As the temperatures continue their climb in the Valley of the Sun, snowbirds are turning back to north country and many of us desert dwellers are planning for three months of hibernation. But living in 120-degree weather doesn’t have to be daunting. When you know how you can cool off during the summer, the heat wave is almost enjoyable (as long as you own a solid pair of shades).
In fact, a little positivity can go a long way. Over the next few months, tourism and traffic won’t be nearly as bad. This means, ease of access will be improved and you won’t have to keep your head on a swivel for senior citizens behind the wheel!
Although it may seem more logical to stay indoors until October arrives, learning how to embrace the Phoenix climate can be liberating. No matter what you’ve done in the past, there are always additional opportunities to cool off in Arizona.
Smart Ways to Stay Cool From June-August.
Since a majority of our blog is full of educational content, we thought it would be a good idea to start publishing articles that assist the Phoenix community with their cooling needs. For example, we talked about portable air conditioners and how they’re used earlier this week.
So if you can think of any topics you’d like us to cover, feel free to drop us a line in the comment section. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can cool off during the summer.
1. Covering Up Will Keep You Cool.
Have you ever driven past a construction site and felt bad for all of the workers in long sleeves and khaki pants? Well, you shouldn’t. This is because it actually helps them stay cool when temperatures rise above comfort levels.
When you take time to think about it, your body sweats for a reason. Have you ever been laying out by the pool, struggling to enjoy yourself because the sun’s rays are burning your skin? This is because you’re allowing the sweat to evaporate instead of giving the perspiration an opportunity to do what it was designed to.
Don’t Knock It Before You’re Able to Try it.
Wearing long sleeves, or even a bandana can make a tremendous difference in cooling off during the summer. Once articles of clothing are saturated with sweat, they keep the surface of your body a lot cooler than the areas of skin that are exposed to the sun.
While sweating may be uncomfortable at first, a breeze will quickly change your mind. So if you’re out shooting hoops or doing some yard work, give it a try. What may seem like a dreadful task can easily be reversed with a little understanding of anatomy.
2. Reconsider Your Desert Landscape.
When it comes to desert-living, lush vegetation is not a common decorative feature. In most cases, rocks, mulch, cacti and concrete cover the external surroundings of Phoenix properties. While this may be cheaper to lay down and easier to maintain, it intensifies the heat of your environment.
Have you ever walked barefoot on your driveway, sidewalk or a paver in the backyard in July? If so, then you probably started running on your tip-toes to escape the burn. Any type of foot covering is essential. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of ways you can use vegetation to cool off during the summer.
Walking on Watered Grass Feels So Much Better.
For starters, installing a sprinkler system and planting grass will make a huge difference in regards to heat intensity. Although artificial turf is growing in popularity, it doesn’t provide the same benefits as natural grass.
Planting shrubs, trees or a garden also presents some cooling perks. Doing so forces you to keep things watered and cool – unlike stagnant layers of gravel. Even a few flower pots along the patio or entryways can help balance out the heat.
If you want to go above and beyond, try implementing a hanging garden on the concrete walls that surround your house. Aside from absorbing some of the sun’s rays, added greenery can also provide additional shade for your living space. So, it’s well worth it.
3. Incentivise With Misters or Sprinklers.
If you’ve already got a thick carpet of grass in your yard, then why not use it? Although the idea of stepping outside may be discouraging, running through the sprinkler with your family or friends is never a bad idea.
For those of you that still need extra motivation, a simple mister system is not that expensive. Instead of sitting indoors and blasting the air conditioner all day, you can easily enjoy the back patio when it’s protected by a layer of cool, drizzling water.
So make a few margaritas or a fresh pitcher of lemonade and encourage your neighbors to stop by for a refreshing afternoon.
4. Commit to Water Parks and Pool Days.
As technology continues to advance, more and more people are missing out on the dog days of summer. While a “pool day” may sound appealing, it’s a lot easier to sit on the couch watching on-demand TV or surfing the web.
This is why it’s important to schedule and execute outings to water parks or local pools. In Phoenix, there is tons of outdoor water fun to be had. Whether you go to a lake, Hurricane Harbor, or a local resort – a good time is awaiting you.
The Pandemic Changed a lot of Behaviors.
Since last summer’s quarantine, many residents have gotten used to staying home to entertain themselves. In turn, some of our customers have even gone as far as installing a pool of their own. While this isn’t feasible for every homeowner, we’re sure there’s someone in your neighborhood that wouldn’t mind some company!
5. Invest in Window Coverings.
If you absolutely have to stay indoors, then one of the best things you can do is improve the weatherproofing of your home. Although a high powered AC system may seem ideal, ensuring the cold air stays in is one of the best investments you can make.
In the springtime, many of our customers replace weather stripping, reseal windows and doors and double check their insulation. But if you really want to add an extra layer of protection, then additional shade will do the trick. Awnings, window tint, pergolas and other types of shade-giving products will help you cool off during the summer.
6. Staying Hydrated Is Key.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the most important aspects of living in Phoenix, Arizona. If you’re not drinking plenty of water, then it’s going to be awfully difficult to cool off during the summer – or enjoy much of anything at all. So when you’re craving a cold soft drink or a slushy, do yourself a favor and get some water in your system first.
7. Cool Off With An Efficient Air Conditioner.
Despite all of the ways you can cool off during the summer, nothing beats a well-performing HVAC system. No matter how much water you’re able to enjoy, air conditioning is almost essential. Since these highly technical systems are only used a few months out of the year, maintaining them is key.
For those of you that are experiencing problems with your current AC unit, we want to take this opportunity to let you know we’re only a phone call away. Oftentimes, repairs can be more costly than a replacement. Knowing how to determine what you ought to do is invaluable. But it starts with an ability to trust your provider.
Canyon State AC Cares About the Local Phoenix Community.
If you’ve come to realize you need a new system, the last thing you’ll want to do is wait until the heat reaches its peak. Being without an air conditioner during the summer can be quite stressful. Replacing one is a decision you definitely do not want to rush.
At the end of the day, we’re not interested in selling you the most expensive piece of equipment. Truth be told, a number of factors play into a new installation – like the size of your space and the condition of your home, to name a few.
So if your air conditioner isn’t allowing you to cool off during the summer, speaking to a certified professional is the best thing you can do. If you don’t choose Canyon State, make sure you’re working with someone that cares about the overall efficiency of your decision.