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Tips For Staying Cool in the Hot Summer Sun

Updated on March 25, 2017

When spring approaches, people are anxious to put away bulky winter clothing and get outside to enjoy nature. But by the time summer gets here, everyone just wants to stay indoors where it is cool. Unfortunately, that air conditioning isn't free and can result in a large utility bill. Read on to find some tips for keeping cool without breaking the bank.

Take A Tepid Bath

A cold bath or shower will cause your body to generate heat, so a lukewarm bath or shower will be much more effective in cooling you down.

Wear Light Colored, Cotton Clothing

Light colors deflect the suns radiation while darker colors absorb heat. Cotton allows moisture to evaporate while synthetic fabrics trap moisture in.

Close the Curtains

Keeping the curtains closed will keep the heat out. A sunny window may look attractive, but it will heat up your home like a greenhouse.

Keep Heat Shut Out

Keep the doors and windows shut during the day so the heat doesn't get in.

Eat Spicy Foods

Do you know that eating hot and spicy fool may cause you to perspire, but won't raise your body temperature. When the sweat evaporates, it lowers your body temperature.

Wear a Hat

When outdoors, wear a hat. It will help keep you more comfortable.

Wrap a Wet Cloth Around Your Neck

Soak a towel in cool water and wrap it around your neck. It will help you keep your body temperature down.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids. When you are properly hydrated, your body temperature stays at a normal level. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

Turn on Ceiling Fans

Keep ceiling fans on to circulate the air. Make sure the fans are set to blow the air down towards you, not creating an updraft.

Don't Use Your Oven

Try not to use heat generating appliances during the day or use your stove when cooking. Instead try salads or sandwiches.

What about you? Do you prefer the heat of the summer or the coolness of winter?

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      Blake Ruiz 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      I live in the east coast so unfortunately we don't get too many months of blazing sun! I wish we did. Nice article on how to stay cool in the sun. Can't wait for the summer.