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Playing it cool: 7 ways to beat the heat


So the temps are skyrocketing, and you’re sweating buckets. Not exactly the plan you had for chilling out this summer. Not to worry: We’ve gathered seven tips to help you stay cool in the rising heat:

1. Drink plenty of water

In summer, your body loses a maximum amount of water through perspiration. Replenish several times a day (drink at least 2 more glasses than usual), and add more juices and fruit—watermelon, grapefruit, pineapple, pears and citrus fruits are not only cooling, but contain high water content.

2. Slather on the sunblock

Not only will it keep you protected from the sun’s harmful rays and help to prevent sunburn, it will also keep you looking younger over time. Bonus: By keeping the burn at bay, your skin will stay cooler. Use an entire ounce (about the size of a golf ball) for optimum protection.

3. Lighten up

Your plate, that is. Research shows heavy foods take longer to digest, interfering with the body’s cooling process. Think salads, sandwiches and soup broths…you’ll stay trim while gaining energy for outdoor activities.

4. Go with the flow

Dressing in breezy, lightweight fabrics that offer plenty of movement—cotton, linen and gauze—are the best bet for staying cool outdoors on hot summer days. Similarly, be sure to wear light colors—dark colors absorb more light, trapping heat in the process.

5. Get a trim

Fact: The shorter your hair, the cooler your body. Chic bobs (ladies) and short crew cuts (men) are great options for summer. Ladies: if you’re dedicated to your length, try of-the-moment “sloppy buns” and sleek ponytails. A mentholated or tea tree oil shampoo can also help keep you cool during the dog days of summer.

6. Take shelter indoors

At least between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s ray’s are the strongest. Cool off instead with ceiling fans that help circulate the cool, comfortable air your home comfort system provides.

7. Install a Programmable Thermostat

The days of set-it-and-forget-it home comfort control are over. Newer thermostats, like Lennox’ icomfort Wi-Fi touchscreen thermostat—lets users control their home’s temperature from a smart a phone, tablet or other web-enabled device-from anywhere in the world.

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Seal Your Home, Pay Less In Energy Costs — It’s That Simple

When you seal your home, you reduce the amount of air coming inside and going out. Those leaks cost you money summer and winter because they make your HVAC equipment work harder. Sealing the leaksSave Money on Energy Heating & Cooling isn’t a difficult process once you know where they are.

Find the Leaks
You can conduct your own test with just a few common household items. First, draw a simple sketch of your home’s layout and close the windows and exterior doors. Extinguish any gas-burning appliances and turn on the exhaust fans.

Walk through the house with lighted incense, covering the entire perimeter of your home, including the attic and basement. Note on the floor plan where the smoke wavers. The moving smoke indicates air coming inside. Typical places for air leaks include window frames, exterior doors, electrical outlets and switches, and places where the cables and pipes enter or leave.

Seal the Leaks

  • Seal exterior door leaks with fresh weather-stripping, available at home improvement stores. You can add a door sweep to the exterior doors to block drafts coming in or going out. These sweeps are available at home centers. If you need one, measure your door before going to help you buy the right size.
  • Check the window frames outdoors if your windows indicate leaks. You may find small cracks or crevices between the frames and the walls. Seal with exterior caulk.
  • Use expanding foam or insulation to seal your home where the leaks are larger, around pipes entering the foundation, coming out of the attic or around dryer vents.
  • Find foam gaskets made for sealing the light switches and outlets at home centers. Turn off the circuit breakers for your outlets before removing the cover plates and inserting the foam covers between the outlets and switches and their covers.

Hoff Heating & A/C, Inc. has provided quality HVAC services for St. Charles and St. Louis counties since 1983. If you’d like additional information to help conserve energy, please contact us today.

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