Air conditioning is great when the thermometer hits peak temperatures but what about those in between days?
The days when you just don’t feel as though you can justify turning the aircon on. The days when you think to yourself ‘I don’t really want the electricity bill to burn a hole in my pocket this month’.
Or maybe you’re living in a house or a unit which doesn’t have the luxury of an air conditioning system. So you’re sweating through the summer trying to think of things you can do to cool down.
Whichever one of these applies to you, try out these tips below to keep your cool in the summer months.
Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counter-clockwise
The way that your ceiling fans are turning will affect the amount of cool air being circulated around the room. By setting the fan to counter-clockwise, it will push the cooler air down and work more effectively. A lot of fans will have both a winter and a summer setting. Make sure yours are set to the right the season.
Tip: Try to keep your fans clean and well oiled so that they are turning smoothly and give the maximum amount cooling to your rooms.
Only have a free standing fan? No problem…Place a bowl of iced water in front of it
This will give the room that extra blast of freshness that you’ve been hoping for. Apparently back in the day, this was quite a common method people used to keep cool.
Think of it as a DIY aircon unit.
As the air blows over the cold water, it will create a refreshing breeze to circulate around the room. This is a great alternative to using your aircon on those really sticky days. If you have small children running around and don’t like the idea of having a bowl or bucket of water sitting around, then you can use bottles of frozen water instead.
Don’t have ice handy? Dampening a tea towel or cloth with cool water and hanging it over the front of the fan will also have a similar effect.
Keep blinds, windows and doors closed
This may turn your home into something resembling a cave, but honestly it’s worth it.
By keeping your blinds, windows and doors closed, you’ll be able to minimise the amount of heat from the sun entering your home, in turn keeping it cooler throughout the day. This is especially effective when you have the hot afternoon sun trying get in through the larger windows of your house.
Avoid using the oven as it’ll just bring extra heat into the house
When it comes to keeping cool, it’s not just about making sure hot air stays out, you also want to ensure that you don’t create any extra heat indoors too.
A healthy salad? A BBQ? Got a slow cooker? Try and think of alternative ways of cooking so that you’re not filling the house with unnecessary heat. Once the heat is in your house then it can sometimes be difficult to cool it down again.
If you do have to cook though, be sure to use the exhaust fan (if you have one).
Unplug electronic items
Similar to above, it’s all about keeping the heat inside to a minimum. Think laptops, chargers, televisions; anything which might be creating extra heat.
Turn them off and unplug them – it may not seem like much but every little helps!
Drinking heaps of water is very important during hot weather. If you’re sweating a lot, that means you’re losing fluid. Dehydration can make us feel more stressed and exhausted – who needs that on a stinking hot day? Plus, it’s not hard to enjoy an ice cold drink when the temperatures are high.
If you’ve had enough of water then why not try nibbling on watermelon, celery or cucumber, they’re delicious and packed with water.
Think about what you wear
Natural fabrics like linen and cotton are the best choices for keeping cool as they will allow your skin to breathe. Not only that, but they allow any moisture or sweat from your body to evaporate.
Always wear loose fitting clothes too as they will allow the air to circulate around your body and make you feel more comfortable.
Dampen a cloth or small towel with cold water and place it on your neck
By placing a cool towel on your neck or wrists, you are guaranteed to lower your body temperature. Your neck and wrists are known as quick-cooling (pulse) points, meaning that because your blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface in these places, you will cool down faster.
Keep your body temperature down by taking a tepid shower (not a cold shower),
A tepid shower will cool you down more than a cold one. If you have a cold shower, it might feel great at the time but as soon as you step out into the heat, your body will be struggling to regulate its core temperature. This means that your body will keep more heat inside, in turn making you warmer.
If the water is tepid, then you won’t have to work so hard to warm up – although the relief isn’t instant like with a cold shower, you will feel the benefits afterwards.
Make your own cooling spray
Brew up some peppermint tea, leave it to cool and place it in the fridge. Then transfer it into a spray bottle and voila, you have a cooling spritz which is guaranteed to leave you feeling minty and fresh! Spray it on your neck and wrists for instant relief.
Use the right fabric for your bedsheets
There’s nothing worse than being too hot and sticky when it’s time to go to bed.
Make sure to throw off the fleecy blanket and thick duvet and swap them for breathable cotton sheets.
Freeze your sheets and pyjamas
It might sound like a joke but placing your pyjamas and sheets in the freezer will help to keep the night time humidity away. Place them in freezer bags a pop them into the freezer for a few hours. When you’re ready to go to bed, just remove them and use as normal.
If it’s really hot then they won’t stay cool for long, buy hopefully you’ll be kept refreshed for just enough time to fall asleep!
Freeze your water bottle and put it down by your feet in bed
Who said that a water bottle could only be used during cold weather? Simply fill it with water, pop it in the freezer for a few hours and place it at the bottom of your bed. Keeping your feet cool will help to lower your body temperature as your feet are also a quick-cooling (pulse) point on your body.
Make your own cool pack with rice
If you don’t have an ice pack or a hot (but in this case cold) water bottle, it’s so easy to make your own. Just place some rice in a cloth bag/sock/small pillowcase, seal up the end/tie a knot in it, put it in the freezer for a couple of hours and you have your very own homemade ice pack!
So there we are, I hope that you’ve found something useful on the list to stay cool during the summer months.