It’s that time of the year when the grey clouds make way for the mighty sun, to illuminate in all its glory. The departure of winter and the arrival of summer which makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.
Or at least at first.
The season that brings the joy of eating an ice cream and beach picnics. Soon fills us with dread and burns making us panic.
With rising temperatures and the trend of increasing temperatures, this year seems to be no different. So here are 10 tips & tricks that will help you bring some comfort this summer:
Snack on plenty of cool treats.
Replenish your fridge with homemade popsicles and cold drinks which can help you cool down in the summer. You can also try fruit punches or even a frozen margarita popsicle.
Fill a large bowl with ice or use a couple of frozen bottles and place them in front of a desk fan and, wait for cool air fill your room!
Chill your bedsheets & pillows.
Sleeping becomes awfully discomforting during summers. However, you can fold your bedsheets, pop it in a freezer bag and place it in the freezer. Do the same with your pillows. Take them out right before you are going to sleep and enjoy a cool comforting sleep.
Use water spray.
Spray plenty of water on the walls and the roof to keep the heated building surface wet and cool. This will quickly lower the temperature inside.
Cut down on appliance usage.
When you use a gas stove or oven for cooking, it can substantially heat up your home. That is why you should cut down on using kitchen appliances. Keep them unplugged when they are not in use, so that heat is not emitted.
Hang a wet towel.
You can also use a wet towel and hang it in your window. The water cools down the incoming breeze. Make sure the cool air circulates well and keep wetting the towel so the cool flow of air won’t stop.
Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise.
Did you know that your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally? Set counter-clockwise in the summer at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you “feel” cooler.
Reduce indoor humidity.
To make room air feel cooler. Avoid midday washing and drying of clothes, showering, and cooking. When you must do these, turn on ventilating fans to help extract warm, moist air, but be sure to turn them off when you’re finished so they don’t extract cooled air from the house.
Insulate your home.
A home that has well-insulated walls and attic will actually keep the heat out of the house in hot seasons. Just imagine your home as a gigantic Styrofoam cooler!
Even if some work comes up that you cannot avoid, try shielding yourself from the direct sun rays. When you step out of the house, wear sunglasses, a hat, and an oversized cotton shirt to avoid arm tanning.
Drink lots and lots of water.
This is the most basic one but we rarely comply with it. Water not only relinquishes thirst, it also maintains the body temperature. Hence in summer, your water intake should be more than usual. It is advised to have 10-12 glasses of water every day.
Rent a cooler or conditioner.
For long air conditioners and coolers have been a luxury. Moreover, even if you owned one the overhead expenses of maintaining one would make you dread the day you decided to. But now with a variety of air conditioners and coolers on rent, you don’t have to worry about maintaining one or burning a hole in your pocket to enjoy the luxurious way of beating the summer heat.
So, make sure this summer doesn’t roast you in this heat. Use these tricks and feel like this,
If you have any of your own tips and tricks to beat the summer heat, do share with us in the comments section below. We’d love to know how you cope up with summer!