So, Knoxville TN has had several days of record-breaking heat so far this summer. For some, your air conditioner(s) are working overtime, just trying to keep cool. While it looks like we may be getting some relief this week, summer is only getting started. We have a long way to go, yet! So, here are 5 ways to beat the heat!
Block the Sun! Yup, close those blinds and/or curtains. Especially on westward facing windows. Ideally, if your windows don't have UV-blocking film (you can get diy uv-blocking film at most home improvement stores), you want your curtains to have sun-deflecting white liners on the window side.
Replace your filters and have your central air system serviced! A clean central air system will be more efficient, and clean filters will also help your system to work more efficiently.
Squirt yourself! Fill a squirt bottle with water and keep it in the fridge. When you're hot, just give yourself a misting.
Fans and A/C together! Use a fan to blow the cool air. Two things can happen -- by blowing the air over you with a fan, you feel cooler, thus you can set your thermostat higher.
Don't use the oven! I know you'll love this one! Use the stove top, or microwave, or better yet, the grill for cooking. There are a lot of vegetables that are simply fantabulous cooked on the grill.
As you can see, a lot of these beat the heat tips will also help save a little bit of energy at the same time. It's summer time, and the living doesn't have to be too hot.