Summer has arrived, and with it comes unbearable temperatures. Some may think the best escape from the sweltering heat is a room with the air conditioning blasted. Although a blast of AC is nice, there are plenty of other ways to stay cool during these hot summer days that will not break the bank. Here are ten creative tricks to beat the heat and stay cool this summer.
Trick #1: Turn the lights off.
One of the best parts about summer is the sunshine. Not only does the sun give you that nice summer glow, the sun can actually help to keep you cool. Any type of power or electricity in a home generates heat, so when the lights are on in the house, they will generate unnecessary heat that will warm your already warm home. Embrace natural sunlight and keep the lights off during the day and evening before the sun sets. Not only will you keep the house cool for the summer, you will save money on electricity too!
Trick #2: Dunk your feet in cold water.
Feet are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. It might sting at first, but consider dunking your feet in some cold water, or spraying them with cold water from the hose. Once your feet are cold, the rest of your body will quickly follow suit.
Trick #3: Stay away from the stove and oven.
Summer is the time for barbecues and outdoor eating. It is not the time to cook a full meal in the oven or on the stove. Not only do both of these appliance let off heat into the house, they waste energy that you do not need to use. Take a break from cooking or baking, and instead stay cool in the kitchen. Stick to salads or fruits. Make simple meals that do not require much cooking time. Who doesn’t love a refreshing salad after a long, hot day?
Trick #4: Freeze your fruit.
Fruit is best in the summertime, but everyone knows how quickly fruit can spoil. Why not freeze those fresh blueberries or bananas? Frozen melon can be great to suck on after dinner. Frozen grapes taste like candy, and will cool you down while you eat them. Frozen fruit can be a quick and easy treat for sweaty kids who have been playing outside all day, and for the parents who have been chasing after them!
Trick #5: Open windows in the morning and night.
Sometimes it gets too hot to keep the windows open all day. But even on those unbearably hot days, keep the windows open in the early morning and the late evening, before and after the hottest part of the day. With the windows open, you will have a nice cool breeze running through the house to begin and end the day.
Trick #6: Wear loose and lightweight clothing.
Everyone knows the feeling: you are sweating and all of your clothes are stuck to your body. It is not a pleasant feeling at all. But this summer, you can avoid that uncomfortable feeling by wearing loose fitting and lightweight clothing. Looser is always better for the summer heat. Try to wear cotton whenever possible. Cotton absorbs sweat and helps your body to stay cool in the summer heat. In a loose cotton t-shirt, you can enjoy the warmth without feeling uncomfortable.
Trick #7: Wrap a cold towel around your neck.
Just like your feet, the back of your neck is a very sensitive part of the body, and is especially sensitive to temperature. Place a wet towel in the freezer for a few minutes, then when it is nice and chilled, wrap it around your neck. This will help the rest of your body cool off and and help you stay cool and collected on those uncomfortably hot days.
Trick #8: Pop clothes in the freezer.
A freezer is good for more than just making ice. In fact, the freezer is loaded with tricks to help keep you cool this summer. Before bed, pop your pajamas in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. When you put your pajamas back on, you will be completely cooled off and ready for a peaceful night’s sleep. Cold pajamas are a great and easy trick to stay cool this summer.
Trick #9: Use a fan.
Fans are a great way to generate air flow inside the house. But if the house is already hot, the fan might just push around warm air. Instead of moving around hot air, try pointing the fan out an open window. The fan will push the hot air outside, allowing for some cold air to move in. Another option is to place a fan across from an open window to create a cooling cross-breeze. This cross-breeze will cool off the room, and hopefully you too!
Trick #10: Heat rises, so stay close to the ground.
Basic science tells us that heat rises. This means that the higher up you are inside a house, the warmer you will be. So stay as close to the ground floor as possible. If all the bedrooms are upstairs, try having a big sleepover on the first floor with the kids. This is a creative way to have fun together and cool off from that Texas heat. The closer to the ground you are, the cooler you will be this summer.