The grass is always greener on the other side, and that’s especially true when it comes to season. During winter, all you want is a warm summer day. But when the December heat bears down on you and you’re sweating buckets, oh what wouldn’t you give for a bit of cool breeze…
Today we have a couple of handy tips to help you cope with the heatwave, so you can still enjoy summer time – because right now the grass really is greener.
1. Cooling the home
First up, keep the heat out. Block draughts and ensure there is sufficient insulation in ceilings and walls. Closing curtains and shading the outside windows with awnings, vines, trees or a shade sail can also help to keep the house temperature low.
In Victoria, our long hot summer means having an air conditioner is more of a necessity than a luxury. Investing in a reverse cycle air conditioning system can make the heat much more bearable during the warm days, as well as heat up the home in winter.
Make sure to set temperatures on the air conditioner between 24 and 25 degrees to avoid putting additional load on energy usage. Even one degree cooler can up your cooling bill by 15%!
2. In the kitchen
When temperatures are running high, the oven is a no-go. That's why summer is the perfect time to use your creativity in the kitchen and find innovative ways to prepare meals.
Not cooking food all summer long is bound to get boring, so thank goodness for appliances such as rice cookers, microwaves and slow cookers. These low-effort appliances can make a nice hot meal without making your house overheated.
Your fridge isn’t just for storing food, you can put household items and beauty products to cool them off too.
Want to have a good night’s sleep during summer time? Chill your bed by placing folded sheets and pillow casings in plastic bags and letting them cool off in the fridge for a few hours. Pull them out just before going to bed for a cool and comfortable sleep.
Keeping face creams and foundations in the fridge can prolong their shelf life; the cooling sensation upon application is extra bonus during summer.
3. Backyard and the barbeques
Summer is the season for pool parties, beach time, and of course, barbeques. No, we don’t mean in the middle of the day but when it gets cooler in the evenings, cooking in the backyard can be a lot nicer than cooking in a sweaty kitchen. Pull out the bean bag, garden furniture and mozzie coil, and make your outdoor space a nice place to hang out.
4. Water is your best friend
Staying hydrated is the best way to keep cool. If you're tired of the same-old ice water, add some fruit slices to sparkling water or make flavoured ice tea with tea bags.
Another simple yet effective way to lower the body temperature is by spraying yourself with cold water from a spray bottle.
When all else fails, taking a cool shower once or twice everyday never disappoints. Frequent showers help lower body temperature while also rinsing off body sweat, making you feel a lot more comfortable even during hot days.
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