Today, I want to talk to you about some easy ways to beat the heat this summer. What with climate change and the warming planet, it’s hotter than ever and it’s as much of a struggle as it ever has been to stay cool. We deal exclusively with heating and cooling–it’s our whole profession, so we thought we’d put together a few tips for staying cool, which I’m going to share with you to help you get through the heatwaves without having to suffer.
The biggest thing you can do to feel cooler in your body is to drink a lot of water. Remember folks, heat is something you feel as much as it’s something around you. If you can help your body out by giving it its natural coolant, you end up feeling the heat less painfully. One thing a lot of people don’t know about water is that while you want it cool, you shouldn’t ice it down too much, because your body actually has to heat it back up to process it through your system, which just makes you sweat more. So, drink at least 2 liters of cool, but not freezing cold water every day.
Also in the body department, you have to take some steps to get your sweat under control, because that’s one of the things that makes heat feel so unpleasant. I always wear linen and light cotton shirts in the summer because any polyester or thick weaves make me get drenched during the day.
Stick to cold foods, instead of having anything hot. I always like a lot of fresh fruit, salads, that sort of thing, and a cold soup for lunch really hits the spot at the office and at home, anywhere.
Don’t stop working out! Yep, you heard me! Working up a sweat in summer by running or biking outside will actually help you in the long run because you’ll sort of sweat yourself out, and your heart rate will relax more after your workout, so you can just relax and stop being anxious about sweating constantly.
You can also pay attention to your windows, which have a big effect on how hot your house gets! Double glazing and insulation are usually tricks to keep a house warm, but they do the same thing to help you keep your house cool. You should also pay attention to where the sun’s coming in, because believe me, nothing heats up a house like full sun in the summer! If you use your curtains right, you can really save on your a/c bill and make a big difference in your home temperature.
You can also do some direct relief on your body if you know where to apply cold for the best benefits. There are a few places on your body that are like pressure points for your internal temperature, so if you can cool them down, you can bring your whole body temp down really quickly. Your wrists and the back of your neck are big temperature regulators, so a cold washcloth or an ice pack can do a lot to get your internal temperature under control!
And of course, the number one way to beat the heat in the summer is to air condition your house. If you don’t have central air in your house, you should get a small air conditioner to keep at least your bedroom cool. We can help you out with that, so give us a shout if you’re in need of assistance!
Stay cool, folks, and thanks for reading!