16 Sure-shot Ways To Beat The Heat During Summer Without AC
Summers are here! Well, its the perfect time to savor refreshing iced drinks and enjoy pails of your favorite ice cream too. However, all is not so glorious about the summers especially when the temperature is rising like never before. Thanks to global warming. While the AC seems to be a life saver for summer-time, the truth is actually the reverse. Air conditioners largely contribute to global warming and also to the hole in your pocket. This new age gizmo uses up tons of energy jacking up soaring electricity bills. So, for all those budget conscious, environmentally responsible folks out there, we have 16 sure-shot ways to beat the heat this summer, without AC. Check out!
1. Go for cotton
Summer is the time to embrace the cotton fabric. Not only when it comes to choosing your garments but also your bed linens and curtains. Cotton is breathable and promotes airflow in the room.
2. Go loose
Save the tight fitting jeans and body hugging tops for comfy loose clothes. After all, you wouldnt prefer getting stuffed up in your own skin in this stuffy weather!
3. Sleep the Egyptian way
Well, the Nile dwellers were a master when it came to fighting the summer heat. The Egyptian method of sleeping involves using a dampened towel or sheet as a blanket to keep cool while sleeping. We suggest you to lay the damp sheet on top of a dry sheet to save the bed linen from getting soaked.
4. Make a DIY Air Conditioner
Yes, you can do it, buddy! Think of the times when refrigerators were actually ice boxes that contained real blocks of ice. All that you need to do is place a shallow tub of ice in front of a stand fan. The breeze given off by the fan will pick up the cold water from the surface of the ice when it melts and thus, create a cooling mist.
5. Create Cross Breeze In Your Room
Place a fan in the opposite direction of a window. With this, the wind coming from outside and the wind from the fan will combine to create a cooling cross breeze in the room. Sounds interesting, nay? You can go for a more fancy technique by placing a few more fans at different corners of the room so that the airflow gets more boisterous.
6. Sleep Alone
Sorry for offending the love birds but sleeping all alone in a bed is recommended for summer-time. Couple of folks on the same bed will make it a sweaty, sticky pit of despair instead of a calm and cool oasis.
7. Sleep In The Open
Get a space for yourself in the terrace or garden or a balcony. Set up a cot or a hammock in the open and sleep like a king under the starlit sky.
8. Keep Yourself Hydrated
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Dehydration is one of the worst things you can do to yourself during summers. Drink a lot of water and fresh fruit juices to keep yourself fully hydrated. Also go to bed only after you have guzzled a glass or two of water to avoid getting dehydrated while you toss and turn in your bed.
9. Bathe Twice A Day
Even thrice if needed! It all depends on the temperature at your city. Bathe before going to bed to get a babys sleep.
10. Turn Off The Lights
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A self-explanatory thing in itself! Light bulbs, even the so-called environment-friendly CFLs give off heat. During summers the sun stays till late evening so try and avoid electric bulbs as much as possible in order to avoid useless heating of the room.
11. Pop Your Bedsheets In The Fridge
Not so crazy as it sounds! You can wrap your bedsheets in plastic bags and keep them inthe fridge for about an hour and spread them on your bed before you go sleep. An awesomely eco-friendly way to keep cool at night!
12. Hang Your Damp Laundry In Front Of Doors And Windows
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Its better to avoid the open area of your garden or terrace to hang damp laundry during summer-time. Hanging them in front of your doors and windows is a great way to beat the heat during summer. This is a sure-shot way to bring down the rooms temperature in hot and humid weather.
13. Cook Light, Eat Light
It is recommended to cook and eat light during summer. It is never a welcome idea to rustle piping hot casseroles and roasted steaks during the hot months. Too much cooking will generate excess heat in the house. Go for room temperature dishes, like salads and sandwiches. Also lighter dishes will be easy on the stomach. Switch bigger meals with smaller and lighter ones so that your body can metabolize them easily. Your body is likely to produce more heat if you gorge on spicy, heavy food.
14. Have A Cold Feet At Night
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There are multiple pulse points in the ankles and feet. So you can cool down your whole body just by cooling your ankles and feet. So, if you want to beat the heat this summer, wash your feet with cold water as many times, especially before hitting the bed. You can be more precise at this by keeping a bucket of cold water near your bed to dip your feet in it whenever you feel hot at night. Sounds cool, isnt it?
15. Sleep In Spread Eagle Position
Sleeping alone comes with a lot of benefits (remember point 6?). You get a lot of space to stretch out and sleeping in spread eagle position is best for bringing down body heat. It also allows air to circulate throughout your body. By the way, the spread eagle position means sleeping with arms and legs stretched out without touching each other. A perfect way to beat the heat during summer nights.
16. Sleep On A Straw Or Bamboo Mat
Swap those extra comfy mattresses for rustic straw or bamboo mats. Though these natural sleeping surfaces seem less cosy, they dont preserve heat like those puffy mattresses that are a killer in disguise.
So, try out these 16 eco-friendly ways to beat the heat in summer times. If you have some more innovative and eco-friendly ways to save yourself from blues then do let us know in the comments section! Happy summer folks!