By Mr. Electric on 18/07/2016

Cumbersome cooking and cleaning duties in the summer can create a less than hospitable environment in your home. But what’s a mom to do? You have limited options in your busy schedule to keep up with these demands. Luckily, there are ways to use ventilation to beat the heat – without putting any more strain on the air conditioner, or your budget.

A breath of fresh air: Summer ventilation tips and tricks…

  • Fire up fans.
    • Get maximum ventilation and comfort…
      By rotating ceiling fans counter clockwise to push air down, improving circulation to better create a wind-chill effect that will help you and your family feel cooler. Turn off motors when not in use.
    • Take advantage…
      Of colder outside air, opening windows and placing a portable fan inside to move cool air in. Still sweating? Strategically place a bowl of ice water in front of the breeze for a “chill” experience.  
  • Exercise exhaust.
    • Turn on your kitchen or bathroom fan…
      To pull hot air out of your home.
    • Think long term…
      Easily installed, whole house fans can greatly improve ventilation. Simply open windows and exhaust hot inside air out through roof vents. They use 90% less energy than your HVAC, and in cool, dry climates can completely replace it.
    • Go the extra mile… 
      Add an attic fan to further prevent heat gain through to your living space. Heat taken in from your roof that becomes stuck in your attic and keep your home’s temperatures high well after evening air cools.  
  • Go au natural.
    • Crack the windows…
      Opening the windows in your home before you go to bed is a great way to naturally ventilate. Just remember to close things up before the mercury climbs too high in the morning.
    • Create a wind tunnel…
      By strategically opening windows or placing fans to create a cross breeze.
  • Plan ahead.
    If ventilation just isn’t enough, you may need to rethink your methods…
    • Can you run the dryer, dishwasher, or prep food in the oven in the early morning before temperatures climb?
    • When you cook, is your prepping (slicing, dicing, and mixing) done before you turn up the heat?
    • Have you considered microwave or grill cooking to keep heat and humidity under control?
    • Are you eating season-appropriate fare such as salads, raw vegetables, and cold soups?

Can’t stand the heat? Kick it out of the kitchen with the help of the installation professionals at Mr. Electric® today.