Cooling the summer heat when you don’t have air conditioning isn’t easy, but here are 12 unusual, yet practical techniques that will help keep you cooler in the sweltering summer heat.
12 Unusual Ways to Beat the Heat
Summer Eating Tips that will Keep You Cool
Have you ever noticed in regions that have the hottest climates the cuisine has a tendency to be quite spicy? Really- Thailand, India, Latin America- each of these places has an extremely hot climate and it’s no coincidence they serve some of the world’s hottest cuisine.
Eating spicy foods causes your body to sweat, but doesn’t physically raise the body temperature. Once the skin has been dampened by sweat, it is immediately cooled by the evaporation that follows, naturally cooling the body.
Graze, don’t Gorge!
While it’s hot, consider avoiding large heavy meals and instead eat smaller meals, more frequently. Your body produces more heat to digest larger meals and will make you feel hotter and more sluggish, making the heat more pronounced.
As a child, you may have had a cool cloth placed on your forehead during a fever or other sickness. That trick isn’t just for fevers! Gently chill your pulse points, particularly the forehead, temples, wrists, and back of the neck with cold water for immediate relief from the heat. For fast relief, just hold your wrists under cold running water for about a minute.
Reverse the Air
If you’re running fans in your windows, be sure that you face them so that they are blowing OUT instead of IN. This sucks the heat out of your house, cooling it faster.
Cooling Window Tricks
It’s considerably easier to cool a house a night when the temperatures drop, so open your windows in the evening (if it’s cooler outside in your area!) Then, close the windows first thing in the morning and pull the shades to help keep the sun from beating in through the windows and raising the temperature in your home. This simple trick can reduce the heat increase by as much as 45%. Just remember, the more layers, the better
Another option is to install Reflectix insulation on your windows to block out the heat.
Ice It, Easy Fan Trick
If you have a couple of fans inside the house to help circulate the air, set a full bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan. As the air blows across the ice, it will create a cool breeze, creating a homemade “air conditioner” of sorts. It’s also known as a swamp cooler, and here are complete directions for making your own air conditioner for about $10.
Reduce Night Sweats
Falling asleep in a hot bedroom is not easy! Make your own cooling cachet by filling a clean sock with dry, raw rice. Wrap it tightly with an elastic band or hairband, or simply tie a knot in the end. Toss it the freezer for a few hours. Just before bedtime, place the cooling cachet between the sheets to cool them off, moving it as needed. The rice will hold the cold for a couple of hours.
It might seem strange to be worried about your fireplace in the summertime, but leaving a damper open actually allows hot air to get sucked Into the house, raising the temperature. Keep the damper closed during the summer months!
The light bulbs in your home tend to generate a lot of excess heat. Think about it, Easy Bake ovens were powered by a light bulb to bake cakes!
If you haven’t already changed to energy-efficient compact fluorescents, now would be a great time. Compact fluorescent bulbs produce almost 70% less heat than their standard counterparts and will also reduce your electric bill each month.
Weatherstripping isn’t just for wintertime! Just as you don’t want cold air blowing in around the windows in the winter, you don’t want hot air seeping in either. Caulk around unsealed window frames, install rubber gaskets behind the electrical outlets and light switches to seal leaks.
If you have an air conditioner, be sure that you clean the filter regularly. This will help prevent mold and mildew, allow the air to circulate better, and keep the unit running efficiently.
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