2. Improvise your own air conditioner
You can try putting a bowl of ice in front of a fan. Now, instead of blowing hot air, your fan will send around some cooler air. This makes a difference in keeping cool.
3. Stay in the basement
Just like some of you, we've spent time in houses without AC. It's not so bad when you remember that basements are usually a couple of degrees cooler since they are partially in the earth. You can easily notice the difference in temperature when you walk up the stairs.
5. Keep them closed
If the temperature outside is more than 77 degrees Fahrenheit, keep the windows and everything else closed. The hot air will creep inside a cooler house otherwise. Also, most people start sweating when the temperature hits 78 degrees.
6. Use an AC smartly
Use a fan and your AC at the lower setting. The AC acts as a dehumidifier and makes it a lot cooler, while the air is recirculated using the fan instead of using the AC to accomplish this.
Eat light, eat spicy and hydrate as much as you can. It's a well known fact that eating spicy foods cools you down as you will sweat more. It's also important to replenish the water that you lose from perspiring. -
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