It is not uncommon for the summer heat to take hold year after year, especially in Virginia. With temperatures consistently reaching the high 80s and low 90s, seeking out sanctity from the heat waves is essential for proper living conditions and overall comfort.
While we can’t help you stay cool outside (that’s a whole different story), the Quality Air Experts provide quality services to your current or future HVAC system. In this post, we will be going over ways to stay cool in the summer heat, especially if your HVAC system is not properly working.
Fans, Fans, Fans
While not perfect, the implementation of fans into your property can help circulate air. When air remains stagnant for a while, especially in a hot environment, it begins the “oven effect”. Think of when you preheat an oven and the consistent heat in a closed environment causes the overall temperature to rise. By simply breaking apart the stagnant air with cooler circulation, you can cool down the environment to a certain extent.
Heat rises, while cooler air stays lower. This explains why many houses can see double-digit temperature differences between their basement or lowest floor, and their attic or highest floor. Keeping more fans on your higher floors can help break up the stagnant warm air, and keeping a few fans on the lower floors can help keep the cooler air flowing throughout the property.
As you are more than likely aware, the temperature is higher during the day when the sun radiates energy onto the world than at night when it is dark out. Without a proper HVAC system in place, you can use this to your advantage.
The best method of using natural air and windows to your advantage is to leave your windows closed all day, and open them at night for the duration of the night. What this does is allows cool air to enter the home when the sun is down, and then maintain that cool air as much as possible during the daytime by keeping the windows shut. When it is hot outside during the daytime, the warm air will not enter the property, as the window barrier will separate the hot and cold air.
Again, this method will not be perfect, as the temperature changes every day. However, the principle of this method will help keep your home cool most days.
Hydration is Key
A lot of times, we experience discomfort from our external factors. While we can’t control these factors, we can control how we respond to them. One way to combat the heat is to remain as hydrated as possible during the warmer months.
Water is the key to life as we know it. Every living organism needs water to survive. When it is hot out, our bodies warm-up, often dehydrating our cells. This leads to the discomfort that we feel, which leaves us asking “why is it so hot?”
While it is important to stay hydrated no matter the season, it is more imperative to stay hydrated during the warmer months. Regardless of the current HVAC system you have and how hot it is getting each day, drinking plenty of water consistently is one of the best ways to keep you in check and perceptive of your surroundings and comfort levels when it’s hot.
These are just a few of the methods you can use to substitute a proper HVAC system during the warm summer months. While each solution does not work very effectively on an individual level, when combined together, they can at least provide some relief.
If you have been trying these methods and don’t seem to get any break from the heat, the best thing to do is to begin your process of getting a reliable HVAC system in your home, if possible. All of these methods can still be applicable to your situation if you choose so, but you will also have the added safety net of a reliable air conditioning unit.
Proper Air Conditioning With The Quality Air Experts
If you are considering any HVAC related services, including the installation or repair of an air conditioning unit, choose the Quality Air Experts to guarantee that the job is done in a prompt and professional manner. We provide special offers to our clients and wish to set the stage for comfort all year long. Contact us today to learn more about the ways we can help serve you.