3 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cool This Summer
Maintaining a cool kitchen during the summer months is crucial to boosting your HVAC efficiency. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done for Orange Park, Florida, residents. Here are some tips to help.
Don’t Use the Oven
The quickest way to heat up the kitchen is to turn on the oven. While tempting to whip up a baked dinner or dessert, your best bet is to avoid using the oven on the hottest summer days. Instead, try using a toaster, the microwave, or your outdoor grill to keep things cool in the kitchen — and throughout your entire house.
If you must use the oven, turn on fans to keep the air moving. Turning on the overhead oven fan is a good start, but it won’t move the air around the room. Your best bet is to bring in a box fan, window fan, or even a compact fan and place them in strategic positions to blow hot air outside and bring fresh air inside.
Place a window fan in your kitchen window with the air blowing out. You can then position another fan inside the room to blow toward the window fan, which keeps the air circulating. As a bonus, when you use fans in conjunction with your air conditioner, your HVAC system runs more efficiently because it doesn’t have to keep up with the excessive heat building in your kitchen.
Plan Your Meals Ahead
Avoid using the oven altogether by planning your meals in advance and using a slow cooker or rice cooker. Countertop appliances that slowly cook your meals while you’re away from home don’t heat up the kitchen like an oven, and you can make anything from meat to side dishes with ease.
Make sure your air conditioning is ready for the heat of summer by calling Mike Merritt’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 904-240-4038. Our annual HVAC service appointments keep your system working like new, which also helps you enjoy energy savings.