For most of us, staying cool in the summer consists of cranking up the air conditioning and hiding out all day—we avoid going outside at all costs. Obviously this technique isn’t great for your utility bill, but the good news is that it isn’t the only method from staying dry and cool this summer. If you’re looking for few ways to deal with the heat this summer without handing over your wallet to pay for AC, read on for some suggestions that will make sure you don’t loose your cool during the steamy summer months.
Body by Water
Although some of us might not get the daily recommendation of water necessary that the human body requires, it is very wise to always carry a container with cold water, especially with sweltering temperatures above 85ºF. If you aren’t in the habit of drinking water regularly, start carrying a water bottle. This will be a physical reminder throughout the day that you need to keep drinking. We can never be sure when our body will suffer from a moment of dehydration, so it would be even smarter to keep a frozen bottle of water on hand so that it stays cold longer.
Have a Splash of Fun with Wet and Wild Summer Games
Take a walk down memory lane, and declare a water war against your family, friends or get everyone in the neighborhood involved. Take them by surprise with water balloons, water guns, slip-n’-slides or even a bucket filled to the brim with icy, cold water. It’s one of the quickest and most entertaining options for staying cool this summer. No need to pay an expensive fee to get your family into a crowded water park with crying kids and germs galore. All you need is a hose, a bucket or two, and some water balloons to have a little fun and help everyone cool down.
Ditch the Layers – Embrace Light, White, and Breathable
When hot weather and perspiring are both parts of the formula, we obviously try to wear shorts, skirts, t-shirts, and so on, but it’s crucial to keep in mind not only the fabrics that we choose, but also the colors. By selecting a light-colored or white top made with cotton along with a similar colored bottom made from lightweight linen, you will feel the temperature difference since cotton and linen are considered breathable textiles. Some people don’t really alter their outfits from season to season, they just put their sweaters away and put on flip-flops. Whether you’re indoors or outside, you can make things much easier on yourself by choosing appropriate clothing.
Reducing Power Usage
If you’re blessed enough to have central air or A/C units, they will essentially be turned up to the maximum coolness setting, around-the-clock, to maintain your house’s temperature comfortable. Make sure that you shut open windows and doors so that the cool air can refresh your home as quickly as possible. If you only have fans, or still haven’t invested in an additional cooling source, remember that it’s all the appliances and switched-on lights against your cooler temperature. These sources emit heat from the energy used to operate them, so, if the sun is shining, try to keep the lights switched-off, and shut off any other appliances or devices that produce energy. Also, fans are more efficient if they are next to an open window.
Sleeping Underneath Chilly Sheets
Primarily during this hot season, and to avoid unnecessary sweating, it’s a great idea cover up at night with just a single, cotton sheet. In general, if we aren’t comfortable while we’re sleeping, it’s hardly possible to get a decent night’s worth of shuteye. Therefore, it’s better to just use a soft, cool sheet, and if it’s unbearable in your bedroom, open a window, or put a fan near your bed to keep your temperature and the temperature of the actual bed low.
A Delicious, Frozen Treat
If all else fails, consider one of your favorite, cold treats like ice cream, Italian ice or a fruit smoothie. These delectable snacks will bring down your high temperature immediately. Plus, they are a tasty reason to get together with family or friends and unwind!
For some, summer is a dreaded season that is to be endured—not enjoyed. However, if you truly embrace the season and try to find fun ways to beat the heat, you’ll find that the summer flies by and you can survive comfortably. Information for this article was provided by the professionals of Izmirian Heating and Air Conditioning, who have specialized in air systems in California since 1924. Call today for more information.