Summer has officially started, which means the heat waves are coming. Of course, the high temperatures will be enjoyable because people will get to spend more time outdoors, and considering there aren't very many that look forward to the cold weather returning, summer is the perfect time to be active and social. But it is very likely there will be some days that the heat will be unbearable, which will lead to people scrambling to keep cool.
They'll buy fans, crack open the windows and even crank the air conditioner up to the highest, coldest setting in an attempt to avoid feeling too warm. These are definitely great ways for people to keep from melting, but the cost of keeping cool can quickly add up. Luckily, for those who don't have the money to blast their central air or even a small air conditioner for days at a time, you can still be just as cool and avoid paying the high costs. Check out these 10 ways to survive the summer heat!
No matter what kind of light bulbs you use in your home, they will produce heat. Having your lights on will make you hot and very likely irritable. Unless you absolutely need to have the lights on, avoid using them. Instead, allow the natural light to keep your home lit during the day. Come nightfall, things should cool off by a few degrees and when it is time for you to turn on the lights in your home, it won't feel so hot.
When going to bed and looking to cool off, you can place a freezer in the area where you plan to lay down. You can also place it on random parts of your body until you are cool enough. The pack won't stay cold the whole night, but it will help.
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Not only do you want to stay hydrated, you also want to make sure the water you are drinking is ice cold because it will cool you down by reducing your core temperature. Many people carry around water bottles to ensure that they are drinking the daily recommended amount of water.
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A cold bath and shower will always cool you down when you are too hot. Depending on what you decide to do after showering will have an effect on how long you feel cool, so a cold shower is better after you are no longer going to be active. For example, after a run or playing soccer with friends.
When the warm weather hits, people start to wear less and less. On those extremely hot days where it will be tempting to strip down naked but can't because you're going out in public, consider wearing cotton clothes. Cotton allows for air to circulate better and keep your body's temperature lower.
Closing the blinds and curtains won't allow the sun to enter your home and warm it up. You may not be able to keep them all closed, but preventing the sun from coming into just a few windows will have a significant effect.
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Using the oven or the stove top to prepare your meals will warm up the house. Try grilling outside if you absolutely have to cook something.
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Chances are your whole house is going to be hot, but there may be a room that is cooler than the others. This is where you want to spend your time if you aren't planning to leave the house. Ideally, if you are going to use your air conditioner or fan to keep this room cool, it is better to use it is a small room, instead of trying to cool the entire house.
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Most people eat fruit on a daily basis, so this is perfect for hot summer days. Frozen fruit and other cold snacks, like popsicles and no-churn ice cream recipes, will for sure cool you down and keep you from getting too hot. You can make your own snacks at home or head to the grocery and check out the selection there.