Whether you’re without power, enduring extreme heat, or trying to save money, there are ways to get comfortable without artificial cooling.
Heat can make for fun summer activities, but the body shouldn’t be too hot for too long, because too much heat can damage your brain and other organs, according to the US National Institutes of Health.
Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system, but if that’s not enough, there’s an increased risk of developing the heat-related illness hyperthermia – signs of this include heat cramps, heat edema, and heat stroke.
Staying cool can be done by using some basic supplies and knowing how to manipulate your home to regulate temperatures. Here are 14 methods for doing this.
When you’re feeling hot and red, hydrating yourself is the first and most important step to cooling down, says Wendell Porter, senior lecturer emeritus. in agricultural and biological technology from the University of Florida.
The temperature of the water doesn’t matter because your body will heat it up, he added. If your body suffers from the heat and has to cool itself, it cannot do without enough moisture, because the body cools itself by sweating.
Take a cold shower or bath
Taking a cold shower or bath helps cool your body by lowering your core temperature, Porter said.
For an extra cool blast, try peppermint soap. The menthol in peppermint oil activates brain receptors that tell your body something you eat or feel is cold.
Use cold washcloths around your neck or wrists
Place a cold washcloth or ice packs (packs) around your wrists or around your neck to cool your body. These pulse points are places where blood vessels are close to the skin, so that you cool down faster.
Use box fans
Place fans out of the windows of rooms where you spend time to blow warm air out and replace it with cold air inside.
Close your curtains or blinds
If you have windows that face the sun from morning to noon, close curtains or blinds over them to “prevent the sun from entering the house directly and heating up (the) interior,” Porter said.
You can also install blackout curtains to insulate the room and reduce the temperature rises that would occur during the day.
Sleep in breathable bedding
Cotton is one of the most breathable materials, so cotton sheets or blankets can keep you cool all night. The lower the cotton’s thread count, the more breathable it is, Porter said.
Sleeping in the basement
If you can’t sleep at night because you’re too hot, try sleeping somewhere next to your bedroom, if that’s an option. Heat rises, so if you have a basement or basement, set up a temporary sleeping area there to experience cooler temperatures at night.
Do not store blankets or clothing in the refrigerator or freezer
General advice for staying cool without air conditioning includes chilling or freezing wet socks, blankets or clothing and then ringing them out to wear while you sleep. But this isn’t a good idea, Porter said.
Because “the amount of energy they can take from your body that night will warm them up in just minutes,” he said. “And then you’d have damp things molding your mattress. So you definitely don’t want to do that.”
Close the doors of unused rooms
If no one is using a room that has no vents or registers, close the door to that room to keep the cool air confined to only inhabited parts of the house.
Use the exhaust fan in your kitchen and/or bathroom
Flip the exhaust fan switch in your kitchen to draw in hot air that rises after you’ve cooked or in your bathroom to release steam after a shower.
Install energy-efficient lamps
Incandescent bulbs generate a higher temperature than LED bulbs. To make the switch, pay attention to the sale of energy-efficient light bulbs and then slowly replace the bulbs in your home, Porter said.
Changing light bulbs can save money, but won’t reduce much heat in the house, Hall said. However, focusing on changing the bulbs in areas you’re close to would make a more noticeable difference, Porter said.
Cooking in the morning, with a slow cooker or outside
Oven heat can spread throughout your home. Keep the heat centralized in one area, such as a slow cooker. Or cook outside on a grill to keep the heat out.
Enjoy frozen treats
Eating an ice cream or ice cream to cool down can help for a while. But don’t go overboard with the sugar if you’re overheated or at risk of overheating, Porter said.
“Sugar would increase your metabolism and make you feel warm internally,” he said. “So the cool treat might be good, but the extra sugar might not.”
Explore what your state has to offer
If you’ve tried everything and still can’t beat the heat in your home, you can search online for local programs that offer ductless air conditioners.
Depending on your state, some refrigeration centers — air-conditioned public facilities that people can turn to for relief in extremely hot weather — may be open and take precautions to ensure they are as safe as possible. You could start by contacting your local utilities, as they would know who offers certain programs, Porter suggested.
Madeline Holcombe and Holly Yan of DailyExpertNews covered this post.