- If you can't turn it off, would you please turn it down? You really don't need your house at 65°F when it is 95°F outside. That will put you one step closer to a heat stroke when your body is subjected to such drastic temperature changes. You will feel perfectly fine with your thermostat at 75°F or even 80°F when it is that hot outside. Hey, it's 87°F on my second floor right now, and we're doing just fine!
- Try a fan. If you can't install a ceiling fan, just get a good floor standing one. We love our Vornado. We sleep comfortably through the night with it on the low setting the whole night. Just to give you some perspective, operating a window AC for 1 hour will cost about the same as operating a fan on low for 30+ hours. So you would pay about $0.04 for a fan on low for 24 hours. Fans do not cool a room, they just make you feel cooler by removing the hot air surrounding your body.
- Plants, lot's of plants in ceramic pots. So I am not good with plants, they die in my house. Not because of my house, but because I forget to water them. Always. That's too bad because not only do they clean the air, they keep spaces cooler. Especially if you water them. If you're like me, here's an alternative. Fill some ceramic pots with cool water in various places around the house. As the water evaporates it produces a natural cooling effect which is aided by natural terracotta. If your home is already humid, this may not be a good idea.
- Healthy smoothies! Cold meals! We've been beating the heat with delicious cold smoothies. Ice cream is great too, but a smoothie of course a much healthier alternative. I just toss in frozen mango, mixed berries, wild blueberries, bananas, organic apple juice, orange juice, and rice milk in a blender. The best breakfast ever! We also try to keep cooking to a minimum. Does that mean take out? No. Fast food? Of course not silly. We make lots and lots of fresh cold salads! I make cold sandwiches with my homemade bread, hummus, cheese, turkey breast, tomatoes, and cucumbers for my husband to take to work. I pack him a smoothie too in a thermal container. If there is something I need to cook I do it after 8 pm when it is cooler outside and I can open all the windows finally. Yes, I actually made cookies last night after the heat subsided and boiled pasta and green beans for today's salad. You can also try hot tea if you have an electric kettle (I would avoid boiling on stove top as it would heat the house more). Hot tea will actually make you feel cooler because it warms your body temperature so the outside does not feel as hot anymore.
- Water! I don't need to tell you this, but of course you should be drinking lots of water. As you always should, not just when it is hot. But there are other ways to use water in this instance. You can take a quick cold shower for a minute, it will surely cool you down. Try putting on wet clothes when you're in the house and it gets too hot! This is fun to do with toddlers and kids!
- Open your windows. When the heat subsides take advantage of the cool air and keep your windows open through the night. Just make sure to close them as soon as the temperature outside reaches the indoor temperature, or whenever you wake up in the morning.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
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Anastasia is a mom of two who loves to spend time with her family, travel, homeschool, read, and run her photography business. She is a life-long learner and small business owner who loves to share her parenting experiences with others. She resides with her family north of Boston.