Keeping yourself and your home cool during sweltering summer months can be both challenging and costly.
Fortunately there are little things that can be done to make your living space less warm, and protect yourself against heatstroke, too.
Here are 5 easy ideas that you can try.
1. Care for indoor plants
Certain plants can help bring down the temperature in a living space by absorbing warm air, and releasing oxygen and moisture to cool the area. Placing plants like aloe vera, peace lily, spider plant, and snake plant around your house can make the space more beautiful, and more comfortable.
2. Open up your windows
When it feels cooler outside than inside your home, usually early in the morning and in the evening, open up some windows to let air flow through. Experiment to see which windows are best to open, and which to keep closed for optimal cross-ventilation.
3. Enjoy a cold beverage
Keeping yourself cool is extremely important when it’s hot outside. One of the simplest ways to do this is by staying hydrated. Water is your best thirst-quenching option, but you can also choose to indulge in fresh juices or smoothies, iced tea, lemonade, and other cold drinks that are perfect for summer.
4. Take your workouts inside
Exercising indoors during the summer months can help protect your body from harsh sun exposure, and extreme heat. Be sure to choose a well-ventilated area as your workout space at home, and try to schedule your exercise time during hours that aren’t too hot.
5. Relax in front of the television
Because the body releases heat when you move, taking the time to relax and stay still can help keep your body and your space cool in the summer. The best way to do this is to put on your favorite movie or TV program, and settle in for a few minutes or hours of viewing.