Monday, June 22, 2009

Keeping Cool When the Temperature Soars

What do you do when average daily temperatures are in the upper 90's, high humidity makes those temperatures feel even higher, and your central air conditioner breaks? I recently experienced just that, and here's what I learned are the best ways to stay cool when the A/C is broke and the temperature's sizzling.
  • Under no circumstances should you use the oven
  • Close the blinds to reflect the sun away
  • Open all your windows
  • Use your ceiling fans and get the air moving
  • Keep oscillating fans on you in the room you are in
  • Dress skimpily
  • Take cool showers
  • Rinse the dishes in cool water
  • Take the kids to the swimming pool (this one gives you great brownie points with the kids)
  • Go shopping - your A/C may be broke but it isn't broke at the mall
  • Run errands - any excuse to get into the air conditioned car
  • Keep the lights turned off as much as possible
  • Hair up or in a ponytail
  • Light, cool meals are best - simple sandwiches, fresh fruit, cucumbers in olive oil & vinegar
  • Better yet - eat out!
Any other ideas or suggestions? These helped for me, but I'm sure there are more great ideas out there.


Anonymous said...

You can make "home-made" popsickles using lemonade and an ice cube tray. You can sometimes cool off with a visit to friends and family. Another great way to "cool off" is to go out and catch a movie.

Gary Denton said...

Thanks for the information Sheryl! Unfortunately I needed to know this stuff when out AC unit went out last weekend. Lordy, I'm thankful for the cool air blowing on me now as I write this!

Sheryl Tuttle said...

Great additions! Thanks. And I'm glad you have cool air blowing again too, Gary!