet!
Staying hydrated is a surefire way to keep your internal body temperature down. When your body gets hot, it will automatically work to keep itself cool by sweating. However, if you’re dehydrated, your body has a much more difficult time regulating its temperature. Drinking lots of water and eating foods that are high in water content like melons and cucumbers will help you stay cool when the outside temperatures begin to rise.
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
While the idea of letting a breeze in through an open door or window sounds like a good idea in theory, in actuality, it will allow any cool air in your house to escape. Make sure you keep the air your AC unit is cooling inside the house. You can also purchase blackout blinds to cover your windows to help absorb some of the heat from the sun.
Try Coconut Water
In addition to helping you stay hydrated, coconut water is known for its natural cooling properties. It is also a great source for replenishing the electrolytes you lose from sweating.
Keep Your Head and Feet Cool
Your head and feet control much of your body’s internal temperature. They say if you’re cold, put on thick socks and a hat. You can also achieve the opposite effect by soaking your feet in cool water or putting an ice pack to your head. Doing either of these two options will quickly lower your body temperature and help you feel much more comfortable when it’s hot out.
Get Fresh Air Filters
If all else fails and you just want to keep your AC unit on, make sure your air filters are nice and fresh. Having new, clean air filters will help your AC unit run more effectively, keeping you cool and also freshening up the air you breathe.
And remember, if you’re having any issues with your Air Conditioning system, Mountain Heating & Cooling can help! Just give us a call or contact us online to talk with an expert about how we can help.