Don’t get down as the temperatures go up this summer. Whether you’re trying to beat the heat in your home or outside, these 11 tips will help you keep things as chill as possible.
1. CLOSE THE CURTAINS AND SHUT THE BLINDS.
It’s tempting to let some of the summer sunshine in, but doing so will also make the numbers on your thermostat climb. By some estimates, as much as 30 percent of unwanted heat comes in through windows, so it pays to keep them covered.
2. CREATE A WIND TUNNEL.
Got windows on opposite sides of your house or apartment? Take advantage of cooler temps in the mornings and evenings by creating a wind tunnel. Face one fan inward in front of the window where the air is coming in, and place one fan facing outward in front of the opposing window. Voila—DIY wind tunnel!
3. CHECK YOUR FANS.
If you have ceiling fans, make sure they’re spinning counter-clockwise, which helps keep air moving and keeps things feeling cool. In the winter, fans should rotate clockwise to push the air upward and circulate warm air.
4. USE A HOT WATER BOTTLE.
When it’s too sweltering to sleep comfortably, grab a hot water bottle and fill it with ice water. Place it under your ankles or knees to help cool your entire body.
5. CHILL CERTAIN BEAUTY PRODUCTS.
Store your lotion, face toner, aloe gels, perfume, moisturizer, and eye creams in the fridge. Keeping them chilled will not only cool you down when you apply them, it may also help extend the shelf life of some products, especially if you live in a particularly hot or humid climate.
6. FIND YOUR PULSE POINTS.
Pulse points are areas of your body where you can feel your pulse through the skin because blood vessels are positioned close to the surface. Applying ice or a cold cloth to these points can help cool you down from the inside out. Find them in your neck, wrists, the insides of elbows and knees, the tops of your feet, the insides of your ankles, your inner thighs, and just in front of your ears.
Source: Murray Rothbard from Lew Rockwell – Keep Your Cool