Now that it’s officially summer, we will be regularly greeted by soaring temperatures that make for hot days and humid nights. This change of seasons can leave many of us looking for an easy way to cool off. Thankfully, we have a lot of options to prevent the scorching heat from keeping us sitting in our own puddles of sweat and ruining our summer days. To prepare for the heat this summer, we have compiled the following list of 7 tips to keep cool:
Splurge and invest in a smart or programmable thermostat. It might cost a little upfront, but the perks of installing one are well worth the money. These trusty gadgets allow you to program your thermostat manually or with your smartphone to run according to your schedule and needs. You will now have the ability to set the temperature by using timing controls to make your air conditioner and furnace work for you. For example, you can set the thermostat to kick on a few minutes before you get home from work so the house is cool or you can schedule it to run colder during the power company’s off peak hours to take advantage of cheaper electricity costs. This tiny home improvement can help you chill while saving precious money on cooling costs.
Forget the oven. As temperatures soar, many of us are reluctant to turn on our ovens to bake in fear that it will warm up our homes. Instead of relying on cold cuts and salads, utilize that slow cooker or instant pot for making delicious dinners and snacks without heating the house. Many bloggers and sites have a variety of resources available that help with meal planning, freezer meal ideas, and crockpot dinner recipes. Take advantage of this information for meals that take little prep, but provide tasty results. As an added bonus, you won’t break a sweat making dinner.
Shut the curtains. Air conditioning is a treat during the hottest months, but during a heat wave it might not be able to keep up with the demand. To help reduce the stress on our air conditioners, we can cleverly use our blinds, curtains, or other window treatments to shut out extra sunlight from coming into the home and heating it up. According to The Department of Energy, if we strategically and wisely use our window coverings, we can reduce the amount of gained heat by 77 percent! Instead of allowing the light to filter in, use reflective or insulated curtains to keep cool.
Take the plunge. Nothing says summer like days spent by the pool, beach, or sprinkler. Instead of baking in the sun, reacquaint yourself with that swimsuit and hit the water. Remember, your swimsuit doesn’t define who you are as a person. So go ahead and give yourself permission to relax in the water, swim a few laps, dive off the board, or enjoy the new neighborhood splash pad with your grandkids.
Get blown away. An easy way to stay cool and comfortable this summer is by utilizing fans. Air conditioners consume about one-third of the electricity we use during the summertime. Instead of relying solely on the a/c, use fans to supplement when possible. Whether you use a ceiling or oscillating fan, you can slash your cooling costs and enjoy the breeze they provide. The key for success is to maximize the movement of air in our homes by strategically placing fans around the home.
Just freeze it. Summer and frozen treats go hand in hand. Channel your inner child and freeze up some chilled snacks. Freeze a variety of fruits for a frosty and healthy morsel to savor. Some good ones to try are grapes, watermelon slices, and strawberries. For a more adult twist, use a favorite cocktail recipe to create your own boozy popsicles. Simply mix and freeze them into individual ice popsicle bags that can be purchased online or at retail stores. Just remember to label them appropriately so children don’t mistakenly enjoy one.
Leave the city. It’s no secret that large towns and cities are often hotter than the countryside. This effect occurs, because the concrete and buildings absorb a lot of the sun’s rays, which increases the temperature. Then when we factor in all the running machinery, like air conditioners and manufacturing equipment, it’s easy to see why urban areas typically are around 3 degrees hotter. Instead of sweltering in town, seek relief by heading out on an adventure into the rural countryside. Enjoy the cooler green spaces and take in a tour of that local winery you have been wanting to try, hit that junk jaunt with a few friends, or take a drive down memory lane and visit one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters.
What tips do you have for beating the heat this summer?
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer