How is it that we forget how miserable summer can be until we're profusely sweating just from sitting outside for our lunch break? Summer isn't all beach trips and rosé on rooftops, people! This season has the potential to be a hot, humid, sweaty mess.
You could blast the AC for the next three months—but it's expensive and not great for the environment—or you could use your awesome design skills to hack your way to a cooler home.
To help, we found seven products that will keep you cool all summer long—stylishly, of course.
1. Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set, $229
Once the mercury rises, swap out your insulating flannel sheets for some linen ones. Linen is breathable and naturally antimicrobial, plus has cooling and moist-wicking properties. Sweet dreams!
2. Helix Cool Pillow, from $115
Why have one cooler side of the pillow when you can have two? Helix uses a high-end ultra cool knit polyethylene that has a higher heat transfer than most materials. Translation? It's cool to the touch and will stay that way all night long.
3. West Elm Blackout Panels, from $39
Not only will blackout curtains block sunlight, they'll keep hot air out and cold air in.
4. Vornado Seafoam VFAN Petite Fan, $149.99
Finally, a fan you actually want to show off.
5. Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link, from $599.99
Or, if you're craving something high-tech, this one from Dyson doubles as an air purifier, which is perfect for combating those mid-summer allergies.
6. Rubber Tree Burgundy, $16
Plants don't only look nice; they can help cool down your home. Rubber plants, for example, cool down air temperature, emit high levels of oxygen, and get rid of nasty air toxins like formaldehyde.
7. W Globe Enclosed CF Bulb, on sale for $2
Keeping your lights off may be an obvious tip, but what are you supposed to do during those hot summer nights? Walk around in the dark? Not on our watch.
Instead, switch up your light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs emit about 90% more heat than fluorescent ones. Thankfully, this compact option from Rejuvenation look nothing like those unflattering overhead lights in your office.