Tips for Retaining Your Cool This Summer

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In many ways, summer is the best season. But it might not be as enjoyable for everyone. Without access to air conditioning, some people worldwide dread summer’s arrival.

This year, the United States could experience difficulties due to the energy crisis and the high cost of operating air conditioners. In Arizona, where I grew up, we didn’t have central air. It was a terrible time.

So, in light of that, here are some ways to beat the heat this summer.

A swamp cooler, or evaporative cooler, can be helpful in dry climates. Its operational costs are lower than those of central air conditioning. When it gets humid, it stops working correctly.

These systems are often installed on the roof. Portable versions (sometimes incorrectly called “air conditioners”) are also available for purchase. The water is vaporized by passing air through the device. It can be invigorating. This is the most practical alternative to air conditioning when funds are tight.

If you turn on the water and run the hose back and forth outside your window, you may simulate the cooling effects of a swamp cooler. But that could be a waste of water.

When temperatures soar, you can’t do without air-moving fans. Invest in a portable, portable fan that can be moved about the room to maximize airflow. If the temperature outside is high, sitting in front of it and letting the air flow directly over you is an excellent option. This is efficient, but it requires caution to prevent eye dryness. Get a big fan if you want serious results, though.

Keep the heat out of the house by closing the drapes when the sun is out. The windows of several homes are also covered with blankets.

Don’t waste a basement if you have one. Temperatures here are often ten degrees lower than the rest of the house. Do something in the basement.

Don’t do anything that generates heat at home, including cooking. It’s not easy to eliminate indoor heat after it’s been introduced. Create food, go shopping, or fire up the grill. Put your slow cooker on the grill or in the backyard.

Turn off the lights and any other heat sources. Any electrical appliance that is plugged in has the potential to produce heat and keep multiple systems running. Conduct a “touch test” of your home. If it’s warm to the touch, it’s time to disconnect it.

Be sure to hydrate thoroughly. Enjoy tasty treats like Popsicles. Don’t put your drink in the freezer for too long. Your body can’t handle that kind of jolt.

To chill down, drink some water. People often maintain kid-sized pools outside, let them play in the sprinklers, or just let them cool off with a hose when it gets too warm. It’s effective even for grownups.

Put on some loose, breathable garments. Wonderful cotton. Avoid wearing anything man-made. Please remove your shoes and secure your hair.

Don’t stay indoors when the temperature outside is at its peak. Avoid the heat by visiting a cool place like a library, store, or mall. Relax in the shade of a tree outside if you can. Extreme heat saps your strength, leaving you unable to accomplish anything else. Don’t be so hard on yourself because you haven’t progressed. The heat makes you feel lazy. Don’t force it.

Consider spending the night on a hammock if the temperature never drops. Sleeping on a bed during a heat wave can be akin to dozing off on a barbecue. Hammocks are the sole safe option for outdoor sleeping in many regions of the world.

Add ventilation fans and air vents in the attic as part of your next round of house improvements. The whole house can be kept cooler if the attic is well-insulated and has adequate ventilation. Keep the cool air where you need it most with the help of a ceiling fan. More excellent roofs are those with lighter colors.

A home’s interior temperature can be reduced by planting a deciduous tree strategically.

Nikki Willhite has produced essays on Frugal Living on the Internet for over ten years. Her website, [http://www.frugalhappyfamilies.com], has hundreds of articles and advice on how to save money and live happily. There’s more to a successful family than just a tight budget. Originally published in.

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