What are you doing to keep cool this summer? Every year it seems we get record temperatures and whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s no mistaking we are struggling more nowadays than we ever have to keep cool. This is particularly the case during June, July and August.
So, how do we do that indoors when we don’t have AC or a pool to simply sit in when it all gets too much weather-wise? And how do we sleep in such a stifling atmosphere? Well, here are our top sun and heat survival tips right here:
Get window wise
Keep your windows closed during the daytime to keep the hot temperature out, but open them at night to let the cooler air in.
Similarly, keep your curtains or blinds closed during the day time to prevent the sun shining in (it’s why they have wooden shutters in southern Mediterranean countries).
Keep ice cool
Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and stick it in the freezer. When it’s ready, take it out and hug it now and then to cool down when it gets really hot. At night when sleeping, filling it with lukewarm water and putting the hot water bottle at your feet can also help.
Hang a wet sheet
Hanging a wet sheet in front of the window during the day actually helps cool your house down. Obviously don’t make it dripping wet, but rather more on the damp side.
Use linen sheets
Linen sheets are a great way to keep cool during hot weather. Natural linen fabric is light, breathable and moisture-wicking. It also has the best temperature regulating qualities of all materials. They actually reduce your body heat as you sleep by allowing the air to circulate during the night (this is down to the particular weave of the linen).
The director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, describes linen as “extremely soft and breathable.” @JoshZeichnerMD adds that it's perfect for those with “sensitive skin or who live in a hot or humid environment. It's also natural, and soft, and natural fibers mean less friction when the skin is pressed up to the fabrics,"
Move your bedroom downstairs
By that we mean sleep downstairs on a temporary bed or the sofa if it’s comfortable enough. It can seem impossible to get to sleep in a too-hot bedroom and this can be the case with the hot air rising up in your home.
Treat yourself to house plants
House plants can actually help cool down a home’s interior. That’s because they can introduce moisture into a room. They enhance evaporation and offer shade – to the extent plant experts say the space around them can be several degrees cooler than the rest of the room.
Switch off the tech
We all love our gadgets but the trouble with using them during a heatwave is that they heat up and make us feel even warmer than we already want to. This includes light bulbs; even LED bulbs warm up after a while. If there’s so much sun you can use natural light anyway.