It’s the summer and temperatures are at all-time highs! The Pacific Northwest has been particularly hard hit, with authorities in Canada, Oregon and Washington investigating hundreds of cases of death caused thanks to all-time temperature highs in the region. Yet many people do not have access to air conditioning. With heat at such temperatures, people are forced to find alternative ways to keep cool this summer. In th9is article, we will discuss how you can keep cool in your home without air conditioning.
Check The Weather Frequently
Checking the weather frequently allows you to prepare for any heat waves. Predicting the weather is often difficult for meteorologists. A rule of thumb is that a seven-day forecast is right about 80% of the time, a five-day forecast is right about 90% of the time and a 10-day forecast or longer is right about 50% of the time. The nearer the forecast, the more reliable it is. The further out you go, the less reliable. So you want to check the weather forecasts for the week ahead. Ignore anything beyond seven days. Use a weather app or the weather news on TV. If you know what’s coming, you can prepare.
This is, on the face of it, obvious, yet many people neglect to hydrate when temperatures start soaring. Drink lots of fluids to keep your body cool. Avoid alcohol and coffee however, because they dehydrate the body. What you want are electrolytes or water. Water is king and you want to up your intake as the heat rises. The hotter it is, the more water you should drink. In this way, your body’s temperature will be brought down.
Another Way to keep yourself cool is by showering or bathing or applying cool, damp washcloths on your body. If you are outside a lot, you may even want to wrap a damp bandana around your neck in order to keep cool.
Get a Fan
Everyone struggles with the heat when the temperatures are scorching. One alternative to air conditioning is getting a box or ceiling fan. Dyson Cool, for instance, has fan models that have cool settings that simulate the effect of having an air conditioner. Fans keep the air circulating, which speeds up evaporation when the environment is humid.
If you can’t get a fan, then try and keep the windows open to keep the air circulating.
Generate Less Heat
Your home generates heat when you use certain things. For instance, your light bulbs generate heat. Another way that heat in your home is generated is when your windows are uncovered. Exposed windows allow the sun’s rays to get into your home. So you want to cover your windows even though you should also keep them open. Use blinds, curtains, or pin blankets, to keep your windows covered. This will reduce the temperature within your home.
If you live in a multi-storey house, then head downstairs. The higher up you go, the hotter it gets.
Computers and other appliances are also sources of heat, so if possible switch them off. Finally, switch to fresh foods so you don’t have to use the stove or oven to cook. Avoid the sun, get spray tans and stay cool this summer.