Summer is almost upon us. Soon, temperatures will be soaring, and we’ll all be seeking relief from the heat by cranking up the air conditioner. However, have you thought about what you would do if you were in a living situation without air conditioning, or if it went out for a time? You would have to come up with some ideas on ways to beat the heat without the AC. Here are 5 ways to survive the heat without an air conditioner.
Drink Lots of Water
It is so important to stay well hydrated when it is hot outside, even more so if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. Drinking several glasses of cold water throughout the day will not only keep you hydrated, but help to keep you cool as well. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding some orange, lemon, or even peppermint to a pitcher of water and keeping it in the fridge. It’s also prudent to make sure children and older family members are especially well hydrated during this time, too.
Nothing beats the heat like taking a dip in the swimming pool. If you have access to a pool, try floating around in the water for a while to cool down. Another tip I read said to take cool showers instead of hot ones will also help keep you from getting too hot. You can also keep a wet cloth in the fridge and pull it out to drape across the back of your neck if you start to get hot.
If you don’t have AC, try using fans, both stand-up fans, and ceiling fans to help get cool air moving through the home. You can use two fans in a room to create a cross breeze, too, which can also help keep the temperature down. Another easy trick is to place a bucket of ice in front of the fan so the air will blow directly across the cold ice and into your room. It’s a make shift air conditioner that can cool down your space in a real emergency.
Keep Windows Shut
While many people think keeping the windows raised will help keep things cooler, the opposite is actually true. If you keep blinds, curtains, and windows closed during the day, and open them at night, you’ll actually keep the house cooler.
If your home has multiple levels, stay on the lower floors. Heat rises, so the upper floors are going to stay warmer, so avoiding them during the hottest part of the day will help.
Avoid Using the Oven When Possible
Using the oven is going to raise the temperature inside your home, so on hot days, try not to use the oven if you can avoid it. Eat foods that can be prepared without baking, like fresh fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, or salads. If you do have to cook with the oven, use it at night or early in the morning when it is cooler.
Trying these five tips can help you to survive the soaring temperatures if you don’t have air conditioners. Can you think of other hot weather survival tips?