Keeping it Cool This Summer
Doesn’t it seem like this summer has been one of the hottest for New England in a long time? Personally, I’m not complaining about some extra sun and high temperatures (I know I will be wishing for these during the first snow storm), but when it gets too humid the heat can become almost unbearable. As residents of Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut it’s no secret we are not used to the 100 degree weather. We have already discussed how to make sure your pooch stays cool in the heat, but what about you and your family? Don’t worry we have you covered on how to keep the house and your body cooler, no matter how hot it gets. Here are some of our favorite tips to keep cool in the heat:
- Keep blinds, curtains, and shades closed at all times to block out the sun as much as you can.
- Make sure your AC is cleaned and the filter has been changed. No AC? Fill a bowl with ice and place in front of your fan. As the ice melts, then evaporates, it will cool you off.
- Give your computers and other electronics that give off heat a rest.
- Try to use appliances that create less. Use the heat as an excuse to not use your oven and air dry instead of using the drying feature on your dishwasher.
- Dress lightly with breezy fabrics, light cotton clothes, and even workout clothes made with fabrics that help get rid of sweat and that sticky feeling.
- Take off your shoes. When you take them off your body gets a greater sensation of coolness because of the sweat on your feet evaporating, cooling the skin, and the blood in your feet.
- Drink a lot of water and other fluids, but make sure to avoid beverages that dehydrate you like anything with caffeine and alcohol.
- Switch to long lasting florescent bulbs which produce 70% less heat than standard incandescent.
- Eat lighter meals. Fruits and veggies help you stay hydrated and fattier foods are more difficult to digest, making you feel sluggish in the high heat.
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