Summer – for most people this means enjoying the sun and having fun times at the beach; in Arizona summer equals cranking up the air conditioning and get a bigger electric bill over the next few months. Here are a few tricks to deal with the heat wave:
Make sure to keep direct sunlight from entering your interior. Best way to do that is using different window covering options like curtains, blinds or reflective window panels.
Fans in the room
Fans placed in the middle of the room can be a true friend. One additional hack is to put some ice in a bowl and place it in front of a large fan. This will give you an extra chilly feeling. Although ceiling fans don’t lower the room temperature, they will make you feel more comfortable, so that you maybe even don’t have to turn down the A/C too much. While ventilating fans are helpful to remove moist, warm air during cooking, it is recommended to turn them off once not needed so there’s no cooled air extracted from the house.
Reduce the Humidity
If possible put off doing the laundry and cooking during the cooler times of the day. Instead of using a dryer hang wet laundry on a clothesline or dryer rack as this will not only save you energy, but also cool the air in the room.
Use different Sheets
Natural fibers like cotton, linen, percale or bamboo are helpful when temperatures just won’t go down even at night. Make sure you use sheets and fabrics that are breathable and will wick away perspiration to keep you cool. A thread count between 300 and 400 is recommended.
By: Patricia Madigan