10 Ways to Beat the Heat & Stay Cool at Home (without AC)
Survive those hot Summer months without air-conditioning.
There are few things more uncomfortable than the stifling heat of a Summer’s night while tossing and turning trying to get yourself to sleep. Summer can be an amazing time for enjoying time spent outside, family BBQs, days by the poolside and lounging out on the deck with a good book. But it can be a challenging season to get through when the heat of the day gets to that overwhelming point where you can’t seem to do anything without feeling sticky, sweaty and exhausted.
Below are 10 tips to help you survive those hot Summer months without air-conditioning – some basic, some a little out there, but all super effective for keeping calm and cooling down!
1. Exercise Early Morning or in the Evening
Just because it’s unbearably hot outside, doesn’t mean you have to give up your exercise routine that you’ve been working so hard to keep in motion. The key is choosing to exercise in the coolest parts of the day – that being early morning before sunrise and in the evening as the sun is setting. Exercise can become a dangerous thing if you try and bust a sweat in the heat of the day – this can result in heatstroke, dehydration and an inability to push yourself as hard as you’re used to. Picking your timings is key to being able to maintain the daily cardio session without exposing yourself to the harsh elements.
2. Paddling Pools
Paddling pools aren’t just for the kids – they can be delightful micro-pools and cooling foot spas for the adults if you’re needing some relief from the scorching summer heat. Shell pools and mini-inflatables are cheap to purchase and can be so effective when you need some quick relief and a dip in something accessible right out in your own backyard. Plus, they use less water than that of large pools so they’re still somewhat conservation-friendly whilst giving you a lovely refreshing dip in the afternoon!
3. DIY Ice Blocks
Cold foods are your best friend over the summer months. Ice-blocks have always been a crowd-pleaser, and what’s more, creating your own DIY ice-blocks at home! Apple juice, frozen berries, yoghurt, fresh fruit – these are all ingredients you can chuck together and put in the freezer to create healthier, less-processed ice-block treats. If you’re hosting a party, there’s also the option of chucking a little alcoholic beverage into your ice-block creations for a cheeky adult-only kick.
4. Refrigerate Your Clothing, Lotions – Everything
Hot weather can wreak havoc on your favourite lotions, potions and perfumes. Putting your everyday beauty supplies and skincare in the fridge is always effective in terms of preserving their lifespan and keeping them from melting or evaporating. Aloe Vera lotion is known to help with relieving the aftermath of sunburn, but it can be doubly as effective when having been cooling in the fridge before application. Clothes too can be folded and stored in the fridge for those desperate moments where you need to be clothed but you need to be cool. It might seem a little odd, but there’s nothing stopping you from thinking outside the box and putting your favourite tees in the veggie drawer.
5. Iced Favourites to a Tea
Summer doesn’t mean having to give up your favourite everyday beverages. Morning cups of tea can be replaced with jugs of pre-brewed iced tea, coffee can be switched to delicious iced versions – try a cold brew coffee, poured over a scoop of ice-cream.
6. Smoothie it Over
Smoothies are cold, full of nutrients, easy to make, and let you use up those fruit items that are almost at the stage of needing to be chucked. Use summer as an excuse to keep cool and keep your beverages cooler. Body temperature is affected a lot by what we consume via food or drink so ensuring you stick to cooler beverages is bound to help regulate your body temperature. Frozen fruit, juice and yogurt are all you need to create a delicious, healthy and cooling smoothie.
7. Change to Cotton or Linen Bedding
Cotton and linen can be expensive investments for bedding and clothing, but boy do they help when the temperatures are high. Cotton is great for allowing the body to breathe during sleep and doesn’t smother the air from circulating properly around your limbs. Linen is great for clothing because it’s breathable, light and designed to ventilate properly while in contact with body heat. Both materials are fantastic investments for manchester and clothing if you find your current items leave you sticky and uncomfortable.
8. The Power of Water
Water is essential, water is key. Drink it like it’s going out of fashion and make sure you have a bottle handy throughout the day to stay hydrated. It’s cheap and its nature’s gift to the human body so ensure you take advantage and develop good water-drinking habits over the Summer months.
9. Cooling Mats
Cooling mats are a relatively new phenomenon designed to keep our beloved pets nice and cool during Summer’s scorchers. Few will admit it but poaching your pet’s mat while they’re not using it is perfectly acceptable if you need a little human-relief via a quick catnap. Most mats can be purchased for a reasonable price, and foldable so that you can store them in the fridge before use. The soft, squishy texture makes them super comfortable and relaxing to lie on, while the cooling substance inside creates a refreshing and relieving experience on a hot summer day.
10. Put on Your Birthday Suit (if Appropriate)
Pick and choose your timing here, but in the privacy of your own home, why shouldn’t you be able to strip down and have a little time in your birthday suit! Allowing your body to breathe freely without the restrictions of clothing, even for a few minutes a day, is a great way to keep cool and relieve the heat of the day. Just make sure you don’t have friends coming over or a neighbour with an opportunistic window!
If none of the above tips and tricks appeal to you, or if you’re living somewhere just too hot to even contemplate trying to beat the heat – well maybe it’s time you moved to a new city or country! John Ryan Removals provide exceptional international moving services that can ensure you get packed and moving to a much cooler location in no time.