As July approaches and the temperatures in begin to climb even higher, those with air conditioners will most likely program their cooling systems to run more often and maintain a lower inside temperature. However, there are those who don't have AC, and when the temps hit triple digits, it can seem nearly impossible to stay cool. At Dipple Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Air, we want every family to be cool and comfortable all summer, and if you're air conditioning unit needs repair, we'll be there right away to fix it. If you don't have AC and you don't plan on installing a unit any time soon, here are some tips to help you stay cool.
Cooling Your Home Without AC
Keep the sun out - The primary reason your home heats up so much on those summer days is because of that bright yellow orb in the sky. The sun can cause the interior temperature to increase several degrees in a short amount of time (especially if you have south- or west-facing windows), and blocking out sunshine can be help keep your home cool. As the mercury begins to rise outside in the morning, close those blinds and curtains and keep the warmth outside. Heavy, heat-blocking curtains can be a smart investment, and when the temp drops in the evening, open everything up and let the cross breeze flow through the house.
Utilize opposite windows - Speaking of cross breezes, they can often be a great method for keeping your house cool. If you have windows on opposite ends of the room, open them up during the cooler parts of the day and let the air flow through the house. If you have plenty of shade around your house, you may be able to leave them open all day, but be sure to check to see how much the interior temperature is rising. Air that's moving feels much cooler on the skin, and a gentle current can make for much better sleeping conditions on those summer nights.
Stay hydrated - During a South Carolina summer, it's important to drink plenty of water, lemonade, or something else to keep yourself cool. Water is the most important fluid, as it can help you keep your body temperature lower even as the temp outside is rising. Think about what type of clothes you wear and what type of sheets are on the bed, and if need be, put a damp washcloth in the fridge and apply it to your forehead throughout the day.
If you're living without AC this summer, there are few things you can do to stay cool and comfortable. If you try a few of these tips and still find yourself sweating all day, contact Dipple Plumbing, Electrical, Heating & Air and we'll help you find a cooling system that fits your needs and your budget. If you have air conditioning and it breaks down on the hottest day of the year, please don't hesitate to contact us. We offer 24/7 emergency service and will be there as soon as we can to take care of the problem.
Call today or contact us online if you need help with your AC system in Greenville!