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Many families employ many strategies in trying to stay cool this summer. Whether it be putting the air conditioner on blast, or by doing a cannonball into the pool, Michiganders certainly know how to beat the heat. But you should know a couple other ways that you can stay cool this summer.

If staying inside is your idea of beating the heat, try to keep a few things in mind to not only stay cooler, but to be more energy efficient. In fact, there are some steps to follow that can help you stay cool without the use of air conditioning. First, try to utilize box fans and ceiling fans in such a way that you can create better air circulation. During the day, try to exhaust the warm air out of the house, and during the night you will want to bring in the cool air from outside.

Because hot air rises, the upper levels of your home will naturally be warmer. If you have a basement, you can escape downstairs to where it will be cooler. You should also not allow the sun to overheat your home, and by closing the blinds you can block some of that extra heat from getting in. 

Be mindful of how you prepare your food at home, too. Cooking with the stove or the oven will create high levels of heat. If you need to cook inside, consider the microwave. Otherwise, head out back to your patio and fire up the grill to prepare your food.

Keeping your home cool will help, but you also need to keep your body cool. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and be sure to replace electrolytes by having a small amount of food with your water, or by drinking beverages that help replace electrolytes. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as both substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.

Cater your diet to staying cool, and you can do that by avoiding protein-rich meals. Foods that are high in protein can increase your metabolic heat, which will warm your body. And do not discredit the cooling power of water. You don’t need a pool to stay cool, instead you can take a cold shower to help lower your body temperature.

Beating the heat also means knowing the dangers that high temperatures can cause, especially to your body. You should be able to recognize the symptoms of heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Remember to stay hydrated and stay cool. For more information on how to beat the heat this summer, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.

Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415