How To Cool Down

It’s that time of year again, when the temperatures reach the triple digits and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t keep comfortable.  It feels like hell on earth and no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to find any relief.  Well, here are a few tips which might help just a little bit if you find yourself in the middle of a heat wave with no air conditioner in sight.

-Drink plenty of liquids.  I know this one seems obvious, but dehydration is a real health risk when the temperatures soar.  Drink water or juices.  Avoid soda, caffeine, and alcohol.  They don’t hydrate you properly. 

-Wear a brimmed hat when outdoors.  Keeping the sun out of your face will help keep your body temperature down.

-Invest in a good fan.  The fan will circulate the air making your home feel just a little less like an oven.  Just be sure and place the fans where they are blowing down, not creating an updraft.

-Take cold showers or soak in a cool bath.  The water will reduce your core temperature and wash off the sweat which feels so miserable. 

-Avoid strenuous activity while in the heat, not that most of us need an excuse to avoid physical work.

-Invest in a small, battery operated fan to carry with you.  Now, you can even purchase these fans with a small spray bottle attached. 

-Put large potted plants in front of windows.  They absorb heat and clean the air. 

-Don’t use your stove to cook.  Eat cold foods or grill outside.  If you must heat something up, use the microwave.

-Incandescent light bulbs produce heat, so whenever possible use compact fluorescent bulbs or turn off the lights.

-Put insulated drapes over your windows.  They’ll keep the heat out in the summer and in during the winter.  Installing awnings over your windows can also keep the heat out.

-Wear loose, light colored clothing which lets air move around you.  Dark colors and tight clothing hold heat in.

-Open your windows at night when the air temperature outside is less than the temperature inside.  Close them in the morning when the temperature starts to rise.  Keep the blinds closed to keep the sun out.

-Wear cool collars or headbands.  These are items which are first soaked in cold water and then worn around the neck or head.  They help you keep your body temperature lower in the heat.

-If you are outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible.  The temperature is always a few degrees less in the shade, so take advantage of it.

-Run cold water over your wrists, ankles, behind your knees, and neck.  This is where the veins are closest to the skin and cool water in these places help keep you comfortable.

-When outdoors, breathe out of your nose, not your mouth.  Breathing from your mouth requires your body to use more moisture, making you dehydrate quicker.

Above all, keep a good attitude.  Humans have lived without central air for thousands of years and did just fine.