tips stay cool in summer r & r heating and air conditioning southern california

With the summer right around the corner, many of us are excited. We can go to the beach, hang out with friends, and enjoy the warm days. However, soon the warm days will turn into hot days and maybe even sweltering days, and a nice winter day to cool things down would not be such as a bad thing.

R & R Heating and Cooling serves Southern California, including Temecula, Palm Springs, and Irvine, with the best air conditioning repair and installation services. When those sweltering days hit, you’ll need a top-notch AC unit to help keep you cool. Below, we’ll offer up some tips to help you stay cool. Contact our air conditioning company today!


Wear Light-Colored Clothing

If you have a dark interior of your car, you’ll probably understand this tip. Dark colors absorb heat and light energy from the sun, which is why asphalt is extremely hot during the summer and can burn your dog’s paws. Light colors reflect more of the light energy from the sun, which then reflects the heat. Thus, if you want to stay cooler during the summer months, especially while outside, invest in whites and pastels.

Find a Shade Tree

It’s intuitive that standing in the sun will make you hot since the sun’s heat is absorbed by your body. By standing in the shade, you are out of the direct sunlight, keeping you cooler. However, did you know that not all shade is created equal? In fact, the shade from a shade tree is actually cooler than the shade from inanimate objects, such as a building. This is due to a process called transpiration.

Trees have to have water to survive. Thus, they constantly move water throughout their trunks, limbs, and branches in order to survive. However, most of the water that is taken in through their roots is released through transpiration. This process keeps the tree cool and aids in the diffusion of carbon dioxide, which is necessary for photosynthesis, the name for the process trees make their food. Some water is also lost as it travels along the tree. This water loss/release then evaporates, naturally cooling the surrounding air around the tree. Thus, it is true that there is a temperature difference when you sit under a tree than otherwise. Buildings, on the other hand, only radiate the heat outwards, meaning the shade of a building is only cooler because you are not in the direct sun.

Stay Hydrated

R & R Heating & Cooling in Anaheim notes that a real threat on extremely hot days is heat stroke. One way to ward off heat stroke and stay cool in the summer is to stay hydrated. It’s extremely hard to overheat when your body has the water it needs to survive (much like trees). You can do this by ensuring you carry water around with you wherever you go. You can also eat water-rich foods, such as watermelon, cantaloupes, cucumbers, grapes, and other foods that have a lot of water content. These fruits don’t take a lot of energy to digest (digestion causes your body to heat up slightly), don’t need to be cooked, and are the perfect summer foods.

Install Air Conditioning

The absolute best tip that R & R Heating and Cooling in Southern California can offer is to install air conditioning to beat the heat. When the temperature rises, it can be virtually impossible to keep the heat out of your home or office space. This results in misery all around, as you sweat just sitting around the house or office. This can not only contribute to poor productivity in the office, but you probably won’t get much done around the house, either. When you invest in air conditioning installation services, you’ll be able to breathe and move again. Call today for a free estimate!


If you are in Irvine, Anaheim, Palm Springs, Temecula, or the surrounding area, give us a call. We are offering incredible deals on air conditioning tune-up services, as well as specials on a full air conditioning installation service. If you need an AC repair, give our HVAC specialists a shout as well. Beat the heat, and call now!