Don’t wait for the sizzling days of summer to check your air conditioning; have it checked now to avoid a long and hot delay, waiting for service. “The number one problem we find with air conditioners in the summer is keeping the air filter clean,” says Richard Ciresi, franchisee of the Aire Serv in Louisville, Kentucky. “A dirty, old air filter will force your system to breathe harder than it should, decreasing efficiency and comfort, and increasing your energy bills and carbon footprint.” If you want to run your A/C more efficiently and effectively don’t overheat your house with other appliances, says Ciresi. “Use heat-generating appliances like ovens, washers, dryers, and dishwashers in the evening. If you use these appliances in the middle of the day when it’s hottest outside, your cooling system will have to work even harder to cool your home. And don’t place lamps or heat-generating appliances near your thermostat as it will not be able to accurately determine the room temperature and may not run as efficiently as possible.” Ceiling fans are great addition and can help reduce A/C costs. Remember to switch the blades to a counterclockwise position for the summer months and only run them when someone is in the room. “Running the fan doesn’t lower the temperature, but it does increase evaporation from your skin to help you feel cooler,” says Ciresi.
Hot and sweaty feet are no picnic on a blistering hot day and though we would love to wear flip flops every day, that doesn’t always jibe with our business attire. The key is to keep your tootsies dry. “Sweaty feet are more likely to develop athlete’s foot infections, warts, and blisters,” says Joan Oloff, DPM and Founder of Joan Oloff Shoes. One tip we’re probably all guilty of is not drying off between our toes when we get out of the shower or out of the pool. “Just a little bit of moisture can lead to increased sweating through the day,” says Dr. Oloff. When your feet start to sweat, make sure to change your socks right away. Better yet, buy socks that wick away moisture if you’re prone to sweaty feet. Dr. Oloff recommends wearing breathable leather shoes and sandals, rather than ones made of synthetic material. Remember, your feet can get sunburned too, so don’t forget to slather them with sunscreen. Can you clear a room with your stinky feet? Check out these home remedies for foot odor.