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4 Solutions to Help Your Family Stay Cool This Summer

Many families dread the warm Summer months, especially when it feels like they can’t combat the oppressive heat. Turning the air conditioner to its highest settings is one option, but that isn’t economically feasible for most families. If you would like to beat the heat without breaking the bank, then you might want to consider some of these affordable tips:

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Use Your Fans and Windows More Efficiently

No matter how hot it might be outside, there are ways to lower the temperature inside your home by at least a few degrees without even touching your air conditioner. The first thing you may want to do is reverse your ceiling fans so that they are spinning in the counterclockwise direction. This helps create the most air movement in the center of the room.

You also need to experiment with opening and closing various windows throughout your home. This helps get some of that natural, pleasant breeze blowing through.

Stay Hydrated

When you are dehydrated, it will be nearly impossible for your body to effectively regulate its temperature. During a heatwave, you might need to double your water intake just to stay adequately hydrated. Avoid sugary beverages and ones that are diuretics such as iced coffee, iced tea, and alcohol.

Those who are tired of drinking plain ice water can spruce up their refreshments by infusing the water with mint, lemon, lime, rosemary, or berries.

Have Your HVAC System Serviced

There may come a point when you need to turn on your air conditioner for at least a few hours every day, and you want to be sure that it is running as efficiently as possible. Changing the filters and cleaning the outside of the condenser is relatively easy, but you should contact an HVAC contractor, at least once a year for a comprehensive service call. These specialists can help with issues such as topping off fluids, replacing belts, and cleaning the ducts.

According to one of North Carolina’s air conditioning experts, having a clean air conditioning system can help reduce the discomforts of muggy air so you and your family can relax during the hottest of months.

Watch What You Eat

Your temperature will naturally rise and fall throughout the day, and many of those variations are caused by eating. Just minutes after you eat, your body temperature will naturally rise by a few degrees in order to digest the food.

The type of foods you eat will impact your temperature as well, and spicy foods tend to cool us off because they induce perspiration.

Those who continue to feel hot even though the ambient temperature is relatively comfortable should speak with a doctor. A variety of different medical conditions can cause an individual to struggle with their body temperature including hyperthyroidism, menopause, and high cortisol levels.

Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.


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  • I agree with you, esp with staying hydrated… never really thought about the food tip, but I can see why. Thanks for these remedies for hot humid icky weather!

  • Definitely make sure the HVAC service is up to date. We had a bad summer a few years ago where it just stopped working and it took a few weeks to get a new one because it shut down. it was miserable without AC

  • I make sure to stay hydrated and I always open all the windows for some fresh air. We also have ACs in the bedrooms. Ice cream for snack helps a lot too. 🙂

  • These are all great tips. I always make sure my girls are drinking enough water, especially in summer. It’s so important for them to stay hydrated.

  • This is some awesome information for helping the family stay cool in the summer. I didn’t think about the body temp going up after eating. Thanks for sharing the information.

  • As temperatures soar and thousands head off on holiday to make the most of the long, hot summer days. Thanks for sharing this!

  • What a kismet way to find this post: I just wrote about helping dogs consume water and you have a stay hydrated tip. I love that you are ahead and sharing these valuable tips. Summer is coming!

  • Great solutions. Simple but they always work. I’m heading to the sea this weekend and needed to be hydrated. Thanks for reminding.

  • These are all such great tips for staying cool in the summer. Chicago can get very humid so I don’t know what I would do without my AC and fridge full of cool drinks.

  • Very interesting how spicy foods cool us even though they are “hot” lol. Love that tip! We usually leave our windows open and have the ceiling fans and attic fan on – that attic fan does wonders!

  • YES! Living in Colorado has taught me to stay hydrated. It gets so dry and so hot here, and since we’re so high and the altitude is crazy, it’s best to stay hydrated or else we would be in trouble.

  • I try to pick activities that will keep us cool in the mid summers heat. We like to go to the local water park. The movies is always a nice air conditioned treat as well.

  • I remember the days before we had central air. It was so horrible! Fans help at night, but not during the day! I guess it depends on what state you live in as well for the heat.

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