Summer brings to mind sunny picnics, days lazing on the beach and yummy iced treats. But the flip side comes in August when the intensity of the heat and the humidity make you feel like you’re permanently drenched in sweat. Here are some simple tips on how to beat the heat in August:
- Freeze your Sheets
This is a great way to get comfy at night. Put your sheets in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for a couple of hours. This will keep you comfortable for the time it takes for you to fall asleep.
2. Cool your skin
Use aloe-vera gel or any aloe based moisturizer on your body to lower your skin temperature. It has the added benefit of adding a glow to your skin and getting rid of unwanted scars (if used regularly).
3. Gel packs
Buy a couple of gel packs and put them in the freezer the whole day. Use them between your mattress and sheet at night to stay cool for a good night sleep. An easier hack for the same thing is to fill a sock with rice and freeze – the rice holds the chill longer.
4. Make your own mister
Place a bowl of water in front of a fan. The wind from the fan will pick up moisture from the water bowl and act as a mini mister.
5. DIY Air Conditioner
Go one step ahead with the mister and put a bowl full of ice in front of a fan! Use frozen salt water to make the ice last longer.
6. Hot water bottles
You don’t have to pack them up after the winter. Just fill them with chilled water and use wherever you want to plank yourself.
7. Smart Air Flow
If you’re too lazy to try fans with ice or water bowls, just place the fans near windows and facing outwards! Blow the hot air out to lower room temperature.
What better way to beat the heat than a cool splash? Find a pool in your vicinity and dunk yourself in for a couple of hours. The cooling effect will last for a while.
9. Swing it out
A hammock is a great way to stay cool – rig it up in your room or outside under a tree to enjoy a chill time with some music or your favorite book.
10. Get low and below
Heat rises. If you live in a two storey house, move your sleeping gear downstairs. If you’re in a single story house/apartment, put your mattress/cot closer to the ground.
11. Go Green
Electric bulbs give up a lot of heat. Turning off electric lights can lower your room temperature and lower the electricity bill!
12. Cool Shades
Hang a wet sheet in front of open windows. This is a great hack from cooling down the whole room. The breeze blowing in will bring down the room temperature.
Of course, buying an air conditioner means you won’t have to do any of the above! But if you feel like getting creative, put yourself through a stay cool challenge and share your ideas with friends and family. Who knows, maybe someone will get creative enough to come up with an idea to save the planet while staying cool!