Ways to beat the heat

With summer temperatures rising, Muscatine residents all face some common struggles.

Below are tips on ways to keep your home cool without the added stress of what the next power bill will look like.

For easy ways to stay cool and keep cooling costs down, follow these five tips:

  1. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during the summer. Consider using a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re asleep or away to save even more.
  2. Keep drapes and blinds closed on hot, sunny days. This helps reduce the amount of solar heat coming in through the windows.
  3. Consider using fans to supplement air conditioning. Dialing up the thermostat by just 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lower air-conditioning costs by up to 14 percent over the course of the cooling season.
  4. Use heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, and clothes dryers during the cool of late evening or early morning. Better yet, hang clothes to dry or cook outdoors on the grill and avoid turning on appliances at all.
  5. Make sure your air registers and radiators aren’t being blocked by objects in your home. In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.

The six tips below are recommended to keep safe and cool as the summer months continue to heat up.

  1. Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
  2. Slow down, take frequent breaks, and drink more water than usual, even if you are not thirsty.
  3. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  4. If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
  5. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  6. If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.