7 Ways to Keep Cool During Hot Weather

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group
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All the meteorologists are saying the same thing that the rest of the week and weekend is going to be warm with temperatures reaching as high as 28ºC in Metro Vancouver.

Remember it is only May!

People may want to consider installing an air conditioner if it is something that they have planned and budgeted for. For those where installing an AC is not an option at the moment read the list below to help you stay cool in your home.

1. Check Your Home for Air Leaks

The better sealed your house is, the less cool air it loses or is infiltrated by warm air. Check for gaps in caulking and reseal where necessary. Don’t forget to check the weather-stripping on your doors and windows to make sure they are airtight.

2. Seal Ductwork

If you have any leaky ductwork have a professional repair them as soon as possible. Air loss through ducts make up about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Where forced AC systems are in use, it is important  that the filters are changed regularly to help energy efficiency.

3. Open Windows

Controlling air flow is a cost effective way to regulate temperatures. If nights are cool, open your windows and balconies if it is safe to, to lower indoor temperatures and have the breeze come in. During the day, shut doors and windows to trap cool air inside.

4. Close Your Curtains and Blinds

During the day, draw your curtains and shut your blinds to keep the sunshine/heat out. AC vents should be kept clear of  drapes, furniture other items that can block airflow.

5. Ceiling Fans

Fans don’t cool air, like an AC does but ceiling fans blades rotates much more slowly than an electric desk fan and it cools people effectively by introducing slow movement into the still hot air of a room.  In the summer, the fan’s direction of rotation should be set so that air is blown downward so that the breeze created by the ceiling fan speeds the evaporation of perspiration on human skin leaving one feeling cooler.

6. Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats can automatically turn down the air conditioning at night or when there is no one at home, saving energy and money when lower temperatures are not needed.

7. Cook Outdoors

Minimize running appliances that generate a lot of heat, like stoves, computers, dishwashers, and even hair dryers. If you have to use them, turn them on later in the evening when it is cooler than in the morning or afternoon. Barbecuing is a tasty alternative to cooking on your stove and having your hair air dry than use a hair dryer.

Contact Ashton Service Group to schedule a free in home consultation at 604-283-2383 if you are thinking of putting in an air conditioner in your home.

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