We are all excited to get outside and enjoy the warm summer weather. The warm breeze the sun kissed skin…but what do you do to keep you and your apartment. We've come up with a list of things to do that will help you beat the summer heat.
Keeping your Apartment Cool
Block out the Sun during the Hottest Parts of the Day
Close the curtains and shut the blinds, this will help keep the heat out and your apartment cooler. The hottest part of the day is midafternoon and the key to keeping your apartment cool is to keep the sun out. Blackout curtains are a great option as well, as the white from the backside reflects the sun away from your apartment.
Circulate Air using Portable Fans
By using portable fans, you can create an airflow to the rooms you are using. For best results close the doors to the rooms you are not using, thus ensuring that the air flow goes to where you need it the most.
Make your own Cold Air
Fill a large bowl with ice/ice packs and put it in front of your fan. As the air from the fan blows, it will blow the cold air from the ice/ice packs creating a cool breeze.
Avoid using Heat-Making Appliances
The last thing you want to do on these hot summer days is to make your apartment hotter by using heat producing appliances. This is a great time to try some new recipes that don’t require cooking. https://www.delish.com/cooking/g1451/quick-weeknight-no-cook-recipes/
Open your Windows at Night
Most warm days usher in cooler nights, so take advantage of it! Open your windows and let the cool air in, and to really get the breeze moving, set you fans up and circulate the cool air. Just remember to close the windows in the morning.
Put your Sheets in the Freezer
Sleeping when it is hot is uncomfortable, and miserable. Try putting your sheets and pillowcases in the freezer for a few hours. Make your bed right before you get in and enjoy. This can help cool your body down enough to fall asleep without the tossing and turning brought on by warm temperatures.
The same trick will work for clothes, so while you cannot open the freezer to cool the room, you can use it to cool your pajamas.
Keep you cool and protect yourself from the Sun.
The hot sun can take a toll on your body. If you are not careful you can end up with heat stroke. We’ve put a list together of precautions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Limit Sun Exposure
The best way to prevent an over exposure to the sun is to avoid prolonged time in the sun. When doing activities outside, look to do them before 11am or after 4pm, when the sun is not at its strongest. If you do have to be outside during the peak heat times, then try and stick to the shade.
Wear sun Blocking Clothing
Wearing clothing that is both breathable and that covers your arms and legs will protect you from prolonged sun exposure.
ð Hat. Ideally a hat with a wide 4 inch brim that covers your neck, ears, eyes and scalp is best, as it has the most coverage. .
ð Sunglasses - When choosing sunglasses ensure that they have UV protection. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause long term damage. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/uv-protection/faq-20058021.
ð Clothing – look for lose fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your legs and arms. There is clothing made specifically for wearing in the summer with UV protection. https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/sun-protection
Drink cool liquids before you feel thirsty when out enjoying the summer heat, to decrease your risk of dehydration. Stay away from alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages, and stick to water, juices and if necessary, drinks with electrolytes.
There are many types of sunscreens on the market, from lotions, to sprays gels and creams. No matter what type you pick you need to start with a minimum of a SPF of 30. A "broad-spectrum" is even better with the ability to protect from ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays Use lip balm or cream that has SPF of 30 or higher to protect your lips from getting sunburned.
When applying sunscreen, do so at least 15 to 30 minutes before going in the sun. Don’t forget to cover your nose, ears, lips, hair part and back of your neck. These are the most common forgotten areas to cover in sun block.
Don’t forget to reapply sun block every 2 to 3 hours or after swimming or sweating a lot.
If in doubt, always remember you ABC’s!
- Away. Stay away from the sun as much as during peak heat times
- Block. Always us Sun Block with SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin.
- Cover up. Wear loose breathable clothing that covers your skin and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses.