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Independent and Cool: Staying Cool on July FourthIt’s that time of year once again when people all across the country will wave their American flags, grill burgers outdoors, and watch fireworks with family and friends.

Since the sun will probably be beating down for most of the summer, here are a few cooling tips that you can implement for July Fourth and the rest of the season:

Hire an HVAC Technician for a Check-up

If you haven’t already scheduled an inspection of your HVAC equipment this year, then now is the perfect time. Annual checkups will keep your system running at maximum efficiency and prolong its operational lifespan.

Install a Zoned System

Traditional cooling systems aren’t very efficient because they cool the entire house no matter which rooms are occupied. A zoned system allows you to concentrate your cooling efforts on only certain areas of the home, which will cut down your energy costs and keep you more comfortable.

Keep Yourself and Your Guests Hydrated

As a general rule, you need to drink at least eight full glasses of water each day. Over July Fourth and the rest of the summer, you should drink even more. Also make sure that you keep any guests hydrated, especially children and elderly adults.

Switch to Cooking Outside

By cooking outdoors on July Fourth and other days of the year, you won’t be using the stove or oven in your kitchen. This means that the heat from those appliances won’t be increasing the temperature of your home and forcing your air conditioning unit to run longer and harder.

Close the Blinds

A simple way to lower the temperature in a room is to block the sun. This can be done with blinds, curtains, or shades. If you want to be vigilant about it, you may even want to consider blackout curtains or shades, which will completely block the light.

For more expert advice on staying cool this July Fourth or any other home comfort questions, please contact the professionals at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Orlando and the surrounding areas since 1969.