As the summer heat approaches, you start looking for ways to help keep you and your family cool and comfortable. If you’d rather use natural ways to stay cool this summer, consider trying out a few of these refreshing tips.
Cool Down Your Body
Instead of focusing on cooling down the air around you, concentrate on cooling down your body. Sipping on ice water throughout the day can help you cool down from the inside out, while keeping you hydrated in high temperatures. You can also place a chilled cloth on pulse points like your wrists and neck to help lower your body temperature. Don’t forget that the clothing you wear contributes to how warm or cool you feel, too. When it’s hot outside, stick with loose cotton clothing. Not only is it breathable, it can also help wick sweat off your body.
Close Your Blinds
While you might like to let in all that natural sunshine, it’s also warming up your house. In fact, around 30 percent of all unwanted heat in your home comes through your windows. Putting up window tint, insulated curtains, or shades on your windows, especially the ones that face south and west, not only help your house stay cool, they can also save up to 7 percent on your cooling costs.
Even better, if you strategically plant trees or other foliage on the east and west sides of your house, they can provide more natural shade, and lower indoor temperatures by as much as 20 degrees.
Stay Away From the Stove
It’s no surprise that the stove puts out a lot of heat when it’s in use. During the hot summer months, try to use it as sparingly as possible. Salads are a great summertime meal since they require no heat to make, and your body doesn’t have to produce as much heat to digest a salad compared to a steak. If you must cook meat, fire up the outdoor grill. After all, summertime and outdoor barbeques go hand in hand.
Create Your Own Cool Breeze
If you’re trying to cool a room with a simple fan, there’s one trick that can make it work better. Simply take a tray or bowl and fill with it something cold, such as ice or ice packs. Position this in front of the fan so as the ice melts, the fan will blow extra-chilled air.
While this works great for a small area in one room, there are some days that are just too hot, and you need to turn on your air conditioning. Before those days arrive, make sure to call in a professional to service your air conditioner. That way, you’re not stuck in uncomfortably warm heat waiting for a technician to show up, and you know you’re not wasting money running an inefficient air conditioner.
From cooling your body using cold cloths to cooling the air around your body, these natural ways can help you and your family stay comfortable during the summer heat