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The weather is heating up and it is time to think of ways to keep yourself and your family cool without spending a lot of money. That is our goalkeeping everyone happy and healthy plus some money in the bank account. So, how do you do it?
What are some money-savvy ideas for cooling down through the hot months? Everyone needs to stay cool. That is a necessity. But you don’t have to break the bank to do it. We have some money saving ideas to keep cool all spring and summer.
Our top ideas are listed below. Give a few of them a try then add some more ideas as you go along. Everyone can stay cool and hydrated in the heat and stay happy as well, as you think of all the money you will save!
Air Cooling Systems
If your air cooling system is not cooling you down, or if you are in the market for a new one, now is the time to make the decision and change. The main air cooling systems on the market today are the air cooler, the air conditioner, and localized systems in the home such as electric fans. Each system has their own strengths.
It is good to research each to find the system that is right for your home and area or the world in which you live. If you have the wrong system, then it can be astronomical in cost and less efficient than what you want. The breakdown of each is as follows.
These are especially nice in hot and dry areas that need moisture added to the dry air. This is the most cost-effective system on the market as it does not drastically raise energy or water bills. It runs on a natural system of air and water making it the healthiest system as well.
These air coolers bring in natural air from the outside and cool it down to desired temperatures using water. A tiny amount of moisture is added to the air which is crucial to hot, dry areas that need that added moisture for residents to stay hydrated and healthy.
These systems are popular in humid areas as they dry the air. They do run up expensive energy bills in hot areas where the conditioner needs to constantly run to keep the house cooled down. These systems rely on a chemical coolant that can be dangerous to the inside air if it is leaked, and to the ozone layer. These conditioners run on electricity which can be a problem in areas that have energy restrictions during the hot months of the year.
Ceiling, room, and tabletop fans are popular but run on electricity. They also, do not cool the air but mainly just recirculate the warm air through the house. For this reason, fans can be dangerous if outside temperatures rise above 32 degree C. The hot air is blown around and not cooled down leading to a false sense or cooling yet leaving your body in danger or dehydrating and heatstroke.
Instead of a fan, it is recommended that you try a portable air cooler or air conditioner, instead. There are small, portable models on wheels that you can take with you from room to room to keep yourself cooled down.
Cooling Down Your Home
Staying inside is a great way to beat the heat on a budget. Staying indoors with the right cooling system will help you stay cool and healthy all season long. It is imperative to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. This reduces the hazardous effects of the sun on your overall health. To make your home cooler inside, try are few of these tips:
No Carpeting : Try tile, linoleum, or hardwood flooring instead of carpeting. It not only looks wonderful, and helps the home to stay cleaner, but also helps to keep your home cooler during the hot season.
Curtains and Shutters : Keep your curtains or shutters drawn to keep out the sun. This will block the sunshine from heating up the house in the daytime and make your air cooling system should work less to cool the home down. If you like fresh air in, an air cooler will bring it in all day long and cool it down for you or you can wait until the sun goes down and the temperatures cool off to open your windows.
Lighter painted walls : These will deflect 35% more heat than darker walls. Walls painted a darker hue can absorb 70 to 90 percent more heat from the sun than white walls. To keep your home cooler, on a budget simply do some repainting.
More important than staying cool we must stay hydrated. It is crucial to a healthy body. Our bodies are made up of over 80% water. Hot temperatures deplete our water very quickly as it works to keep our bodies cool through sweat. This water must be replenished daily. Skip the sodas as they dehydrate your system even more while in the sun.
If you want some flavour in your drink, try flavoured waters. There are also carbonated waters that give the taste or soda but are very good for you in replenishing your body. If you are out in the heat for long hours, keep a water bottle with you and schedule regular water breaks.
Despite popular belief, shorts and tank tops are not the best clothing to wear when temperatures heat up. Actually, the opposite is true. Clothing that exposes a lot of skin also exposes that skin to the heat and the sun. This causes our bodies to overheat quickly. The best clothing to wear in the heat is long and loose cotton pants or skirts and long sleeve cotton shirts.
The cotton material absorbs the sweat and allows the skin to breathe and stay cool by trapping the sweat between the skin and clothing. The sweat evaporates quickly on the skin cooling it instantly and keeping your body hydrated longer. Hats are also a must when in the heat.
By following these tips, you will be able to stay cool on a budget and be healthy all season long.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.