It’s typically clear skies in Glendale, Arizona, and with little cloud cover that means temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit from sunrise to sunset. Winters can be cool yet comfortable most of the time, but summer months can bring sweltering heat with average temperatures above 98 degrees! High heat starts in May and lasts into September, so staying cool is an ongoing priority for months. What can Glendale residents do to keep cool? Here are even simple things you can do:
- Check Your AC Unit – That may seem obvious, but the time to be sure your air conditioning system is working is BEFORE the high heat hits. That means check for leaks, change the filter and clear away any debris and dirt around the compressor and coils. Check out the detailed cleaning tips in this article [link to Scottsdale article].
- Stay Hydrated – The classic rule of eight 8-oz glasses of water daily is a good starting point. This is actual water, not sodas, coffee or tea that can actually dehydrate you. Struggling to drink enough water? Keep it simple with one glass in the morning, two glasses with each meal and one before bed. In extreme heat, you may need to drink even more water, especially if you’re outside or if your AC Unit isn’t working.
- Walk Your Dog in the Dark – Practice safety first, but it’s not a bad idea to get outside as the sun comes up and as it sets. The naturally cooler temperatures prevent both you and your pooch from heat related stress. And, think how good you’ll feel knowing you’ve both had a bit of exercise before your busy day gets started.
- Turn Out the Lights! – More than a classic Teddy Pendergrass song, keeping unnecessary lights off eliminates additional sources of heat. And, while you’re at it, close the blinds, sit back and sip your water while you listen to the cool tunes of Mr. Pendergrass. What a great way to chill out!
- Take a Nice Cool Bath – Granted a nice hot bath is usually the recipe for relaxing at the end of a stressful day, but a cool bath can do wonders to bring down your body temp. When it gets unbearable, step into a cool tub and kick back. If it helps, pretend your bathtub is a tiny pool – floaties are optional.
- Get Out – This is especially good advice if your AC Unit isn’t working and you’re waiting for your HVAC repair appointment. What a great excuse to cruise the mall, catch the latest movie or browse a bookstore – all places with working air conditioning systems! Head out during the heat of the day if you can.
- Be Prepared and Portable – In Glendale, AZ it’s a good idea to be ready for the inevitable – you, waiting for an air conditioning system replacement. While you hope it never happens, having a small window or portable AC Unit on hand can get you through the hottest days in comfort. While neither can keep your entire house cool, you can make the most used room (bedroom or office) in your house tolerable.
If you find yourself facing air conditioning system repair or replacement, CentralAir.com can help save you up to 50% on new AC units. And, if you’re in an emergency situation, we can often help with temporary solutions. Our AC Specialists are available 24/7, so contact us with your Air Conditioning questions.