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Keeping Cool in the Hot Summer Months

Cool DogIt's summer here in Olathe, and summer in Kansas means more than just tornado season: It also means some pretty high temperatures. The highest temperature ever recorded in Olathe was 114 degrees, and the average temperature in July is 88. Temperatures like that can put a strain on even the best air conditioner, so here are a few tips to keep cool during the hot summer months without putting a big dent in your utility bill:

  • Drink lots of water. It's not just a good way to stay cool, it's a good way to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Keeping water in the fridge can help keep it cold, and if you're going out, freeze some bottles of water and take them with you. As the ice melts, you'll have plenty of cold water to drink.
  • Use fans. Even if your AC is running, fans can help circulate air, distributing the cool air through your house more evenly. Plus, movement helps air to cool down, which means that the air the fans are pushing will be cooler than it would have if it was standing still.
  • Take a cold shower. Showering more frequently, and in cooler water, will help keep your body temperature down.
  • Go downstairs. Heat rises, so if your house has more than one floor, the lower levels are going to be cooler than the upper ones. Try to spend as much time as possible downstairs or in the basement. If you have a rec room downstairs, try watching TV there instead of in the living room. The more time you spend downstairs this summer, the cooler you'll be.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances. Lights, electronics, and other appliances generate heat. Turn them off when you're not using them. It'll not only keep you cool, it'll also help cut down on your utility bill.
  • Eat light. Instead of the hearty meals that you might have in the winter time, eat frequent, light meals of cold sandwiches, fresh fruits, and salads. This will help you stay cool, and will also keep you from having to cook over a hot stove or oven, which will keep the temperature down in the whole house.
  • Go out. If it's hot outside, that's the perfect time to hit the pool. Or spend part of your day at the mall, the library, or a movie theater. Those are always kept plenty cold, and the air conditioning there is free.

No matter what you do to cool off this summer, you're going to want an air conditioner to keep your house cool and inviting. That's where HVAC services in Olathe can be a lifesaver. At Davenport Service Company, we've been serving Olathe for more than three decades, and we can help you and your family stay cool all summer long!

Founded in 1980, Davenport Service Company has provided "Customer First" service in Johnson County, Kansas for over three decades. We provide 24/7 emergency service, preventive maintenance service, and seasonal tune-ups for commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems. If you're looking for an A/C tune-up in Olathe, call 913-441-2222 for hassle-free scheduling today!

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