Hot weather is no doubt lovely, but there are times when the temperatures are just too much. When this happens, you either switch on your Split System Air Conditioner if you’re at home or think of other creative ways of keeping yourself cool. After all, the last thing you want is to have a tan or, in extreme scenarios, suffer from hyperthermia or heat stroke.
Fortunately, there are a couple of tried-and-tested tips you can put in place to keep yourself cool in the summer. So without further ado, here are ideas on how you can ensure your house or body remains cool even when the summer temperatures are extraordinarily high.
1. Stay Hydrated
One of the most effective ways you can keep yourself cool this summer is by drinking lots of water. You shouldn’t be overly concerned about the water’s temperature because it’ll eventually be heated by your body. However, water will help regulate your body’s internal temperature. Therefore, always make sure you’re hydrated both during the day and evening, which means your body gets to manage the heat effectively.
2. Cool Down Your Hot Zones
It’s known that applying cold water and ice does an excellent job of cooling your body. But for this to be most effective, some of the body parts to consider include;
- Joint creases and elbows
- Behind the knees
Applying iced water or a little ice pack on these body parts leads to an immediate fall in your body temperature. As a result, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and able to cope with the high summer temperatures.
3. Wet Your Curtains
While this sounds a bit unconventional, it does work wonders in helping cool down the temperatures inside your home. But for this technique to work, you need to have your windows open to allow the hot fresh air from outside to flow over the wet curtains. The hot incoming breeze and sunlight from outside your house will then cause water to evaporate, which helps cool down the inside of your home.
4. Choose Cotton
Another way of feeling warmer during the summer is by wearing cotton clothes. This usually works wonders because they absorb a lot of moisture, unlike synthetic materials, and are breathable. Therefore, you’ll be drier and a lot more comfortable. You should also choose sheets made from cotton fabric as this too helps you feel a lot cooler due to their breathable nature.
5. Stop Cooking
Cooking on a toaster oven, burners, or oven in the summer is one way of quickly introducing heat into your home. While this might be great during winter, it isn’t quite the same in the summer when temperatures can reach soaring levels. Other than increasing the temperatures, cooking also causes a rise in the humidity levels leading to condensation and moisture buildup in your home. This excess moisture might result in several issues, such as the accumulation of hazardous bacterial growth that can cause allergies or diseases.
Avoid all these issues by eating out, grilling outside, or preparing meals that you won’t need to use your stove, such as cold soups, cold sandwiches, gazpacho, and salads.