The mercury is on the rise, which has many people turning on the air conditioning. But for those without the luxury of air con, or who don’t want to rack up the electric bill, staying cool is more of a challenge.
Fret not, though — we have a number of ways that can help you stay cool when you don’t have air conditioning.
Keep the blinds closed.
One of the best ways to keep the heat out is to stop it from coming in in the first place. Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes in through your windows, so although you’ll be spending some time in the dark, you won’t be boiling. In fact, keeping the shades drawn can help lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees! And don’t forget that cool air falls, so the temperature will be more comfortable in your basement than it will be upstairs.
Choose natural fibers for clothing.
Natural fibers such as cotton and silk help keep you feeling cooler, as they breathe better than synthetic fabrics. The same principle applies for bedding too — cotton or linen sheets will be much more comfortable for sleeping than flannel ones during the warmer months. Buckwheat pillows naturally have air space between the hulls, so they won’t hold your body heat the way that traditional pillows do, helping you rest easier.
Sip icy beverages, eat cool foods, cook outside.
Slowly sipping on icy beverages can help you beat the heat by keeping your core body temperature down. Avoid turning on the oven or stove for preparing meals in order to prevent heat from building up inside the home. If possible, prepare low- to no-cook foods and do any grilling or baking on the BBQ. If you must cook indoors, run the kitchen exhaust fan to help suck out any hot air.
Mist your face with a spray bottle of water.
Take a page from the playbook of warm weather athletes and give yourself a light mist. When air from a fan hits the water beads on your skin, it helps to bring down your temperature.
Set up several fans.
While fans won’t necessarily cool your space, they keep the air circulating, which helps you feel cooler than sitting in a room with still air. Placing a fan behind a bowl of frozen water will help create a cool breeze that can be especially refreshing on a blistering day. When the temps drop at night and you can open the windows, run the exhaust fans in the bathroom and/or kitchen to help draw hot air out and cool air in.
Take a cool shower, use cool cloths.
You want the water to be cool, not cold, otherwise your body gets a signal that it should be warming itself up -- which is not what you want. Placing cool washcloths on your neck and wrists can help bring down your core body temperature, as can dipping your feet in a bowl of colder water.
Hose down the outside of your house once the sun sets.
This is trick many older generations in the south know about. Brick and other building materials can hold heat, which slowly makes its way through the walls and into your home. By cooling off the exterior of the building, you prevent any stored heat from coming through and increasing the temperature.
If all else fails, call up and visit a friend with air conditioning, make a day of window-shopping at the mall, binge-watching movies at the theater, or head to a local emergency cooling center.
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