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Myrtle Beach Summer Heat Safety Tips

With temperatures climbing well into the 90’s, there are some Myrtle Beach summer heat safety tips you need to keep in mind.

While prolonged exposure to hot outdoor temperatures are known causes of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke, extreme temperatures indoors can also cause heat-related illnesses.

When your body tries to cool itself off in intense conditions, vital systems can become overworked. During the process, muscles, your brain and other important organs receive less blood flow. This can cause a severe drop in your mental capacity and physical ability that can put you in serious risk for heat-related health hazards.

Here are Five Cool Tips to Help you Beat the Myrtle Beach Summer Heat!

1 – Avoid high alcohol intake during high temperatures:

Conventional wisdom (or a lack of it) has a lot of people drinking more alcohol during the Myrtle Beach summer heat. Drinking high levels of alcohol during hot weather puts you at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.

Drink a lot of water to help you beat the Myrtle Beach summer heatThe high humidity levels we often have along with our Myrtle Beach summer heat tends to interfere with sweat evaporation. This interference hinders your body’s attempts to cool itself off. When the body can’t adequately cool down, your risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke increase exponentially.

Drink lots of water, not alcohol, to help you beat the Myrtle Beach summer heat.

2 -Don’t over-exercise outdoors during high temperatures:

While many people love the fact that they can tan and exercise at the same time while on an early morning summer run, excessive exercise in high temperatures can be hazardous to your health.

When the body loses large amounts of salt and water through excessive sweat, your chances of heat exhaustion increase dramatically. In addition, heavy workouts during high temperatures can lead to the loss of essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium, which also contributes to heat exhaustion.

3 – Drink plenty of water and fluids before going outdoors.

Many experts recommend an 8-ounce glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. After all, your body has not had any liquid put in since the night before.

It’s important to drink a sufficient amount of cold water or sports drinks to combat the possibility of dehydrating in the summer heat. There are six warning indicators that may be early signs of dehydration. These signs include:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling overheated
  • Dry lips
  • Dry tongue
  • Shortage of energy
  • Thirst

If these symptoms go untreated (without drinking cool fluids), they can lead to more severe types of illness including heat stroke.

4- Wear cotton clothes instead of synthetic materials:

Most people know that wearing white during the summer keeps you cooler. But were you aware that cotton clothes keep you cooler than clothes made from synthetic materials?

Synthetic materials, such as polyester, make for a good choice for outdoor clothing. However, in the summer heat, the added durability of synthetic materials compromises the fabric’s breathability. For this reason, we suggest wearing cotton clothes to aid your body’s cooling process while fighting the Myrtle Beach summer heat.

5- If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, go to a public place that does:

With temperatures and the heat-index escalating, a portable fan can only do so much when it feels like it’s 100-degrees outside.

If you don’t have access to central air or an air conditioning unit in your home, visit a mall, library or some other public place to take advantage of the AC for a few hours out of the day.

Your chances of experiencing a heat-related illness are elevated during the hottest months of the year, so employ some of the tips listed to stay cool and beat the Myrtle Beach summer heat!

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Cooling Tips For Every Budget

Cooling Tips start by looking for the Energy Star seal when buying anything new that uses energy.Summer is officially here and everyone is looking for cooling tips to not only save money, but avoid sweltering in the dog days of summer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program has announced its list of top ways to save energy, save money and protect the climate during the warm weather months. The average home’s annual energy bill is over $2,000, with almost half going to cooling and heating costs. By taking a few simple steps, American families can find ways to save energy no matter their budget.

Cooling Tips With Various Cost Levels

Cooling Tips – At Cost

  • Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule. Set it a few degrees higher when no one is home, so your cooling system isn’t cooling an empty house. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Check your heating and cooling system’s air filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make the system work harder to keep you cool—wasting energy.
  • Run your ceiling fans to create a cool breeze. If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fans, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Remember that ceiling fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan.
  • Close the curtains and shades before you leave your home to keep the sun’s rays from overheating the interior of your home. If you can, move container trees and plants in front of sun-exposed windows to act as shade.

Cooling Tips – Low-Cost

  • Remember to have your heating and cooling system serviced annually to ensure it’s running at optimum efficiency for money and energy savings.
  • Swap out incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient lighting choices—Energy Star certified lighting not only uses less energy, it also produces about 75 percent less heat than incandescent lighting, so cooling bills will be reduced too.
  • Seal your ducts. As much as 20 percent of the air moving through your home’s duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poor connections. Seal duct work using mastic sealant or metal tape, and insulate all the ducts that you can access (such as those in attics, crawlspaces, unfinished basements, and garages).
  • Make sure connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet your floors, walls, and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

Cooling Tips – Medium-to-Higher Cost

  • When buying a room AC unit, look for one that has earned the Energy Star. If all room air conditioners sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $520 million each year and 7 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 670,000 vehicles.
  • You can save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs (or 10 percent on your energy bill) by sealing and insulating your home with Energy Star. When correctly installed with air sealing, insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year.
  • Hire a contractor to seal and insulate the interior ductwork in your home (the ducts you can’t reach yourself).
  • If your central AC unit is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a model that has earned EPA’s Energy Star could cut your cooling costs by 30 percent.

Hopefully these cooling tips will help you not only save money this summer, but help you stay cooler in the process.

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Keeping Your Home Cool Without Lowering the Thermostat

Keeping your home cool in these sweltering hot days of summer can be a challenge. The typical U.S. household “loses” up to 30% of its annual heating and cooling bill to energy inefficiencies, according to ENERGY STAR®.

The good news is there are dozens of ways to help your home perform better.

As we turn our calendar to July and prepare to celebrate our country’s Independence Day, temperatures continue to soar nationwide. Implement even one of the following cost-saving moves and you can expect your home’s energy bill to drop. Implement two or more, and you can expect your bill to drop a lot.

Ways for Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

Keep it simple at the start. When the sun shines through a window on a cloudless day, it can raise a room’s temperature by as much as 20 degrees. Therefore, the first energy-saving move to review is the easiest one — simply close your home’s window blinds and shades to block out the sun.

With the shades drawn and the sun blocked, your rooms will stay cooler, and so will your home. This is especially important during the mid-day hours when the sun is at its strongest. Before you leave for work, make sure you’ve closed your blinds.

The next step to keeping your home cool is to change your home’s air filter. Air filters are meant to be changed quarterly, or monthly if your home has shedding pets. When your air filter is clean, the HVAC unit won’t have to work as hard to push air through your home’s air ducts, saving up to another 7% off your annual energy costs.

switching to incandescent bulbs can help in keeping your home cool during the summer months.Next, replace your home’s incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. This step can be costly up-front, but over the long-term, savings are big. Not only do energy-efficient light bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs last for years, but they don’t pump heat back into a room like an incandescent bulb will.

Incandescent bulbs are shown to convert 97.5% of their energy into heat, meaning just 2.5% of their supplied energy is used for light. This 97.5% then warms up your house, which costs money to cool.

And, lastly, if your home has ceiling fans, use them! When a ceiling fan is running, it can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler. Just remember that ceiling fans cool you and not the room. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room to save even more.

Keeping your home cool without lowering the thermostat is not as hard as it may seem. Use these timely tips to help you trim back on the dollars you send to the electric company next month.

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5 Ways To Cool Your House During Summer

Ways to Cool Your House

With summer heat starting to bake many regions of the country, consider these tips for helping you cool your house during summer.

Plant Trees Around Your House

Obviously this is not going to do a lot to help cool your house this year, but in future years, it’s still going to be hot during the summertime. Plant trees strategically so they’ll offer up good shade to your home in the afternoon during the summer. It can make a big difference on your electric bill and go a long way toward helping you cool your house during the intense summer heat.

Keep Blinds Closed to Help Cool Your House in SummerKeep Shades Closed on Sun-Facing Windows

Perhaps it’s obvious that you should keep shades closed on windows facing direct sun, but are you really doing it? This can make a huge difference in helping you cool your house and lower your energy bills, especially when you aren’t home. It’s estimated that white blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean

This is extremely important. Outdoor units can actually get clogged from weed pollen and other materials that are floating around in our outside air. Spray your unit down to make sure all plant debris is washed away from the unit. Make sure the filters are cleaned or changed monthly. Maintaining your air conditioner or heat pump can go a long way toward helping you cool your house, and doing it more efficiently.

Chill in the Basement

For those lucky enough to have a basement, it’s always cooler there, and it’s where you should stay when there’s a heat wave. If your basement isn’t finished, consider it one of your next home improvement projects. For those of us living in a part of the country that can’t have basements, you have to look to the other 4 ways to cool your house.

Run Dehumidifiers and Fans

Using Use Ceiling Fans to Help Cool Your House in Hot Weathera combination of air conditioning set a few degrees higher than is normally comfortable, with ceiling fans running, allows you to save a huge amount on your electric bill. Keeping ceiling fans running allows you to set the thermostat higher and still be comfortable. It’s a very energy efficient way to cool your house. Same actually goes for winter time heating as well, so make sure you purchase and install ceiling fans that are reversable.

If you have other ideas for staying cool during the hot summertime, share them with us below.

And remember, having your air conditioning system serviced on a regular basis goes a long way toward saving you money on your electric bill. Call us for an appointment, and don’t forget to grab our 20% off coupon at our website to save even more!

Heat Wave: 5 Ways to Keep Your House Cool

With summer heat baking just about every region in the country, consider these tips for helping you and your house stay cool.

Plant Trees Around Your House

Obviously this is not going to provide you a lot of relief from the heat this year, but in future years, it’s still going to be hot during the summertime. Plant trees strategically so they’ll offer up good shade to your home in the afternoon during the summer. It can make a big difference on your electric bill.

Keep Shades Closed on Sun-Facing Windows

Perhaps it’s obvious that you should keep shades closed on windows facing direct sun, but are you really doing it? This can make a huge difference, especially when you aren’t home, in keeping your place cooler and your energy bills lower. It’s estimated that white blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Clean

This is extremely important. Outdoor units can actually get clogged from weed pollen and other materials that are floating around in our outside air. Spray your unit down to make sure all plant debris is washed away from the unit. Make sure the filters are cleaned or changed monthly.

Chill in the Basement

For those lucky enough to have a basement, it’s always cooler there, and it’s where you should stay when there’s a heat wave. If your basement isn’t finished, consider it one of your next home improvement projects.

Run Dehumidifiers and Fans

Using a combination of air conditioning set a few degrees higher than is normally comfortable, with ceiling fans running, allows you to save a huge amount on your electric bill. Keeping ceiling fans running allows you to set the thermostat higher and still be comfortable. Same actually goes for winter time heating as well, so make sure you purchase and install ceiling fans that are reversable.

If you have other ideas for staying cool during the hot summertime, share them with us. Just click the comment link below and tell us how you stay cool.

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