Plunge Into Extreme Summer Heat With These 5 Cool Tips!
Staying cool in the middle of an intense summer heat wave is tricky. And sticky! But it’s not impossible.
With a few helpful tips, you can,
- Keep your home cool,
- Protect your family from the risk of overheating and
- Save on energy costs!
Our experienced cooling team at Campeau Heating is here to help you do just that!
We know how difficult it can be to keep your home cool for less. And how dangerous it can be for your family if temperatures get too high.
To give you everything you need for a safe and comfortable summer - at home, in your office or at the cottage.
Understanding the importance of air cooling is crucial. And learning about effective and affordable cooling techniques for your home is easy!
Are you ready to keep your cool this summer? Read on!
What Are The Dangers Of Extreme Heat?
The first step in staying cool all summer is to stay informed.
Although the human body does have the ability to cool itself, it’s not invincible. And knowing what the risks are concerning extreme heat is vital!
For those more vulnerable to high temperatures, it is especially critical!
According to Health Canada, the 7 top heat-vulnerable groups include:
- Older adults.
- Infants and young children.
- People with chronic illnesses or who are physically impaired.
- Socially disadvantaged individuals and communities (low income, homeless, living alone).
- Newcomers to Canada and transient populations such as tourists.
- Occupational groups (e.g. farmers, construction workers)
- Physically active individuals (e.g. marathon runners, recreational athletes).
Don’t see yourself on the above list? That doesn’t mean you’re not at risk.
It’s important to know that intense heat can affect you whether you are a part of one of these vulnerable groups or not.
Health Risks Associated With Extreme Heat:
- Heat Stroke
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat Fainting
- Heat Cramps
- Heat Rash
- Heat Edema
If you live in a home with little to no A/C, you are also highly vulnerable to heat-related health risks.
Don’t wait until the heat is too much to handle in your home! Below are 10 ways to keep your house cool and comfortable!
5 Ways To Keep Your Family and Home Cool This Summer
We have experienced our fair share of high heat here in Sudbury, Ontario. And this year, we want you to be ready for it!
Instead of catching you off guard with no cooling solution in place, we are plunging head-on into the summer season - fully prepared!
1. Control Humidity
Controlling the humidity in your home will help your body release heat faster.
In high humidity, your sweat cannot evaporate as quickly. This sweat retention then prevents your body from efficiently releasing excess heat. Not only does this prohibit your body from cooling down, but it can also cause elevated heart rate, organ failure and high blood pressure!
Installing a whole-house dehumidifier!
Whole-house dehumidifiers reduce excess moisture in your home. This HVAC add-on effectively reduces humidity levels and improves your indoor air quality!
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Your home's temperature is usually based on personal preference. But homeowners should follow recommended temperature settings for the above vulnerable groups.
The World Health Organization (WHO) standards recommend the following temperature settings:
- If you are prone to respiratory problems or allergies, the WHO recommends your thermostat never be set below 16 degrees C.
- If you have disabled, elderly or very young individuals living at home, WHO recommends the temperature never be set below 20 degrees C.
During the summer, most people set their thermostats between 20-24 degrees in the daytime. And between 16-20 degrees overnight. They may even have their thermostat set lower before they go to work for the day.
These temperature settings ensure homes are comfortable and safe. But they also help homeowners reduce their energy consumption!
A programmable thermostat makes it easy to control the temperature variations in your home - all from your phone! You can set your A/C to run less frequently while you are away or overnight. And ensure that it is set to a comfortable temperature when you arrive home or wake up to start your day!
3. Adjust Your Cooking Habits
Long ago, homeowners used cast iron cookstoves for cooking food, heating the home and providing hot water for families. The cook stove usually stayed lit day and night during long, cold winters. But in the summer, they put out the fire between meals to prevent the home from getting too hot.
Although ovens have advanced in modern technology since those olden days, the concept remains the same:
Large appliances, like ovens and laundry dryers, produce significant heat.
Adjusting when and how you use these large appliances can help prevent your home from getting too warm.
Don’t Run Large Appliances During The Day
According to the Ontario Energy Board, electricity rates are lower between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.!
So you can save money on your electricity usage while lowering the heat impact of these appliances.
Explore Other Methods
Another option for reducing the use of these large appliances is to find alternative methods.
For example, instead of running your dryer during the summer, you could use the natural heat from the sun! A clothesline is an excellent way to conserve energy and reduce the heat and humidity that a dryer adds to your indoor air.
In regards to your oven - consider using an outdoor barbeque for cooking your meals instead! Gas and charcoal grills are both excellent tools for summer cooking.
You may even consider moving your entertaining space outdoors during your summer parties! This helps prevent your home from getting overly warm and crowded.
4. Install an Air Conditioner
Of course, what kind of HVAC article would this be if we didn’t mention air conditioners!
Installing an air conditioner is one of the best ways to keep cool during the summer. In fact, it’s probably the #1 best way!
Air conditioners can cool your home no matter how hot it is outside - providing a safe refuge for your family during even the worst heat waves.
They even help control the humidity in your home too! As you know from our first point, high humidity levels impact the natural cooling mechanisms in your body. Controlling those levels can help your body control its own internal temperature.
5. Book Air Conditioner Maintenance
And where there are air conditioners, there’s A/C Repair and Tune-Ups!
We frequently get asked what you should do when your air conditioner stops working in the middle of summer. After all, summer is the #1 worst time ever for your A/C to conk out!
If your air conditioner has already called it quits, you have two options:
But if it hasn’t quit on you yet, you have time to ensure your air conditioner is ready to handle the summer heat.
Remember to change your air filters, schedule an AC Tune-up and watch out for common A/C warning signs. We'll surprise you with how much money you can save by simply taking good care of your air conditioner!
Other Free Home Cooling Tips!
- Stay hydrated!
- Set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise.
- Close blinds during the day.
- Open and shut windows at the right time of day (open at night, shut during the day).
- Upgrade our home insulation
Keep Cool This Summer With Campeau Heating in Sudbury, Ontario!
Face the heat of summer head-on with expert advice from our HVAC crew at Campeau Heating!
Now that you know how to keep your home cool during the hot summer months, an unexpected heat wave will never catch you off guard.
Have questions? Let’s keep the conversation going!
You can reach our team at (705) 560-2441 or message us online!