Keeping Cool in the Midst of a Heat Wave

Posted on Aug 28 2016 - 9:55am by Ave

Unless you are lucky enough to live in a cooler climate, you will likely experience the displeasure of a heat wave at least once throughout the summer months. Humidity, soaring temperatures, and sweatiness are all part of the fun, and it can seem like it will never end.

It will end, though, and there is relief available in the meantime. You can stay cool, stay stylish and keep the family from going insane. If you want to make it through the heat, there are a few tips to remember that can make the temperature infinitely more bearable for everybody.

As with most things, the key is planning ahead. Have you thought to keep your AC system fresh? What about dressing in cooler clothes? Those who are prepared will fare best in the battle against the burn, and you can join their leagues by following these simple steps. You can’t control the weather, but you shouldn’t let it control you either.

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Dress for Success…and Sun

The first step to avoid overheating is to dress for the weather. This can be a challenge when any and all clothes feel like an imposition, but there are some general guidelines to follow that can make a big difference. The whole family, especially kids, should wear clothes that are thin and light-colored. Because dark colors absorb heat, the difference between a navy blue shirt and a white shirt can be massive. If you don’t already have and adequate arsenal of heat-appropriate clothes, take the opportunity to do some shopping and get prepared for the incoming temperatures.

Stay Refreshed With Refreshments

Summer calls for sweet frozen treats, and this is especially true in the midst of warmer weather. Adults in the family should avoid alcohol and caffeine in their drinks, and kids should steer clear of excessive sugar. Light, frozen and fruity drinks are great for the whole family, though. Keep ingredients on hand so you can be ready when the hottest days hit. It’s fun to make an activity out of it and try new drink recipes to stay cool with. Kids will love the taste and it’s the perfect way to get some relief from the heat outside.

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Don’t Risk an AC Breakdown

Most families prefer to keep the air conditioning off for as long as possible. This is reasonable, and of course, nobody wants to pay more for their energy bill than they need to. There comes a certain point, however, when the AC becomes a necessity and it’s time to adjust the thermostat. This isn’t the moment you want to discover you’re in need of an AC technician.

How can you ensure this does not happen and keep your AC system fresh? Once again, preparation is key. Regular maintenance can prevent surprise breakdowns and keep your AC running through the summer. Don’t neglect routine service on your HVAC system, lest you be stuck in a heat wave with no AC. A professional contractor can keep your system in great shape and keep your family from melting when temperatures get too high. When the heat wave hits, you’ll know the investment is worthwhile.

How do you keep cool during the summer?

 

*Unedited Beat the summer heat: Citrus Dip image by Ruben Alexander (CC BY 2.0)

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  • Robin Rue

    Great tips to stay cool. It’s been one of the hottest summers on record here in Boston. I am looking forward to the fall.

  • These are great tips. I live in North Carolina where the heat gets scorching! I am guilty for wearing dark clothing… Great idea to wear lighter colors.

  • Michele

    With the heat we have been having this summer I had to get a new A/C. My old one literally broke down and the fan wasn’t helping very much. Best investment I’ve ever made!

  • Oh I hear you I live in Florida and we sweat by the AC. It is such an important part of our lives and the comfort at home. Better start saving since those units only last 10-15 years.

  • Christine Tatum

    Unfortunately we have the A/C on much of the year. Living in Florida means it is warm most of the time. We had to get a new unit this year. I would not be able to live here without it!! Thanks for the tips!

  • Ugh, I cannot believe how muggy it has gotten here in New York City this month. These are some great tips for keeping cool during a heatwave.

  • We had some pretty hot summer days this year. We kept cool by jumping in the pool as often as we could.

  • We had some very hot days thus summer and I’m glad it’s over. We try not to use a and prefer fans but, there are times we just gave to use it.
    Elizabeth Frank