What do you think of when we shout out ‘Summer’? Picnics or relaxing at the beach or sipping on chilled ice-tea?
While this would just be the hunky-dory side of summer, let’s not forget that summer has a gruesome face too. The unbearable heat and humid climate can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness. Moreover, it can literally give you sleepless nights.
Though the air-conditioner would do its best to keep you cool, it only hikes up energy costs and a poorly maintained AC can worsen allergies.
Luckily, we do have some cool hacks under our sleeves. Want to know more about them? Let’s dig in.
- Cotton clothing
It’s time to bring out the loose-fitting clothing like a soft airy shirt and a pair of shorts. Choose thin and light fabrics such as cotton, which is a great choice especially during summer. Compared to other synthetics, cotton clothes keep you cooler.
- Cooler light bulbs
Incandescent lights waste around 90% of energy in the heat that they emit. Switching to environment-friendly CFLs makes more sense.
Since the days are longer during summer, try to take advantage of the natural light and keep rooms cool after dark by using minimum lights.
- Frequent showers
You must have surely guessed this one? But we can bet you don’t know the rationale behind it!
When water comes in contact with your skin, it cools you down because the water evaporates and you sweat more than usual.
If you don’t wish to get completely wet under the shower, then you can fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator. Spray it to your face after returning from outdoors.
- Stay hydrated/Cool treats
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE-CREAM! And why not? Home-made Sundaes, ice-popsicles, fresh fruit juices, and plenty of water is the best way to battle dehydration. To regain lost energy, you can also consume sports drinks that are packed with electrolytes.
- Avoid spicy food
It’s just a matter of few months that you’d have to keep away from hot and spicy food. They produce more heat in the body leaving you feeling bloated.
Swap large meals with small snacks containing low-fat dairy products and cold fruits. Beverages like tea and coffee only induce dehydration, so it’s best to avoid them.
- DIY air-conditioner
It’s true. You can actually create your own AC at home! It’s really simple.
Take a huge bowl of ice and place it at an angle in front of a fan. In this way, the air whips off the ice at a chilled and misty temperature. Believe us when we say this, it feels purely magical!
- Chop off those hair locks
Ready to flaunt a new hairstyle? Summers are the best time to experiment with short haircuts.
If you’re not willing to let go of your Rapunzel tresses, then you’d have to tie them up. This is just to ensure your hair isn’t trapping the heat by your neck.
- Let the night air in
Not many know this but during summers, temperatures actually drop at night. In that case, why not make the most of these cool hours?
Keep the windows open before you go to bed. Strategically place your table fan so that the wind from outside and the fan air combine to create a perfect cross breeze. Don’t forget to close the windows in the morning before the temperature rises.
- Heat-proof the bed
Do you have trouble sleeping in a warm room? Choose lightweight cotton bedding and sheets as its breathable and maintains airflow and ventilation in the bedroom.
You can keep the polyester, silk, and satin sheets for cooler nights.
- Reduce use of appliances
Small gadgets and electronics tend to emit heat even when they are turned off.
When the appliances are not in use try to keep the plugs out of the sockets. You not only decrease the heat levels in the house but also save energy.
It’s good to have sunshine in your life. But if you aren’t taking the right measures when there is excessive heat, you could be in for serious trouble. Some of the health risks like heat stroke can be extremely risky.
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