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4 Tips for Surviving Summer

The average temperature in Redlands, CA throughout summer is 93 degrees Fahrenheit, and some days it soars far above 100 degrees. Do you think your AC unit is prepared to handle these temperatures?

If you’re questioning your air conditioning unit’s ability to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long, then continue reading for some tips to help you survive the summer.

Fans

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep bedrooms and other living spaces cool and comfortable throughout the summer. According to the Department of Energy, if they are used correctly, they can even allow you to increase your thermostat setting 4°F without losing any level of comfort.

In the summer, they work by rotating counter-clockwise pushing air down and into the room and then circulating this air to create a draft throughout the room.

Exhaust Fans

This type of fan is best for rooms like your bathroom and kitchen, or spaces that typically generate a large amount of heat and moisture. Exhaust fans work by pulling hot and humid air from confined spaces which then allows cooler, fresh air to enter that area. The hot and humid air that was removed from the space is then transferred to outside of the home.

Windows

Shades

Whether you cover your windows from the outside with an awning or from the inside with blackout curtains, you will be doing your home a big favor. Windows are responsible for about 30% of your homes heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, which means your air conditioning unit has to work twice as hard to keep your home at the desired temperature.

Ventilation

Luckily, in Redlands, we have pretty dry summers, which means there is hope for relief in the early mornings and evenings when the sun is not at its peak. This is the best time to open your windows up and let some cool air in your home. Additionally, natural ventilation is a great way to not only lower your home’s temperature but to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home, improving the indoor air quality.

Barbecue

Who knew barbecuing could save you money and energy?

Cooking indoors with your stove top or your oven can generate a lot of unnecessary heat that ends up trapped in your home only to be circulated into every room. Avoid this added heat by making cold dinners or by taking the cooking outside.

A summer barbecue is a great way to avoid overheating your house and to spend more time with family and friends! You can either host a neighborhood barbecue where everyone contributes, or you can do a family style one.

Some other summer dinner ideas include:

  • Pasta salad

  • Barbecued shrimp salad

  • Sandwiches

  • Gespacho

  • Smoothies

Maintenance

All of the steps that we’ve mentioned above will be incredibly helpful in keeping you cool and comfortable all summer long, but there’s one thing that will help more than anything else. Seasonal maintenance is so essential to the functionality and efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

In a routine check-up, your technician will be able to spot any abnormalities or problems before they become significant issues, and before you need that cool air the most.

We even offer maintenance programs that include:

  • Multi-check point service

  • Discounts

  • Warranties

  • Service reminders

  • Pre-season scheduling

  • Priority service

With a variety of different plans available, you have the freedom to choose the plan that works best for you, your home, and your budget. Call Redlands | Henry Bush Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning today or visit our website for more information on how we can best serve you!

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