Summer temperatures in the Magic Valley are reaching their height right about now, and it can be extremely uncomfortable for those living in homes that don’t have air conditioning -and you might be surprised how many older homes don’t have central air! If your home or the home of someone you know falls into this category, here are a few tips on staying cool as summer comes to a close.
Utilize those ceiling fans!
- If your home has ceiling fans, you’re probably already using them, so keep on doing just that. If your home doesn’t have central AC or ceiling fans, and you’re reading this article in the spring or early days of summer, now is the time to consider getting one (or a few) installed.
Plugin fans also do the trick.
- If you don’t have the budget this year to get fans installed, think about running to any local retail store and picking up a few oscillating or floor fans to help get the job done.
- This may seem like common sense in the summer but remember that loose-fitting cotton shirts and shorts are a great way to stay cool on hot days.
Speaking of cotton…
- Cotton is a very breathable fabric, so make sure in the summer you’re using cotton sheets instead of another fabric that may hold in heat a bit more. This will keep you a bit cooler at night and hopefully help you get better sleep despite the heat.
Turn on lights and unplug electronics.
- Not only will doing this save you on your electric bill, it’ll also help keep things in your house a bit cooler! Electricity by its very nature will generate heat, and if you don’t have AC, even a little bit of heat goes a long way on those hot July and August afternoons. So unplug electronics and small appliances when not in use, and don’t turn on lights if you don’t have to.
Melt the ice!
- A do-it-yourself trick is to place a bowl of ice cubes in front of a floor fan. As the ice cubes melt, the air from the fan will blow a light misty breeze that can help your family really cool down after a busy day of summer fun.
Eat, drink, and cool down!
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, especially when it gets really, really hot outside. And don’t use the oven if you don’t have to. Try to eat meals that you can eat at cold or room temperature – summer is a great time for pasta salads and lighter meals, so have fun with new recipes and beat the heat!