Five Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Whenever it is hot, people seldom think past using their air conditioners to stay cool. But there are many other things you can do to beat the heat of the summer.

Here are five ways to beat the heat this summer:

Summer Heat

  1. Use natural ways to keep your house cool. Close all windows early every morning, and do everything possible to keep the heat outside. This includes planting leafy trees on the eastern and western sides of your house, installing external shades and awnings over windows and doors, properly insulating the roof, and so forth. Remember that hot air rises, so the lower you are, the more comfortable you are likely to be.

  2. Moisten yourself with water from a spray bottle. Then, instead of an air conditioner, sit near a normal fan and let it dry you. In fact, chilled peppermint soap or tea work even better than water, so if you don't mind getting that all over yourself, try it. The nighttime version of this is to place frozen rice packs under your sheets. It will stay cool just long enough for you to fall asleep.

  3. Dress appropriately.   If you have to go out, wear light-coloured, thin, loose-fitting clothing, made of cotton or silk. If you have to be in the sun, long thin sleeves are best. During the night sleep on cool sheets.

  4. Eating raises your body temperature, because your body has to increase its temperature to metabolise (or burn) the food. So, eat regularly spaced small meals, rather than three large meals. Further, since your body requires water to cool itself through perspiration, eat fruit and salads that are cold and contain a lot of water. Spicy food also makes you sweat without raising your body's temperature, which is cooling. Drink a lot of water and fruit drinks, and avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol  as these cause you to lose too much water.

  5. Avoid intense activity outdoors on hot days.  Find an alternative activity instead.