Hot summers days for some mean a day at the beach, for others it is a day indoors with the air-conditioner on. When the temperatures rise, almost everything is affected by the heat.
When summer knocks, it is about trying to find a cool spot where you can endure the heat. Excess heat can cause heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heatstroke.
Studies affirm that 40% of heat-related illnesses develop among the elderly. Several factors cause this. For instance, pensioners are less able to accommodate heat because they have hidden health conditions.
Dehydration is a risk for everyone. If precautionary steps are not taken, excess heat can impact us all. Here are a few DIY tips and tricks can help you keep fresh during those hot summer days.
Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
Cotton clothing serves better than most synthetics. Soft cotton shirts, shorts or underwear will work magic during summer times. Be sure to invest in some comfortable lingerie.
According to studies, cotton fabrics will help you fall asleep faster. They are not bulky and will soothe you into the therapeutic stage more quickly.
Turn Off the Lights
Your household lights affect your room temperature during hot summers. This trick is explanative. Any electrical appliance in your home turns into heat. Turn off all heat sources, including computers, adapters, and TV when you are not using them.
If you can not do without lights, install energy-saving bulbs. They will help cool your home and save energy costs. Do away with the incandescent lights as they produce a lot of heat, thus soaring energy costs.
You will spend less on cooling if you insulate and seal the house. Use external coverings, including large potted plants, awnings, and blinds.
Alternatively, you can use foil insulation. You could also top up your ceiling insulation or tint the windows. Studies reveal that improving insulation around the house can reduce energy use by 45%. So your home will not only be cooler but you will be saving money too.
Dehydration is frequent when the heat is above average. Alcohol or caffeine intake will enhance dehydration. Switch to drinking water sports drinks and other electrolytes.
Also, avoid meat sweats. Go for lighter meals instead of dense hot foods. Lighter dinners are more relaxed, so your body will digest them faster. Heavy and hot meals will have your body consume more energy to metabolise protein than fats.
Another trick is to apply a damp cloth to pressure points on your body and neck. Still, you can opt for a cold shower to cool your body — no need to switch on the air conditioner.
When it comes to bedding choices, light-coloured linens made of cotton are preferred. Egyptian lightweight cotton sheets are breathable and will improve oxygenation and flow of air.
Hang Out in the Evening
During the day, it is a good move to stay indoors. It is essential also to avoid activities in direct sunlight. Prioritise the elderly, infants, and patients with chronic diseases as they dehydrate fast. They are more prone to illness related to heat.
Cool your house naturally in the evening by opening the windows. At night, however, make sure you lock your home. You can also cool your house by preparing your dinner on the barbeque in the backyard.
Adjust the Ceiling Fans
Fans do not cool the hot air around your home. They just push it around your house. This is especially true for fans that are not rotating counter-clockwise.
During summer, set your fans to rotate counter-clockwise and push the air down. During winter, adjust to clockwise to pull the cold air up. Set the fan speed high during summer and vice versa during winter.
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