It can be tempting to set your AC to full blast when the hot weather hits. However, you can always use these tricks to cool down and beat the summer heat naturally.
Did you know that almost 30% of unwanted heat penetrates your home through the windows? Keep an eye out, especially for the west and south-facing doors or windows. Keeping your doors and windows locked at all times will help reduce the indoor temperature by about 20 degrees. It will also help to invest in blinds, curtains, shutters, and shades.
Electronics, home appliances, and light bulbs contribute towards increasing the temperature in your home. Therefore, ensure you only use these devices when necessary. For instance, wait till you have a full load to use the washing machine. Consider dining outside to keep heat out of your home during the summer period.
Among the surest ways of beating the summer heat is staying hydrated. Ensure you drink plenty of cool drinks and water. You can also go for a cold bath instead of a hot shower to cool down your entire body. Designing a DIY facial mist also comes in handy when you need to keep your face hydrated.
Keeping yourself cool during hot summer nights is a critical consideration. Wet a sheet with cold water and run it through the spin cycle in your washer. Ensure that the sheet is slightly damp (not wet or dripping) to create a beat-the-heat blanket. You can also hang a moist sheet on open windows next to your bed to guarantee a delightful breeze all night long.
Sleeping at night can be next to impossible for most people due to the heat. However, sticking your pillow inside a plastic bag and placing it in your freezer is a quick remedy. You can also freeze only the pillowcase if your freezer is fully stocked. Luckily, you need to freeze your pillow or pillowcase for about 10 minutes only.
Did you know that fans are more energy-efficient than air conditioners? Set up a table fan and place a bowl of ice right in front of it. Your fan will blow the cool air of melting ice onto you, thus creating a cooling effect. Although it is an effective method of beating the summer heat, you need to stand close to your fan.
Want more tips on how to beat the heat naturally this summer? Check out part 2 of our series!
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