5 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer

Why is this time of year typically called the Dog Days of Summer? This is a time between the months of July and August where the temperature is usually hotter than any other time of year. This year has certainly been no exception, so in an effort to help you beat the heat, here are 5 ways to stay cool.

1.)    Stay hydrated- This may be a no brainer for many, but the number of people who don’t stay properly hydrated is alarming. It is always best to drink water to stay hydrated, instead of sodas or any other drink. This heat makes it extremely important to have access to water wherever you are. This is why a reusable water bottle such as the Brita Bottle Water Purifier will be great to use. This Brita bottle gives you filtered water perfect for on-the-go use. You can also recycle the Brita filter that is inside this bottle.

2.)    Adjust your AC- During these hot summer months the air conditioner may be your best friend. Typically, you will want your air conditioning unit adjusted to a temperature of 72 degrees during the summer. You may also want a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set home temperatures according to different factors and will save you money in the long run. We suggest the Honeywell FocusPro 6000 which is easy to use and features precise comfort control. This will also be a good time to conduct routine maintenance for your air conditioner so it doesn’t break down at an inopportune time.

3.)    Limit outdoor activity as much as possible- Sometimes one of the simplest ways to beat the heat is to limit any outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours when the temperatures are not at their peak.

4.)    Learn your body’s cooling spots- Did you know there are certain spots on your body that allow you to cool off quickly? Neck, wrists, top of your feet and inside of your ankles are great cooling spots for your body. Just put your ice pack (or whatever you use to cool off) on these areas and you will cool off in no time. Why does this work? Two words-pulse points. These are areas where you can feel your pulse because your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Because they are close, you can also cool off your blood and body temperature by getting the area in contact with cool water.

5.)    Eat cool- There’s a reason why ice cream sales are higher in July than any other month. So what better and more delicious way is there to beat the heat than eating a frozen treat? Cool yourself from the inside out by eating ice cream, popsicles or any other frozen delight. You will feel a lot cooler afterwards.

What tips do you have to beat the heat this summer? Share your suggestions below.

3 Ways To Maintain Your Air Conditioner

With the extreme heat that many of us have experienced over these last few days, many are grateful for the air conditioners in our home. Without it, the heat of summer would simply be too unbearable. Today is Air Conditioning Appreciation Day and what better way to show your appreciation for this household necessity than to maintain the upkeep of it? Maintenance on your air conditioner should never be neglected. Below are 3 tips to make sure your AC continues running smoothly.

1.)    Change the filter. This is the most simple and important step. A clogged air filter can drastically reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and can become a heartache in the long run. Generally, you want to change the filter every 3 to 6 months depending on usage. Changing the filter will cause it to run efficiently and last longer. The Filters Fast 5” MERV 13 Return Grille will reduce dust, bacteria, pet dander and mold spores. The larger surface area and deeper pleats of the five inch filter make it 15 times more effective at capturing airborne particles than a standard 1″ filter.  The MERV 13 rating of this filter makes it one of the most efficient filters, by removing at least 90 percent of all particles. See here for a complete list of filters that we offer.

2.)    Regular Maintenance. Checkups for your HVAC system will keep it running smoothly and efficiently.  You can do it yourself, or you can call in a professional. Maintenance of your system should include checking the controls of the system, lubricating all moving parts, tightening all electrical connections and checking thermostat settings. You should also seal and insulate ducts as well. This is done to increase comfort levels in your home and improve your system’s efficiency by 20% or more. The more efficient your system is, the longer it will last.

3.)    Install a programmable thermostat. This is an important step so your A/C doesn’t have to run all day while you’re away. Consider using the Honeywell FocusPro, which is easy to use, has precise comfort control and comes with a 5 year warranty. Programmable thermostats can save you almost $200 off heating and cooling costs every year.

Maintaining your air conditioner is important to say the least. A properly maintained air conditioner will allow you to beat the heat and stay cool in the comfort of your own home. Remember, changing your filter is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner. Click on the image below to view a video about the proper way to change your filter.