Summertime is hot. As a result, it becomes necessary to cool down. If you want to avoid turning on the air conditioner, there are ways to keep cool. And you don’t need to resort to going to the mall, either (although a trip to the swimming pool or an air conditioned store can take the heat off).
Here are 5 ways to stay cool without turning on your air conditioner:
1. Use a Low-Energy Fan
One of the best things you can do is get a low-energy fan to help cool you off during the summer. Try to find one that won’t drain your power, and that is energy efficient.
You can make your own low-energy air conditioner by setting a bowl of ice in front of the fan. Setting up a fan can help circulate air and keep you cool, without the need for air conditioning.
2. Windows Open at Night; Shut During the Day
Open your windows at night, allowing the cooler breeze to bring down the temperature in the house. However, once the sun comes up, it’s time to shut the windows. This way, you keep the hot air from outside from coming in.
You can boost the ability to keep the temperature down by using white window treatments to reflect the sun out of the house. If you like natural lighting, you should open the window treatments on the side without the sun. This means you might need to move to the other side of the house as the sun moves to avoid having the sun come in the house and heat it up.
3. Remain Hydrated
One of the most important things you can do is stay hydrated. Proper hydration will keep you from feeling as hot. Cool drinks can help, but be careful about what you drink. Coffee and alcohol can further dehydrate you, and keep you from staying cool. Make it a point to keep with water, and other non-dehydrating drinks.
4. Go Downstairs
If you have a downstairs to your home, head a little lower. Since heat rises, staying upstairs is hotter than heading downstairs. If you can spend more time downstairs, try to do so. From work to play, setting up downstairs can help you stay cool enough to avoid turning on the air conditioner. Bring your water downstairs and have your low-energy fan circulating air, and you will likely remain cooler.
5. Avoid Using the Stovetop
Summer is the perfect time to try new meal planning techniques. The stovetop and oven will heat up the whole house. To stay cooler, change your menu. You can use the microwave or slow cooker to keep things from heating up the whole house. There are a number of great recipes that can provide you with good food without turning on the stove or oven. And, of course, you can grill outside.
Another possibility is to try raw foods. There are a lot of ways to boost your health with raw produce during the summer. You might be surprised at how many meals you can enjoy without cooking a thing.
With a little planning, it’s possible to keep cool during the summer — without turning on the air conditioner, and while keeping your energy consumption low.
What’s your favorite strategy for keeping cool?