Summer’s here in full force and it’s not always easy to keep cool without using the air conditioner. While sometimes that really is the only way, there are other ways you can cool yourself and your family that won’t add so much to your power bill.
What works best for you will depend on the conditions you live in. Some tips aren’t so great for areas with high humidity, for example. Try things out and see what’s right for you.
1. Damp Washcloth on the Neck
Soak a washcloth or bandana with cool water. Drape it on your neck. It feels great.
You can also wipe the cloth across your face and wrists to feel cooler. It’s amazing how much of a difference such a small thing can make.
2. Turn on the Fans
Before you resort to your air conditioner, turn on your ceiling fan, standing fan or any other fan you have. The motion won’t make the air any cooler in reality, but the moving air will help you to feel cooler. Plus fans are cheaper to run than air conditioners.
3. Eat Spicy Foods
It may sound contrary, but it works. Spicy foods can help you to feel cooler due to your body’s reaction to them.
4. Get Your Hair Wet
Damp hair helps you to feel cooler too. Use the coldest water you can stand, and towel dry as little as you can stand. Most people aren’t going to enjoy going dripping around the house, but on a really hot day that effect won’t last for long.
5. Spray Yourself with Water
Fill a clean spray bottle with water. Spray yourself lightly with water wherever you have bare skin. The evaporation of the water will help you feel cooler. You can even spray a fine mist into the air and walk through it.
6. Cover Your Windows
Windows are a major source of heat for your entire house. Let the sunlight through them and you’re going to heat up.
Closing curtains and blinds should be a basic step, but you can do more. Cardboard boxes look ugly, but they block a lot more heat. Covering your windows with blankets is an alternative, as is using mylar sheets to block out more sunlight.
7. Open the Windows
Different times of day, different solutions. If your nights are cool enough, an open window can cool your home nicely while letting in a breeze.
8. Eat Raw Fruits and Vegetables
These won’t cool you directly, but they’re quite refreshing on a hot day. Keep them in the refrigerator until it’s time to eat. Cucumbers are particularly popular with my family.
9. Enjoy a Frozen Treat
I make popsicles out of fruit smoothies, but any sort of frozen treat is going to feel good on a hot day.
10. Wear Cool Clothes
Dress right for the weather. Wear lightweight cotton clothes as much as you can. If not, at least go for short sleeves.
Your body can adapt wonderfully to a range of temperatures. It can cope well with hot days if you don’t always demand a thermostat set at 72 degrees F.