June 5, 2020
How to Stay Cool in Your Montgomery County Kitchen All Summer Long
As the temperature rises and summer arrives in full force, your home’s air conditioner should be ready to put in a lot of work to keep your family comfortable. However, cooking dinner and baking treats are still on the agenda for many families, and this can lead to hot, steamy kitchens during this time of the year. How can you keep your cool in the kitchen this summer while still serving up tasty dishes to your family? With a little foresight and some creative thinking!
Managing Heat Sources
When designing or remodeling a kitchen, there are many things you can do to help manage potential heat sources to reduce the amount of heat generated in the kitchen. For example, an induction cooktop is a fantastic option because the cooking surfaces do not heat up during operation, thus reducing the amount of heat that the operation of the unit generates. An exhaust fan can gather warm air and expel it out of your home. And reducing lighting sources or using lower wattage light bulbs can also help keep the area cool. The oven is really the biggest culprit in terms of heat generation, though, so we’ll need to determine ways to minimize its impact on your comfort.
Using the Microwave
While microwave ovens may not be the solution for all of your kitchen problems, it does have quite a bit of usefulness during the summer. During operation it generates little to no heat, so shifting some cooking operations to the microwave during the summer can be a boon to your comfort.
Prep Work Pro Tips
A little preparation can go a long way in keeping your kitchen cool. Consider making meal preparations earlier in the day, then do your cooking later on once the HVAC has had time to operate. Also, recipes and meals that utilize smaller pieces of vegetables and meats are great to use because smaller pieces of food take less time to cook, ultimately generating less heat.
The Great Outdoors
Perhaps the best way to keep your kitchen cool is to avoid using it in the first place! Outdoor kitchens really come into their own during the summer and should be embraced wholeheartedly if you have one. All of the heat generated in an outdoor kitchen manages to stay, well, outdoors! This turns the inside of your home into a welcome, cool respite from the summer heat. And if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen already, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about it!
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