Redding is no stranger to hot, dry summers. During the heat of summer, many of us use our homes as a haven by turning up the air conditioning to lower the temperature. For the last few years, summers in the Redding area have not only been hot, but also accompanied by wildfires, bringing smoke and ash into homes and businesses. Will this year be the same? Time will tell, but it is prudent to prepare for summer heat and for wildfire smoke. Here are a few ideas to help you endure – and even enjoy – the heat of summer.
Tips to Deal with Summer Heat
Give your cooling devices a checkup – it’s easy to forget about maintaining equipment. We might not even think about our air conditioners until the temperature increases, but air conditioners need attention. Replace your air filter on the schedule recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure nothing is lodged in the fan housing and inspect all vents to make sure they are clear of debris. If you use a swamp cooler, ensure the water pump is in working order and the evaporative pads are clean before turning it on.
Keep hydrated – drinking sufficient fluids lessens fatigue and prevents heat stroke. Focus on water and specialized hydration drinks. You can also eat “water-rich” foods like watermelon, strawberries, peaches, and cantaloupe.
Vacuum frequently – keep your home free of allergens, pollutants, and particulates with a regular vacuuming regimen. Like your air conditioner, make sure to clean the filters of your vacuum to preserve its efficiency.
Professional carpet cleaning – Scheduling a deep clean by Preferred Carpet Care makes sure your family isn’t affected by microscopic allergens, organisms, and smoke particles.
Inspect your furniture – Make sure your HVAC vents are not blocked by furniture. Don’t let your sense of décor restrain you from keeping comfortable during the summer heat!
Of course, a great time to inspect your house is in preparation for a professional carpet cleaning. You can schedule an appointment using our online form. We’re happy to help you keep your carpets clean and your house protected from wildfire smoke.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On May 30, 2022