Summer’s here — time for barbecues and pool parties! But how do you keep your guests from getting scorched in the San Antonio heat? Here are a few tips for keeping everyone cool during summer parties.
Get Your HVAC System Ready
If the party is going to be indoors, the best way to keep them cool is by running the A/C. But is yours working properly? Is it up to the task of keeping a house full of guests cool and comfortable?
Schedule your annual HVAC inspection at least a few days before the party. This will give your HVAC technician a chance to make any repairs to ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency.
Turn Down the Thermostat
More people in close quarters means extra body heat. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees more than you normally would to ensure maximum comfort.
Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, good airflow is essential to staying cool. Try using some oscillating fans around the party area. Even better, if you have a covered patio, you can install an outdoor ceiling fan.
If you want, you can supplement the fans with a patio mister, which can attach to your garden hose and give your guests a light, pleasant spray. Combined with the breeze from the fans can provide an incredible cooling effect.
Strategic Guest Placement
There are some areas that will end up hotter than others, so once the guests show up, it’s important to keep them away from those places. For instance, the kitchen, if the party is indoors, or the barbecue pit, for outdoor gatherings. Try to position guests as far from cooking areas as possible.
The same goes for fire pits. They’re a great feature of summer parties once it gets dark and the temperature starts to drop. Lighting it too early can generate a lot of extra heat, though. Play it by ear and make sure it’s cool enough before lighting a fire.
To ensure your HVAC system is ready for summer parties, contact us at Beyer Boys to schedule maintenance. We provide quality heating and cooling solutions for San Antonio.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).