How to Stay Ice Cold in the Summer

beat the heatThe summer months always bring with them plenty of hot, sunny days. This can make it hard to stay cool during both the day and evening hours. However, there are several things you can do to make sure you stay cool inside no matter what the temperature is outside. Below is a look at some great tips for staying ice cold this summer.

Use Your Windows to Your Advantage
During the summertime, your windows can play a vital role in helping your stay cool. During the daytime hours when the sun is the brightest and the temperature is the highest, you should keep your windows closed and your curtain drawn shut. This will help to keep the heat from the hot sun out of your home. In the evening, if it is cool outside you can open windows to allow the cooler air in.

If you can add outdoor blinds or window tint, this will also greatly reduce the amount of heat that passes through the window. Windows can act like a magnifying class so shielding them from the sun can really reduce the heat into the home.

Use Your Fans
You do not always have to use your air conditioner to stay cool. Start by using your fans, either in the window or ceiling fans. When it becomes too warm inside, then you can turn the air conditioner on if you have one.

Get Out of Your House
When your home heats up, you can also go out. Take a trip to the local shopping mall or spend some time at the public library. You can spend a couple of hours relaxing in this free air conditioning. Plan outings during the hottest part of the day and week, it’s easy to look at extended forecasts.

Program Your Thermostat – if you have air con
Set your thermostat at 26 degrees. This will allow your air conditioner to run more efficiently, keep your home cool, and save costs on your electric bill. If you are going to be gone for a longer period of time, you can reduce your thermostat setting slightly and then readjust it when you return home. This will help you save even more money during the summer months.

Shut the Doors
Air conditioning your entire house may become quite expensive or nearly impossible if you are using window units. Be sure to keep the doors shut in any room that you do not use regularly and does not need to stay cool, such as your bathroom, laundry room or spare bedroom. This will help to keep the rooms that you do use more comfortable.

This also goes with those who don’t have air conditioning; close the doors to the rooms which you know will heat up more than others.

Use a Spray Bottle – or take a cold shower
A unique way to stay ice cold during the winter is to always keep a spray bottle full of cold water nearby. When your body starts to feel overheated, you can spray some cold water on you to help you instantly cool down. Try keeping the bottle in your refrigerator to ensure the water always stays cold.

Taking a cool shower can also go a long way to beating the heat.

Drink Water
Keeping your body temperature cool will help to make you feel cool. Be sure to drink plenty of water because this will keep your body well-hydrated and cooled down. Experts suggest that you drink at least eight glasses of water every day, but on hot humid days where you may sweat a lot, you may need to drink more glasses of water.

Don’t be too active
Moving around a lot when it’s hot out will only make things worse, try to avoid the temptation to be active. If you can’t stand still, go to the mall or movies where it is air conditioned.    

The combination of all of these tips will help to keep your feel ice cold during the summer months. In addition to these tips, you also want to avoid going outside during the hottest time of the day. This will be the most difficult time of the day to stay cool, so be sure to seal up your windows, turn on your air conditioner, and drink plenty of water.

Also visit our tips for staying warm in the winter as you need only do the opposite of some of those tips to stay cool in the summer.

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