For many of us, having our air conditioner go out in the middle of an extreme heat wave would be considered an emergency. Since a large portion of the United States is currently experiencing severe heat, we found some great tips to share from Metro West Daily News on how to stay cool during extreme heat even if you don't have air conditioning.

Grooming For Summer
• Take a cool shower
• Use bathroom vents - Humidity caused by a shower can make your house feel warmer
• Dress for summer - Wear cotton, silk, or linen in light colors and loose styles
• Store lotions in the fridge - rub them on hot, overtired feet

Cooling the House
• Use a ceiling fan - It uses a lot less energy, costs less to buy, and doesn't require professional installation like air conditioning units
• Install attic vents - Since heat rises, having cooler air in your attic will help cool the rest of the house
• Park the car - If your garage is under your home, consider leaving your hot car outside to cool off before you put it in the garage

Chilling Your Body
• Exercise early or late - If you are used to exercising during the middle of the day, try to change your schedule so you can take advantage of the cooler temperatures earlier or later in the day. If you can't change your schedule, scale down your workout
• Keep water bottles in the freezer - Take one with you when you go out side. When the ice melts, it will give you a nice supply of cold water
• Move on - If all else fails, Replace an air-conditioned public building and spend some time there

For more tips, visit the Metro West Daily News.




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5 comments

Lisa MarK

Lisa MarK

Good post, of course! Thanks! As the electricity bills are soaring up, it is essential to be aware of utilizing energy in an efficient manner.
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Michele

Michele

I'm going to try making some of those "cool ties" you wear on your neck. I've used them in the desert & they really help. There's lots of instructions online. Seems like they'd be great to have in your storage.
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millenniumfly

millenniumfly

What about simple ideas such as staying indoors during the heat of the day, take frequent breaks, hydrate often, shade your head and neck, breathe through your nose (to help conserve water).

I would also suggest knowing the warning signs of heat exhaustion and stroke.

Also, here's an idea about using a cooler, fan, and chilled bottles of water to cool a small room:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apqg1ejRTqE

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Jennifer – While a number of the suggestions listed in this post and in the article where we got the suggestions from would require some electricity, there are also some that don't. For example, wearing natural fibers or having attic vents installed.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Ok….so what about staying cool when there's no electricity at all??? I see articles like this EVERY summer, but NOTHING on staying cool if there's no electricity, due to power outages and whatnot.

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