- Block the sun. Be sure to keep shades and blinds closed to keep the sunlight out as much as possible. One handy trick is to hang damp curtains in the window to help insulate the room.
- Give your AC a break for a change. On less than scorching days that are hot but not humid, try a bowl of ice in front of a window fan.
- Close up shop! Keep fireplace dampers and any pet doors or openings sealed shut.
- Spritz yourself with cool water.
- On days like this, run a fan and air conditioner simultaneously for optimum ventillation.
- Keep electronics and appliances off. This is good for them as well as you.
- Air dry as much as possible. This goes for laundry as well as dishes. Skip the drying cycle if you're using a dishwasher.
- Go barefoot!
- Spice it up to cool yourself down; inhabitants of some of the hottest places on Earth such as India, Mexico, and Middle East dine on spicy foods to help reduce the impact of heat on the senses.
- Above all, STAY HYDRATED. Also, eat light when possible.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Temperatures will reach 102° in central Indiana today, so whether you are working outside, completing your home improvement project, or just enjoying your summer afternoon, here are some Real Simple ways to beat the heat: