Keep Cool in the Summer Heat + HM #196

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #196! This week’s theme is appropriately: Keep Cool in the Summer Heat! Here in Central Florida, the heat index has been up over 100 degrees, and we’ve been trying our best to not get overheated. I hope wherever you are you’ve been doing okay, too…but just in case you might need some new ideas, we’ll get you covered! #KeepCool #SummerHeat #HomeMattersParty

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Keep Cool in the Summer Heat + HM #196

When it comes to staying cool on a hot day, one of the most important things to do is STAY HYDRATED! I want to give you some creative ideas for doing just that this week!

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3 Liters of Water Every Day from Joana @ Mamabee

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Infused Water Inspirations from Elsie @ A Beautiful Mess

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17 Foods That Will Hydrate You This Summer from Hannah @ This Is Insider

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10 Sneaky Ways to Drink More Water from Anubha @ The Beauty Gypsy

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How to Hydrate Dry Skin During the Summer from Nicole @ Beauty on the Go with Ms. Jo

I won’t lie, I need to take my own advice on a couple of these suggestions! Which one did YOU need the most? You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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Beat the Summer Heat With These Cooling Tips

It’s barely summer and I’ve just started saying it here in Central Florida in the past few weeks: oh my gosh, it’s so HOT out! I don’t know why I feel surprised – this happens every year, right?!

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Summer may be one of the best times of the year but depending on where you live, it can also be quite oppressive. If you live in an area where the mercury hits triple digits in the midst of July, August, and September, you can give yourself, your family, and your AC a break by following these summer cool-down tips. Some of these tips will keep your hotel room, vacation home rental, or other accommodations cooler while you and the family travel during summer vacation, too!

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Block Out the Sun

Window coverings are made to give you privacy when you want and need it but did you also know they work to insulate your home all year round? In the summer, draw the blinds and curtains early before the sun beats in through the windows. This keeps the rays outdoors and the indoor cooler. It keeps the house warmer in the winter, too. When traveling, pull the drapes shut before you head out for sightseeing to keep your accommodations cooler, as well.

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How to Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Is Working Before the Summer

Living in Central Florida, Air Conditioning is a BIG deal for us! I mean, it was a big deal before, but now it’s an even BIGGER deal since we have two toddlers running around. Because, in case you weren’t aware, when a toddler gets overheated, it makes for a VERY CRANKY ATTITUDE. 

So when we bought our current home, we were happy to know that the air conditioner passed the inspection and there were no issues. Fast forward to Easter weekend this year, when we had to have a new unit installed after the compressor blew up. Even though we knew it had to be done, it was still a kick in the gut to bite the bullet and pay for it!

So when James Memije, the co-owner at AccuServ Heating and Air Conditioning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada contacted me about sharing a post here on air conditioning maintenance, I was all about it! He’s got some great tips to share – keep on reading!

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So we’ve just about “hit” summer. We haven’t had too much hot weather yet, but there was the occasional heat spike during the spring that has you worried your AC won’t be able to keep up during the hot days of July and August.

A battle planned is already a battle half won, and preparation here is key. Being proactive and checking your air conditioner will give you the peace of mind that it’s ready for the onslaught of high temperatures. So how exactly do you know if your AC is ready?

Turn it On

One simple test you can do yourself is just to try turning it on. Many homeowners don’t realize their AC isn’t even working until there’s sweat on their foreheads. They flip the switch and then… nothing! Giving it a test run during cooler temperatures (not too cool or you’ll damage the system, above 60°F is ideal) will help you detect a dead AC unit early and make the fix before the real heat moves in.

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Superheat and Subcool

Now that you’ve completed this basic test, more in-depth tests will have to be conducted by a trained air conditioner professional. These tests will give you a better picture of the AC’s overall health.

One of the first tests an AC technician will perform is a “Superheat and Subcool” calculation. No, these are not comic book heroes, even though names sound perfect for the next Marvel movie. In a nutshell, these calculations allow the technician to confirm the AC is operating at the correct pressures and temperatures. If any of these numbers are off, you may have developed a refrigerant leak, blockage or another refrigerant flow issue.

Without this test, your AC may slowly be failing, which you won’t realize till the hot weather hits!

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