The warm weather that we have been experiencing these past few weeks have left many people scratching their heads on how to keep cool and beat the heat. Some people choose to stay indoors in an air conditioned setting, or turn to places where they can get out, like their local mall where air conditioning is offered.
Keeping hydrated is crucial to staying cool. Warmer weather temperatures make it very easy to become dehydrated. Make a commitment to keeping cool by carrying around a bottle of water with you at all times. Sometimes freezing a freezer safe bottle one third of the way is a great way to keep water colder and more refreshing. Adding mint leaves, lemon, orange or cucumber to water adds flavour and leaves a refreshing aftertaste.
A community based pool or splash pad is a great way to cool off; children absolutely love it. Some alternatives are heading to a beach or even having a water fight at a local park in your community or your backyard. On a hot day these sorts of activities are a great way to share laughter and create memories of fun times in your family. It is always an option to carry around a spray bottle with a gentle mist setting that can be used periodically throughout the day. Spritzing your skin will leave you feeling refreshed as the sun and heat will evaporate the water on your skin.
Warmer days or months can make sleeping difficult or restless. Having a fan pointed directly at you can create a comfortable breeze without making you feel chilly. I have heard some people try dampening their sheets with lukewarm water or spritzing them with a water bottle in an effort to stay cool. Some other bedtime solutions might include bagging your bed sheets and placing them in the freezer before bed or filling a hot water bottle with cold water and placing it behind the knees or at the back of your ankles may help in the cooling process.
Keep the air conditioning on a comfortable temperature. It may be useful to keep room doors closed as it is easier for your unit to cool smaller areas. One tip to keep in mind for your air conditioning unit is to ensure that the filter is clean to avoid clogging and mould growth.
Fans are a great way to promote air flow in your home and generate circulation. Portable fans can help you to save on your energy bill as they take less electricity to fun than your air conditioning unit. In warmer months or days many people notice a significant increase in their energy bills. Portable fans might be a great keep cool and energy conscious choice for you and your family.
Choose comfortable clothing that is loose fitting and not stifling. Loose clothing made of a breathable material is a good choice, as well as moisture wick fabrics that keep sweat away from your body. Linen and cotton are a few examples of breathable materials.
We hope that you will find some of these tips useful in keeping cool in this warm summer season.