Whew! What a Friday! Temperatures broke records across the Mid-Atlantic region during the day and crazy thunderstorms followed behind during the night. Temperatures reached over 100 degrees in cities like Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Indianapolis. Weather stations are warning the public that temperatures could go even higher over the weekend. So we came up with some ways to keep cool this summer weekend.
Why Not Stay Indoors?
The best place to be is indoors, especially if you have air conditioning. Remember to do these things and you should stay as cool as a fan!
Close the Blinds, Curtains
Sunlight contribute to about 85% of the heat in a home that has the blinds open. Reduce this and your home will be noticeably cooler. Basically, it’s the glasshouse effect that heats up your home. Block as much of the Sun’s rays as possible. A good idea would be to install vertical louvers or awnings outside of the windows. Or maybe when designing the layout of your lawn and backyard you may want to consider placing trees in places that may provide shading over windows areas.
Do Not to Many Devices
Most of our appliances and devices are electrical, such as computers, refrigerators, and hot curlers. Electrical devices generate heat. The computer’s CPU temperature can reach up to 200° F. Have this in a closed room and it will heat that room up. Try using as little equipment as possible. You might even want to consider unplugging some devices that uses a standby feature, which means it is on, but in a low-power consumption state.
Downstairs is Better
Warm air travels upward due to its lighter density than cold air. So, avoid upstairs, if possible, and enjoy family time downstairs or in the basement. By doing so, not only will you save everyone from being hot and frustrated, but you may even save some money on your electric by running the AC less, if at all. (Tidbit: According to Pepco, a major utility provider, keeping your AC unit at a constant temperature — say 74°F — saves you money. They say it cost more to cool a hot room than to maintain a cool one.)
If you are traveling this weekend make sure to keep these things in mind:
Nothing Says “Fun” like Splashing Around
Yes, this is the obvious choice to go in the summer: the water park, pool, beach, lake, pond, waterhole, swamp (ok maybe not swamp). Jump in and splash around with the little ones. You will be keeping cool and having fun at the same time. Why not go for a swim, even? Throw in exercising to make this a top first choice.
Shade is Everyone’s Best Friend
Bring a few picnic blankets and enjoy lunch under a tree. Temperatures are lower in the shade. A quick bite to eat and some time off the feet maybe just what the family needs. Fruits, juice, and sandwiches makes the perfect treat when it comes time to eat. As a bonus, you will spend great quality time together where kids can share the best part of their day with their parents. Just remember to not be a litterbug and stay mindful of the ants and bees. This may be a great time to apply the sun screen and bug repellent.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Drink plenty of water, constantly. It may be a good idea to note where all the restrooms are nearby. The body will continuously lose water through perspiration. Replete with water or other non-carbonated, non-alcoholic fluids.
Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!