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Summer Steamer: Ways to Keep the Heat at Bay

Cooling bills can run high during the hot summer months, and sometimes there’s no way around turning the AC up high and hiding inside on a muggy afternoon. But there are plenty of ways to ward off the heat if you are willing to get a little creative.

Eat Smaller Meals

The more food you eat, the harder your body has to work to metabolize it, creating metabolic heat. Cut down on meal portions and east less when you can.

Eat Spicy Foods

Believe it or not, eating spicy foods actually cools your body down. It might be hard to think about forcing spicy peppers or dishes down when it’s blistering hot outside, but the hot food stimulates the heat receptors in your mouth, which increases circulation and causes sweating. This, in turn, cools the body down.

Stay Downstairs

We all know that heat rises. So when the hottest part of the day hits, leave the AC on low upstairs and head to the basement. Underground levels can be up to 15 degrees cooler than the upper stories of a home.

Use Peppermint

Peppermint is a natural coolant, so chew some mint gum, or drink iced peppermint tea to cool down your system.

Stay Indoors

Summer is the perfect time to run around and enjoy the great outdoors, but don’t do it during the hottest times of the day. Between 11:00am and 3:00pm, try not to be too active. Sit in the shade or stay inside. Don’t go on a run or play sports if you can avoid it—save these active hobbies for the early mornings or evenings when it’s cool.

Choose Clothing Wisely

Choosing summer clothing can mean either stripping off as much as you decently can, or covering up as much as you can stand. Covering up more skin will deflect the sun’s rays and protect your skin from the heat. Wearing a hat will protect your face and scalp from burning as well. For example, people from extremely hot, dry countries like in the Middle East wear more clothing rather than less during the hottest months. Don’t wear heavy clothing, though—stick with lighter colored, cooler fabrics like cotton and hemp that won’t trap the heat against your skin.

Take Cold Showers

There’s nothing wrong with showering in the middle of the day if you need to. Relaxing in a cool shower or bath will help keep your body temperature down.

Hydrate

This goes without saying, but it’s important to drink a lot of water during the summer. The more active you are, the more you should be drinking. When you sweat, you lose a lot of body water, which can lead to dangerous levels of dehydration.

Spend Time Away

If your house is too hot for comfort, spend the hottest parts of the day out and about. Turn the AC up in your car, go grocery shopping, to a movie, to a mall, or to a public library.

Turn Up the AC

When worst comes to worst, it’s better to turn on the AC and spend a little extra on a cooling bill than spend the summer feeling miserably hot. You don’t want to risk getting sick or dehydrated, so don’t make the AC out to be the “bad guy.” Have a professional company like CampbellCare Plumbing, Heating & Air come out and check your Delta HVAC before summer starts so that you know it’s in good working condition and you’re not wasting money on an inefficient air conditioner.

Summer is full of endless possibilities, so don’t let the heat beat you down. Find creative ways to stay cool, and make your summer one to remember.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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