Body heat or heat stress is more common during summer when the atmosphere is hot and humid. Any fluctuation in body temperature leads to internal organ damage and health problems like heat cramps, heat rashes, pimples, dizziness and nausea. It is always secure to prepare yourself from getting heat burn and prevent from energy loss.
You can apply simple home tips which help you to beat the heat in cost efficient manner and use daily. Here are 10 simple home tips to beat heat.
1. Turn off the light
When at home avoid switching on bulbs as they increase the heat inside. Go for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs as they reduce the heat and save electricity too. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent. They use about 75 percent less energy and emit 90 percent less heat. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house and save energy by keeping plugs out of sockets when the appliances are not in use. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all
2. Choose cotton
Make sure you wear loose and light colored clothes. Dark colored clothes absorb more heat. Stick to breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Pick a loose, soft cotton shirt and shorts or underwear.Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Some people believe loose cloth helps keep them cool, while others claim that wearing no cloth means sweat stays on the body instead of being wicked away by fabric. But it is up to personal preference.
3. DIY air-conditioning
Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl full of ice or frozen water bottles in front of a desk fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist. You’ll enjoy a much cooler breeze with your makeshift air-conditioner. You can add salt to the water first to beat the heat longer.
4. Optimize Your Windows
In summer daylight, block sunny side windows. 20 percent of summer heat enters your home as sunlight shining through windows. The denser the covering, the better, but even a simple curtain is better than nothing at all. Every little bit of direct sunlight you block from entering your home will keep your home just a bit cooler and allow your air conditioner to run a little less. Add curtains or blinds to rooms that get direct sun and draw them in daylight hours.
During night leave windows open as outdoor temperatures drop below the level of your air conditioning, so take advantage of it. Open your windows and let the cool air blow in. Close the windows and use insulated drapes to keep the sun out during the day and open them at night when the sun is down.
You can also hang a damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your home and open opposing windows or windows on the top and bottom floors for maximum air flow.
5. Cook outside
Ovens and stove tops can heat up a house quickly, making an already warm kitchen stifling. No one wants that. Avoid using the oven and Cook your meals outside as much as possible. Cooking outside keeps all the heat outside and doesn’t cause your air conditioning to run overtime just to eliminate all the cooking heat you create. Any appliance that generates heat adds to your cooling load. An oven baking cookies can easily raise the room temperature 10 degrees, which in turn jacks up overall cooling costs 2 to 5 percent.
Chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven. And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes.
6. Drink Cold beverages
When you’re sweating a lot, either because of exercise or the summer heat, drinking enough water becomes even more important. Water isn’t your only option, but it’s free and easily accessible for most of us. Never let yourself to dehydrate. Increase your water intake. 10-15 glasses of water will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Include drinks like buttermilk, coconut water, cold mint tea and ice cream.
If your body dehydrates with excess summer heat, you would feel dizziness, fatigue, lack of concentration. So always hydrates yourself with water and other beverages.
Brew a pot of peppermint tea and put it in the fridge. Once it’s nice and cold drink it. The menthol in the tea will give your skin a tingly, cool feeling.
7. Chill your mattress
Put soft gel ice packs on top of the mattress and underneath the sheets; try under your legs, neck, or lower back for maximum comfort. Freeze a cotton sock filled with rice, then slipping it between the sheets. The rice will hold a chill longer. You can also go rustic. Use straw or bamboo mat instead of extra-comfy mattress. These all-natural sleeping surfaces are less comfortable, but they don’t retain heat like a puffy, cloth-covered mattress.
8. Spicy food
In summer you’re already sweating and you hate if you sweat more. Eating spicy food increases blood circulation and makes you sweat, so you’ll feel cooler as the sweat dries. The capsaicin in hot peppers encourages your body to sweat more without raising your body temperature. Eating spicy foods actually raises your internal temperature to match the temperature outside. Use chili flakes in your dish and eat chili pepper to increase spiciness in your food.
9. Use a fan
Point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out, and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room. A ceiling fan can be an inexpensive tool for keeping your home feeling cool, but it won’t cool down unless you set it to spin counterclockwise.
A fan will make a room feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Also, a fan works well in tandem with an air conditioner because the dehumidifying action of the air conditioner provides drier air that the fan can then move around. When fan run at night with the windows open, the fan will pull cool air into the house as it vents hot air out through the attic. Most models are designed to slip in between supports for easy installation. In frequently used rooms, install a ceiling fan. You’ll save the most money by running the fan only when you’re in the room.
10. Sleep like an Egyptian
Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some sleep, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you feel like an insomniac in summer, cool your head with a special chilled pillow and sleep on top of a wet sheet like Egyptian method . Egyptian method involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.