Beat the Heat: Happy Solstice Summer Day
Tips for staying cool in and out the home
June 20 is the longest day ever, first day of summer and the Capital Region warmest day thus far. We at Habitat for Humanity Capital District would like to give you some friendly reminders and tips for staying cool in and out of your home.
Top Ten Home Cooling Tips
- Clean and change your air filter regularly. Check your air filter monthly especially during the cooler months and change your air filter if it’s dirty at least every three months.
- Utilize AC timers when occupying and vacating a room.
- Close window shades and drapes on windows that receive direct sunlight on warmer days.
- Air registers and vents should be clear of any furniture, dust or rugs to have a better flow of air
- Turn off large appliances and lights to cool down room
- Set Thermostat between 75-78 F on warmer days
- Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time as your air conditioner
- Reduce cooling cost with landscape shading. Planting trees, shrubs around the home can reduce home heat radiation.
- Take advantage of the longer, sunnier days with daylight by leaving your lights off longer.
- Look for Energy Star products and appliances to save energy and cost
Learn more at Energy Star
To Ten Self-Cooling Tips
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water and fluids
- Avoid alcohol, limit your caffeine intake and beverages that contain a lot of sugar
- Wear loose and light colored clothing
- Never leave anyone in a close park vehicle
- Utilize central air cooling locations, for examples, malls, public transportation and cooling centers
- When possible avoid extreme activities during midday, when the sun rays are strongest
- Protect your self from the sun by wearing sunscreen and lip screen of SPF of 15 or higher
- Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses
- When temperatures reach high 90’s, fans will not prevent heat related illnesses
- Pay close attentions to the elderly, infants, a person that has a mental illness, and are physically ill with heart disease or high blood pressure
Learn more at Central Disease Control