Jul 05

Beat the Heat in Kansas City, MO

It’s the middle of the summer, and it’s boiling outside.  Kansas City can get pretty warm this time of year, so you’ll need to be thinking about ways to beat the heat.  Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep cool.

Stay indoors during the heat of the day (the afternoon and early evening).  If you do need to do yard work or run errands that require you to be outdoors for a good amount of time, try to schedule them early in the morning or later in the evening.

Look to alternatives to meals baked in the oven.  If you’re just feeding yourself or a few people, look into using a toaster oven as an alternative.  These small electric ovens can bake meals just as well as a full-sized oven but they don’t put out nearly as much heat.

Instead of cranking up the air conditioner, use fans.  They help circulate the cold air.  Also make sure your doors and windows seal tightly so none of your cold air escapes.  Another way of saving on your energy bill is to hang curtains designed to help insulate your home.

If you have elderly neighbors, check in with them to make sure their homes are properly cooled and that they have fans in case their air conditioning goes out.  Do the same with any elderly relatives, and make certain they know to call you immediately if they do lose air conditioning.  The elderly are susceptible to heat stroke, so be sure they’re safe.  If they’re outdoors, make sure they wear hats or sit under a sunscreen.

Don’t forget that your pets need help with the heat, too!  Keep their water bowls full of fresh, cool water.  If you have a dog outside, spray down your patio during the morning so he has somewhere cool to lie on during the hot afternoon.

Make your home look cooler with a fresh bouquet of summer flowers.  Their bright colors and great scent will help you ignore the heat!

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