Get ready for a scorcher!

Friday, March 23, 2012

We are getting ready for a hot humid summer.

I have never lived in a home with air conditioning so technically our home does not have HVAC. I have heating, of course, but the ventilation and air conditioning portion of that acronym is not one of the luxuries we own. Last year Michigan had a solid month of high temperatures with a heat index of 110 F and with the early spring we have had so far this year, meteorologists are predicting a record breaking summer. Michigan is surrounded by water, so when we have heat, it is the humid kind and makes one very uncomfortable so I am doing my homework by researching online. Before I ever approach hubby with an idea I research. I anticipate the questions that he will ask, so I can be ready.:-)

Some people believe air conditioning is bad for arthritis.

Hubby says air conditioning is bad for his arthritis so that is one of the first things I want to look at. He is right; air conditioning can affect arthritis and neuritis. It can cause trouble for those with sinus congestion, causing blockages. BUT, I can tell dear hubby that these are generally the result of overuse. Why do we find that our seniors go to warmer climates in the winter; warmer climates where running an air conditioner is common practice? Air conditioning used properly is not detrimental to your health.

The problem results from setting the air conditioner too low.

Problems associated with air conditioning are from those who work or spend long hours out of doors in sweltering heat and then come inside to an office or home where the air conditioning unit is set too low. Making your home temperature too low will cause stress on the body. The body does not do well with extreme temperature changes. We should look for a comfortable level and not operate under the consumption that “more is better”.

With air conditioning more is not better.

It is recommended to set the air conditioner at the temperature of 78%. It takes 60% more energy to cool your home to 72% than 78% and the body adapts better to a temperature that is slightly cooler than to one that is a lot cooler. Not only is it better for you to have the air conditioner set at 78% but it will save you a lot on your energy bill.

Reasons to enjoy air conditioning in your home:

  • An air conditioner will help you to be more active in your home. We all know that a sedentary life style is detrimental to any and every one. Trying to move around in your home when the temperature is sweltering is just as bad, if not worse for your health!!
  • Air conditioners help to remove dirt from the air.
  • They also improve the water level in the air we breathe. 
  • Air conditioning is important for those with breathing issues, such as asthma.
  • Air conditioning helps us to avoid heat rashes associated with muggy scorching heat.

I was able to get some wonderful information from HVAC Cedar Park and Round Rock AC, now to run this by hubby. :-) Wish me luck.

Thanks for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and cool :-) and God bless.


JamericanSpice March 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM  

It has already been a scorcher here for awhile. You'd think it was already summer! Even 4pm is like being cooked!

I agree with you about the a/c. It has to be used in the right way and like I tell everyone. Everything in moderation, not extremes.

When it's cold here. I set the heat on 69 then everyone is comfy wearing a jacket and blankets , so whien we go outside, it's not a shock and vice versa.

In the summer I keep the cool air on 78/79, so if the house hits 80 hot, then it will cool down to 79/78 and so going inside and outsie, there isn't a shock to the system when outside it 98 hot. etc.

There's always a balance.

I hope you get to convince the hubs to at least try.

Self Sagacity March 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM  

we use the ac maybe three to four days a year. otherwise it is mostly warm and not hot.

Salitype March 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM  

I live in an area in CA where temperature goes up to three digits during summer. We have no choice but run the A/C all throughout summer.


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