Summer heat can be brutal. But instead of wishing the summer away, there are a few practical ways you can beat the heat and still enjoy the summer.
- Stay hydrated.
Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water. Our bodies require water in order to survive and thrive. If you try to go too long without it, you’ll end up feeling dehydrated and fatigued. Besides, by nature of what it is, the sun will zap your energy when you have extended contact with it. One of the best ways to remain cool in the sun is by drinking at least eight cups of water every day.
- Enjoy cool/cold treats.
Living at home, you more than likely have access to a freezer or a cooling unit for your food. Whether it’s the freezer/refrigerator combination or if it’s a deep freezer, take advantage of it by creating cold treats to enjoy when it’s hot outside. Ice cold lemonade is a classic drink to enjoy when you’re out in the summer heat. Take a spin on the classic drink with ice cold strawberry lemonade popsicles. After washing ten or fifteen strawberries, chop them up and put them in the blender. Take the juice of one lemon and squeeze it into the blender as well. Add your choice of honey or sugar and blend the mixture. Once the mix is in a liquid form, add it into popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours.
- Check on A/C unit.
After using the heat all winter long, it’s important to get a routine check-up of the A/C unit to make sure it’s still in good condition. Call your local heating/cooling service to take a look at the unit and make sure everything is in working order. Air conditioning tune-ups and maintenance should be a yearly routine for safety purposes as well. Doing this will also save you time and money. Besides, when it comes to staying cool, a well-working A/C unit will work at its best even when the sun is melting everyone else outside.
- Use less energy.
While the A/C is expected to get consistent use throughout the summer months, it’s important to use less energy during the day. Try to turn off as many lights as possible Keep blinds closed or lowered so that the summer heat doesn’t penetrate the inside of your house too much. Another great thing to remember is to use energy-using appliances during the evening or at night. If possible, run the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher at nighttime. They generate their own share of heat and will take more energy to use. It’s better to use more energy when it’s naturally cooler. Though the summer heat is present on many nights, it’s usually significantly cooler in the evenings.
- Avoid peak hours outdoors.
Try your best to avoid going outside during the times when the sun is at its peak. A quick Google search will show you the exact times for specific days. However, the peak hours for the heat are normally between 10 am and 4 pm. If it’s possible, try to avoid the heat during those times. Stay inside with the a/c where it’s nice and cool. This will also be a good safety precaution for your health as well.
There are tons of other ways to stay cool in the heat, which include using a portable fan or jumping in a nice pool. These five ways are just great for starters. Now go and enjoy the summer!