There’s nothing quite like summer in Texarkana! July and August are known for being almost unbearably warm, with many homeowners relying on their air conditioners to stay cool and comfortable. Check out these tips for staying cool!
Close your curtains during the day.
This tip is pretty straightforward, but it’s also one of the most impactful things you can do to keep your home cool. Keep your blinds or curtains closed to prevent the sun from heating up your home!
Have your HVAC system maintained and your ducts cleaned.
Routine maintenance will not only preserve the lifespan of your HVAC system but can also keep your home cooler. A build-up of dust in your filters or ducts will force your system to work harder than it needs to.
Drink plenty of water and eat spicy foods.
Sweating is your body’s natural way of cooling off, but it’s not as effective if you’re dehydrated. Try to drink between 30–50 ounces of water per day, or more if you’re out in the sun.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but hear us out! Spicy foods containing capsaicin (the active spicy element of chili peppers) will cause you to sweat. And since sweating helps cool your body off, you’ll feel cool after eating a spicy meal. Just one more reason to enjoy Taco Tuesday!
Make sure your ceiling fans turn counter-clockwise.
Ever wonder why your ceiling fan blades have a slight tilt? This allows them to direct the flow of air depending on which direction they’re turning. Setting your fan to turn counter-clockwise will push cool air down into your room, improving airflow and providing you with a nice breeze.
Turn off any unnecessary electronics.
Common household electronics—especially televisions and desktop computers—give off a significant amount of heat while they’re running. Consider switching off any electronics when not in use to avoid adding unnecessary heat.
Use a programmable thermostat.
Want to keep cool without racking up the energy bill? Use a programmable thermostat! Keep your home around 78° during the day when you’re not around and then program your system to cool off before you get home.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioning or just need to get your HVAC system maintained, the team at Goff HVAC & Plumbing is here to help. Visit our website to see a complete list of our services or call 903-838-6923 to get started!