5 Tips for Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave

5 Tips for Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave

Joelle Alcaidinho
Jul 25, 2011

To be perfectly frank, Summer is our least favorite season and this heat wave is not improving our opinion on the season. If you happen to live in an apartment like ours with one tiny window AC unit at one end of the home and 90+ heat at the other then you have come to the right place for tips on keeping cool.

Those who do not have the luxury of AC or are concerned about the energy AC units use, know that often in order to keep cool, one has to get creative. Getting solace from the oppressive heat is not as easy as flipping a switch but luckily there are a few things one can do to get some relief from the heat.

1. Frozen Washcloths
Although it sounds a little odd, believe us this tip works (courtesy of the writer's dad who works outdoors in Florida) and will provide some relief especially on those nights where it is too hot to sleep. Take a washcloth and soak it in water, wring and shape into a "U" and stick in the freezer. Once the washcloth is frozen, take it out and wrap it around your neck. The cooling will distribute to the rest of the body quickly and the cool lasts long enough for one to fall asleep.

2. Damp Towel
Hang a damp towel over an open window (as long as you are getting a breeze) to provide a cooler breeze. This will give a little relief but we have not found it as effective as the frozen washcloth in tip 1.

3. Ice Water + Fan
Stick a bowl of ice water in front of your fan to help circulate the cooler air. We were surprised at how well this worked when sitting at a desk with a small fan and bowl of ice water.

4. Close & Cover
Unless there is a cool breeze coming in those windows, it is best for them to be closed and covered. Block sunny heat rays by using heavier than usual curtains.

5. Build your own AC
Being the site that we are we would be remiss not to mention all of the great AC building projects that we have featured:

Other great tips for keeping cool include eating spicy foods, drinking cold water, staying in the basement, and taking a cold shower, what are some of yours?

(Images: Flickr members Ryk Neethling and Louis Abate licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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