I have actually had a pretty disappointing summer this year with regard to the weather. The whole month of July was unseasonably cool and even now the forecast calls for rain almost daily. Whereas I’m used to the summer days here being around 30 degrees C. To look on the bright side, I am grateful that there are no forest fires which are usually a problem for us. Anyway, some hot weather is finally in the forecast starting this weekend, so I’ve been looking for ways to cool down without air conditioning which can be bad for your health and the environment.
9 Ways to Cool Down Without Air Conditioning
1. Drink Cold Beverages
Of course it’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot and you’re sweating. You can have the added benefit of cooling your body temperature if you make it something cold. Consuming slushies in particular was actually studied on athletes attempting to exercise in the heat, and the participants showed lower core temperatures and improved endurance.
2. Eat Cold Treats
Again, consuming anything cold will cool your body from the inside out. Of course the first food that comes to my mind is ice cream, which I definitely indulge in every once in a while throughout the summer. However, for a more regular basis, there are also healthier options. Some of my favourite cold, healthy-ish treats are homemade popsicles, banana “ice cream,” or DIY blended iced lattes.
3. Turn on a Fan or Two
Air movement can feel cooler, even when the air is warm. To make the effect even stronger, put a bowl of ice in front of the fan so it actually does blow cooler air out. If you have two fans, place them in a way that they blow the hot air out of your home and cool air in. If you have a ceiling fan, ensure you have it rotating counter clockwise.
4. Use the Egyptian Method
I remember years ago a friend telling me that he does this to cool down and sleep at night in the summer. I thought he was nuts. Then when I researched this article, I found out other people do it too, and it even has a name. The Egyptian method involves wetting a sheet, towel, or even a shirt – damp, but not dripping – with cool water and laying it over top of yourself in bed (or wherever you are).
5. Take Advantage of Your Body’s Cooling Spots
I remember my mom telling me to put my wrists in the lake to get used to the cold temperature before swimming, and I had no idea why. Now I know that these are pulse points. You cool off your blood and thus your body temperature. You have pulse points or cooling spots near your temple, neck, wrists, insides of your elbows and knees, inner thighs, inside ankles, and tops of your feet. Place ice wrapped in a towel on these points to cool down.
6. Have a Cold Shower or Bath
I think this is pretty self-explanatory. Having a cold shower or (short) bath will naturally cool down your body temperature. Interestingly though, there are a number of health benefits suspected of having cold showers. Some of these include alertness, circulation, fat burning, muscle recovery, decreased stress, and relief from depression symptoms.
7. Don’t Generate Heat
Avoid generating any additional heat in your home. Do not use your stove or oven. Other major appliances like the dishwasher or clothes dryer will produce heat as well. Even running electronics and turning on lights creates heat so avoid them as much as possible. Thankfully the summer has long daylight hours. To prepare meals consider barbequing instead or having cold soups and salads.
8. Close the Blinds
The summer heat will come in through your windows, especially if the sun is shining on them. I know it’s sad to do, but keeping your blinds closed will make a huge difference in keeping your home cool. You can open them back up once the windows are in the shade.
9. Get Ticklish
Do you remember that, “Dot, dot, line, line, spider crawling up your spine…” game that children play in elementary school? It ended with tickling and the line, “Now you’ve got the shiverees!” Tickling can actually produce a momentary cooling effect on the body when those goosebump-producing chills occur. I can’t imagine that this is a very effective strategy long-term, but hey, it’s fun.
How do you cool down without air conditioning?
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