I'm sure I don't need to tell you that much of Massachusetts and the surrounding states are dealing with a heat advisory today and for the next few days. The high temperatures combined with the level of humidity is making the heat index (aka how how it really feels outside) rise to over 100 degrees. These conditions are not safe for people or pets, so here are some tips to help you stay as cool as possible:
- Make sure your ceiling fan blades are rotating in the right direction
Many people are unsure which way their ceiling fan should operate in summer versus winter. During warmer months, you want to make sure your fan is operating in a counter-clockwise direction. This motion helps produce a breeze. During the winter, change your fan so the blades are moving clockwise. This pushes the warm air downwards for more effective heat distribution.
- Check your air conditioner's filters
Having a clogged filter makes your AC unit work that much harder to produce cold air.
- Consider where your AC unit is located
An air conditioning unit located in a shaded area is utilizing air that is naturally cooler, therefore it has an easier time cooling the air and distributing it.
- Don't cool the whole neighborhood
Check to make sure there are no air leaks around your air conditioning unit. Seal them with weather-stripping.
- Consider your landscaping
Did you know that landscaping with too much rock, cement or asphalt on the south or west sides of your property can increase the temperature inside your home? They trap and radiate heat if not located in a shaded area.