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Stay Cool This Summer by Trying These Five Things

Extremely high temperatures can cause heat stroke, dehydration and other serious health issues, so it is important to stay cool during hot weather. Heat is particularly dangerous for the elderly, the very young and those who suffer from chronic illnesses. While trips to the swimming pool and runs through the sprinkler are always welcome distractions when the temperature rises, here are five other ways to stay cool and beat the heat this summer.

Change Your Clothes

During hot weather, wear loose, light-colored clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and seersucker. Encourage airflow by leaving tops untucked and protect your face from sunburn with a hat. In extreme heat, wet your clothes with cool water. They will cool your skin as they dry in much the same way as your sweat does when it evaporates from your skin.

Get to the Point

Applying cold water to pulse points on your body cools you down if you start to overheat. You can run water over pulse points, wrap a wet scarf around them, or apply ice packs or cubes. Pulse points are located on your neck, wrists and the tops of your feet as well as on the inside of your elbows, knees and ankles.

Eat Less

Digesting large meals heavy in protein forces your body to fire up certain muscles and digestive enzymes that generate heat in your body. To stay cool, opt for frequent light snacks of chilled fruit or low-fat dairy treats and skip hot meals.

Sleep on Ice

If you have trouble sleeping in the heat, tuck a frozen hot water bottle under the covers with you next to your feet or knees. A cool head makes your whole body feel cooler, so replace latex and down pillows with cotton ones in the summer and switch to satin or silk sheets. On really hot nights, throw your pillow in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for an hour before bed.

TLC for Your AC

Sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to avoid it by spending time indoors with the air conditioner on. To ensure your air conditioner is working properly and as efficiently as possible, have an HVAC professional from Aurora Mechanical Ltd. clean and check it in the spring before hot weather arrives. Also remember to change the air filter and clear dead leaves, weeds and other debris away from the unit’s outdoor components.

Staying cool in the hot summer months is a situation that everybody has to address each summer season. Following these simple tips will help you stay cool even in the most blistering of heat waves.

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