How To Beat The Heat This Summer
The summer heat can really take a toll on our bodies, our moods , and especially your electric bills. Don’t let the temperature get you down this year though. We’ve got your summer hacks to keeping cool this summer even if it feels like the sun is out to get you.
1. Drink more water.
Whenever your body heats up from physical activity or the hot weather outside, your internal air conditioner turns on and you begin to sweat. And remember, now that your air conditioner is using its coolant (your sweat), it is important to refill the tank — by drinking lots of H2O.
2. Keep excessive sweating at bay.
Apply deodorant, even at night, and make sure to wear breathable clothing like cotton to get that sweat under control.
3. Make a DIY AC
Running the AC the entire summer gets expensive. You can make your own pseudo-air conditioner on the cheap with some basic materials, such as styrofoam and a fan. Google “DIY AC” and choose from one of the many options that will pop up!
4. Optimize your fans
Did you know that if you face your fan out, rather than in at night, your room will stay cooler and you might be able to sleep more comfortably? Day or night, you can use a temperature controller (or build one yourself) to automatically turn the fan on or off based on the temperature and save your energy—literally. If you have a ceiling fan, run it counter-clockwise (the “summer” higher-speed setting) for optimum cooling.
5. Keep food cool and avoid using oven.
Summer might be a great time to eat outdoors, but some foods and drinks aren’t that enjoyable when heated by the sun. You can make a zeer pot (aka evaporative cooler) for your food and drinks with just two containers or create ice blocks for your cooler using old milk cartons. When it’s too hot to cook, consider making cold soups, relying on electrical appliances, or try “no-cook” or “oven-free” recipes.
6. Optimize your windows
You might not need to run your air conditioner if you pay a little more attention to your windows in the summer. Close the windows and use insulated drapes to keep the sun out during the day and open them at night when the sun is down. You can also hang a damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your home and open opposing windows or windows on the top and bottom floors for maximum air flow.
7. Stay cool while you sleep
Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some shuteye, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you feel like an insomniac in summer, cool your head with a special pillow like the Chillow or sleep on top of a wet sheet.
8. Know your body’s best cooling points
Lastly, if you’re stuck in the heat and can’t get to a cooler place, know your body’s best cooling points, like your wrist and neck. By applying ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to these pulse points, you’ll cool down more quickly and effectively.
We hope these right tips can help you stay cool enough this summer so you can fully enjoy it without feeling like you're melting!