- I've set a goal for the summer, and that is to avoid hating the
entire season. The heat usually overwhelms me and I refuse to run
the AC nonstop and waste all my money. Any ideas for how I can accomplish
this goal? - Morgan
Hi Morgan - As far as I'm concerned, there should be "beat
the heat" support groups on every block. I have the same struggles
as you do each summer, though I've come up with a couple ways that
make it a little easier to survive.
things cold. You might not be running the AC, but the fridge
and freezer will stay on. There are all sorts of things you can
chill for a couple hours that will help you stay cool later on.
Depending on how bad the heat is that you're trying to escape,
you can put your bedsheets in the freezer for a few minutes before
going to sleep; not long enough to make them damp, but enough
time to provide a comforting chill at the end of the night. You
can also take a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer, using
the water resistance to make sure you don't get your blankets
2. Smart fanning. Fans are helpful, but lots of the time
it feels like they're just pushing hot air into your face. That
all changes when you put some ice in front of the fan and cool
the air down. If you get a shallow container, fill it with ice
and water, and put it right in front of the fan, the breeze will
collect cold air off the melting ice and send it your way. Make
sure you're keeping the freezer stocked with ice cubes and not
3. Freeze your feet. The pulse points in your body generate
extra heat, and there are two such points in your feet and ankles.
At any point in the day, kicking off your shoes and socks will
take down your body temperature. If you want to take it a step
further, dunking your tootsies in a bucket of cold water is a
good move as well. This is especially useful if you're too hot
to fall asleep at night.
cool meals. Fire is hot, and using heat to cook your food
is only going to make your house warmer. Buy things that are precooked
or get into eating cold salads and sandwiches on the days that
are too hot to bear. Aside from keeping your house cooler, you'll
avoid putting toasty food in your mouth.
| Hopefully one
or two of these work for you, Morgan. If you think of any other clever
ways to beat the heat, please send them my way!
© Taylor Kovar
July 27, 2018
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