10 Tips to Beat the Heat
Our summer in Kansas City has been absolutely insane! From constant rain to multiple tornadoes, this summer is also a scorcher with a heat advisory multiple times this week. Here are ten tricks to keep you cool and safe!
Keep the curtains or the shutters closed. It keeps the sun from streaming directly in which helps keep your place a little cooler.
Hang a wet sheet in front of the window. When the air passes through the damp cloth, the moisture cools it off.
Pour some ice into a bowl and place them in front of a fan. This will cool that wonderful breeze.
Turn your fan around to face out. This will blow the hot air out of the house. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it so it spins in the opposite direction and blows the hot air up and out.
Arm yourself with a spray bottle filled with chilled water and douse yourself liberally! As the water evaporates, it cools you down. You can also try plunging your hands into a bowl of ice water.
Turn off (and maybe even unplug) your appliances. That means your computer, your tv, your chargers — they all give off heat, as do your dishwasher and your clothes dryer. Try drying your dishes and clothes the old fashioned way (air drying and line drying). You’ll save energy and keep the house cooler.
Switch to CFLs. Not only are they good for the environment because they use less electricity than conventional bulbs but the bulbs don’t get nearly as hot.
If you have a white noise machine, try rain or waves. The cool sounds will help you feel cooler.
Strip your house of its rugs, throws and knick-knacks: Try filling it with plants instead. It’s a visual trick that, like the aural trick above, works to fool your mind; bare surfaces look cooler which in turn makes you feel cooler.
And the most important tip of all: DRINK FLUIDS! Water especially. Avoid caffeinated products as well as alcoholic.
Stay safe Kansas City!