Summer’s scorching heat can be brutal to our bodies, our moods, and our monthly energy bills. But that doesn’t mean alternative cooling methods aren’t available besides cranking up your air conditioning unit.
The following are seven tips to help you stay cool during these hot few months:
- Stay hydrated. When you’re sweating a lot, either because of the summer heat or exercise, drinking enough water is very important. Think of your body as an air conditioner. Whenever it heats up from hot weather or physical activity, your internal AC switches on and you start to perspire. With water acting as the coolant, you must refill your tank by drinking plenty of it.
- Be mindful when you exercise. Do not let the heat discourage you from staying in shape. Avoid the sun when it’s strongest and exercise in short bursts. In addition, you can switch to water sports to remain active while staying cool.
- Avoid using the oven. Eating hot food can increase your body temperature. So consider making cold soups or try “oven-free” recipes. Plus, you can save on your gas bill.
- Keep cool when you snooze. The heat can negatively affect your ability to sleep. Go to bed with damp hair or even a damp blanket (Egyptian method). Freeze a bottle for a bed-friendly ice pack.
- Optimize your windows. Window leaks and gaps can cause air flowing through your house to escape, causing your AC unit to work even harder. Ensure that these lakes and gaps are sealed and close your windows using insulated drapes to keep the sun out during the day.
- Cool down your car quickly. Roll down one window, then open and close the opposite door four or five times to cool the car down.
- Be aware of your body’s best cooling points. Whether it’s your neck or your wrist, apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel to these pulse points to get cool quickly.