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How to Stay Cool During the Red, White, and Blue: A Guide to Celebrating the Fourth of July


The Fourth of July is a time for celebrating our freedom, spending time with family, setting off fireworks, cooking good food, and listening to great American music. The Chain of Lakes will be full of boating activities and the smell of barbecue will be lingering in the air for hours. As the weather heats up for this celebratory weekend, now is a good time to make sure your friends and family can stay cool if you find yourself retreating indoors to beat the summer heat. Here are some tips to make the most of your AC while enjoying the holiday:

Optimal Temperature Settings

Set your AC to a comfortable temperature that keeps you cool without overworking the system. The ideal range is typically between 72-78°F (22-25°C). This not only keeps you cool but also helps conserve energy.

Use Fans Wisely

Ceiling fans can complement your AC by circulating cool air throughout the room. Make sure your fan is rotating counterclockwise in the summer to push air downward and create a wind-chill effect. This can make the room feel cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing comfort.

Plan Evening Activities

As the sun sets and temperatures begin to cool, plan outdoor activities such as watching fireworks or stargazing. This allows you to enjoy the cooler evening air while celebrating the spirit of Independence Day.

Create a Comfortable Environment

Enhance your indoor comfort with chilled beverages, light snacks, and comfortable seating arrangements. Set up areas where guests can relax and enjoy the holiday festivities without feeling overheated. Have water and ice stations to make sure your friends and family stay hydrated.

Avoid Heat-Generating Activities

During the hottest parts of the day, avoid activities that generate additional heat, such as cooking on stove tops or running large appliances. Instead, opt for outdoor grilling or preparing meals that don’t require extensive heat indoors.

Maintain Your AC Unit

This is one of the most important aspects of keeping your house and your friends cool and comfortable. Regular maintenance ensures your air conditioner operates efficiently. Replace air filters regularly (usually every 1-2 months) to ensure proper airflow and clean vents and ducts to remove any blockages. Schedule professional maintenance annually with Ridge Energy Savers to inspect and tune-up your system for optimal performance.

Alongside keeping your house cool by using the tips above, planning Fourth of July activities that involve water or other cold aspects can help maintain a healthy body temperature while providing a fun time to celebrate with others. Here are some activities that can keep the chill and the celebration going for your family members and guests:

Water Balloon Fight

Gather your friends and family for an epic water balloon fight. Not only is it a fun way to cool down, but it also adds a playful twist to your Independence Day celebrations. Set up teams, designate a play area, and let the laughter and splashes begin!

Slip ‘n Slide

Create your own slip ‘n slide in the backyard using a long sheet of plastic, a garden hose, and a bit of soap or water for extra slipperiness. It’s a classic summer activity that promises hours of entertainment and a refreshing way to stay cool on a hot day.

Pool Party

If you have access to a pool, hosting a pool party is the ultimate way to beat the heat. Whether it’s a relaxed gathering with floats and sunbathing or a lively party with games like water volleyball or Marco Polo, everyone can enjoy the cool relief of the water.

Ice Cream Social

Cool off with a DIY ice cream bar or visit a local ice cream shop to indulge in your favorite frozen treats. From classic cones to elaborate sundaes, ice cream is a delicious way to beat the summer heat and satisfy your sweet tooth on Independence Day.

Evening Fireworks Spectacular

Cap off your Fourth of July celebrations with an evening fireworks display. Many communities host public fireworks shows in the evening, providing a dazzling finale to your day of fun and keeping you cool as temperatures drop after sunset.

Boating Fun

If you or one of your friends has access to a boat, now is the time to use it! Enjoy the breeze of the lakes and take part in the many different boating activities and events that the Chain of Lakes has to offer. Stop by lakeside restaurants to cool off, eat good food, and listen to local musicians.

At Ridge Energy Savers, we are dedicated to making your holidays enjoyable for the whole family. No matter how you choose to celebrate Independence Day, these cool activities and tips can help ensure you enjoy the holiday while staying comfortable and refreshed in the summer heat. Stay safe, stay cool, and have a fantastic Fourth of July!

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