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Summer Cooking Mistakes that Cost You Energy

Cooking Without Heat

The summer months are a popular time for get-togethers and big family gatherings. Unfortunately, the combination of a large crush of people and a lot of cooking will leave your home sweltering in the hot Northfield, Illinois, summers. Use these tips to keep your kitchen cool so you can stay comfortable for all your summer events.

Peeking at Your Dishes

While it’s important to keep an eye on what you’re cooking, you should check your food as little as possible during the cooking process. Place a lid on stovetop pots and pans to keep the heat in. Look in at your dishes infrequently. Opening the lid allows heat to escape, reducing your cooking efficiency and warming up the kitchen.

Using the Wrong Cookware

Never use a pot or pan that’s bigger than what you need for the job. Use cookware that’s right for the task, and place it on the smallest possible burner. If you can see the burner peeking out around the edges of your pot or pan, excess heat is escaping.

Always Using the Stovetop

If the stovetop is your go-to for preparing meals, step back and consider alternative options for getting the job done. Heating food in the microwave is usually quicker and more energy-efficient. Cooking outside on a grill will minimize heat in the home so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep up with the heat you’re generating in the kitchen.

Cooking What Could Stay Cold

While many dishes are better served hot, there are also a number of items that are just as tasty when they’re cold. Swap your cooked vegetables for a crisp side salad. Try bread and butter instead of toast. A cold sandwich is often more satisfying than a grilled one on a hot summer day.

If you’re still struggling to keep your home cool, contact Ireland Heating & Air at 847-388-0108. We’ll help you keep your air conditioner in top condition so you can tackle all the challenges of hot Illinois summers.