Staying Cool is Easy

A while back, I provided tips on prepping your home for the season, so you can stay cool in your home all summer. Today, I’m going to offer you more tips on keeping your body cool on a hot day without relying on an air-conditioner.

Turning on your a/c is easy, but it can be costly and drying on your skin—and don’t forget its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere!

So, how to stay cool: first of all, keep the heat out of your home by closing your curtains or blinds. Avoid turning on lights unnecessarily and give yourself an evening off from cooking on the stove, as these heat up your home quickly. Getting outside to BBQ is a great solution.

Now, on a really hot day, here are a few things you can do to stay cool:

  • Drink water. Lots of cold water will keep your body hydrated and you feeling happy and energetic.
  • Have a shower or a swim. Jump in a nice cool pool or just rinse off in a cold shower to keep cool.
  • Eat cold fruits and cold meals. Have a watermelon or a nice glass of lemonade, as both are good sources of vitamin C and can keep you feeling cool and refreshed.
  • Enjoy frozen treats. Have a Popsicle, ice cream or your favourite frozen treat.
  • Try minty or menthol products. A hint of mint in your drink is always refreshing. You can also use peppermint lotion or soap, or a minty powder to cool your skin and body.
  • Get an ice pack. Placing an ice pack on your wrists cools the blood in your veins and instantly makes you feel cooler.
  • Invest in a portable fan. Use a portable fan to keep you cool and comfortable.
  • Plant trees. It’s good to plant trees on both (east and west) sides of your home, so your house is kept in the shade, blocked from the sun’s heat.

Got any other solutions that I haven’t mentioned here that work for you? Post your stay-cool tips in the comment box below or tweet me @MasonHomes!

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