How To Beat The Heat This Summer

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Summer got off to a slow start, but now that it's July, the temperatures are rising. I love summer, and the hotter the better. But not everyone feels the way I do. Chances are that you love summer, when you can sit in the backyard sunbathing and sipping a refreshing cocktail or mocktail or slurping on a juicy popsicle when the heat and humidity are at their lowest.

But what happens when you just can’t seem to get away from the heat? What happens when it gets to that stage where it is unbearably hot - the kind of heat where you struggle to eat and sleep, let alone continue with daily life?

Obviously, you want to enjoy summer and all the activities that go along with it. But you also don’t want you or your little ones to end up uncomfortable or unwell because of the heat. The good news is that keeping cool this summer doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, it’s just a case of knowing the steps to take to beat the heat. Here’s how to do that in a range of places and scenarios.

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Keeping cool at work
Staying cool while at work in high temperatures can be a struggle, depending on whether your employer has air conditioning and how effective it is. While most modern air conditioning systems spread cool air throughout the entire facility, older systems aren’t always as effective. In this instance, perhaps investing in a fan for your office space whether it's a cubicle or an actual office might be a good idea.

Another option could be to freeze a bottle of water the night before and take it with you to drink throughout the day - in an office environment staying hydrated is vital. It could be worth picking up a bottle that has a screw-in ice block that runs down the center of it, to help keep the water cool for longer.

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Beating the heat at home
Most modern homes are designed to be light and airy, which means that they tend to have lots of windows. While this is great for allowing natural light into your property, it’s not so great when the weather starts to heat up, as the more windows your home has, the more sunlight and heat that tends to enter the property. One way to keep your home cool is to use blinds to prevent too much sun from shining into your home.

Another option is to utilize your air conditioning system, to ensure that your home is kept nice and cool. If your air conditioning system isn’t working as effectively as it could be, this may be a sign that there’s a problem with it. In this instance, it’s best to call in the experts and get the problem fixed pronto. For a quote use a service like Academy Air air conditioning repair that is reputable and well-known in the area. It’s always best to use a company that has a good reputation.

If you have a pool, spend as much time in it as possbile. Don’t have a pool? Consider investing in a blow-up pool instead, or maybe a slip and slide? Another way to keep yourself and your little ones cool could be to have a water fight complete with plenty of water balloons.

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Ensuring the kids stay cool at school

Most schools now have air conditioning installed, which means that your little ones should be nice and cool while in class. However, that’s not guaranteed to be the case. My daughters' school's classrooms are not air conditioned. Some rooms in the schools are (administrative offices, library, cafeteria).  If you are unsure whether your child’s school has air conditioning, get in touch with them and ask. If not, perhaps sending them in with a handheld fan could be a good option?

For when they are outside, make sure to pack sunscreen - a high factor if possible, and a water bottle. Again, freeze the bottle the night before so that it stays cool for longer during the day or invest in a bottle for each of your kids that has a screw-in ice back that runs down the center of the bottle. After school, to help them cool off, treat them to popsicles or ice cream and a new bottle of water. This will not only cool your children down but will also help to prevent them from becoming dehydrated.

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