We all know that staying cool in the Summer is important, but constant air conditioning and use of fans can be expensive, as well as bad for the environment. We will look at a couple of ways you can keep cool during the Summer without breaking the bank.
The first tip to keeping cool without the use of electricity is to stay hydrated. When your warm, your body starts to sweat as a cooling mechanism. This can dehydrate you quickly, making you feel warmer. By drinking plenty of water, your body will have enough water to keep itself cooler. Keep several jugs or bottles of water in the fridge at all times and refill them once they are empty. Colder water will be more refreshing and keeps the temperature of your body lower, while keeping you hydrated as well, all of which help to placate the uncomfortable feeling of being too warm all the time. Lemon or mint leaves in with water makes this more refreshing and helps you feel more fresh.
Another way of keeping cool is to keep your neck and head cool. Place a cold wet cloth or an ice-pack on the back of your neck. The back of the neck is the body’s way of checking the external temperature so by keeping this part of the body cool, you can partly trick your body into thinking that it is cooler than it actually is, creating the illusion of being cool elsewhere in your body.
Though it is not a solution for actually keeping your body temperature down, it can help to get some temporary relief from the heat when it becomes too much. This part of the body should also be kept in the shade as much as possible, as direct sunlight on the back of your neck makes you feel much hotter than you are. Wet your hair or head as much as possible. This will help keep your head and neck cold and the cooling effect created by air moving over wet hair or skin is refreshing. If possible, wear a wet baseball cap or bandana regularly as this retains the moisture.
Wear loose, light coloured, natural fabrics, if you have to wear clothing at all. Natural fabrics breath better than synthetic ones (with the possible exception of some synthetic sport or activity fabrics), light colours reflect more light away than dark colours and thus retain less heat. Loose fabrics help to keep air circulating over your skin, which is cooling.
If electric fans are unavoidable, aim them to the ceiling and stay low to the ground. Warm air sits on top of colder air, as it is less dense. By aiming the fan upwards, you help to cool the warmer air, which sinks to the floor. By sitting low down to the floor, you will naturally keep cooler. To save on electricity, turn off all fans when nobody is present in the room, as fans will not cool the room while you are away, just move warm air around the room.
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