Beat the Heat Without AC

With the dog days of summer fast approaching, it seems like forever before we’ll feel cool again. If you don’t have an air conditioning unit or central air in your home, you could spend your days (and even nights) feeling miserable unless you’re able to cool down your home.

There are plenty of small things that you can do to beat the heat, so next time it’s the middle of a heatwave and you’re suffering through another afternoon of feeling like a puddle on the couch, use this article to figure out ways to cool down your life.

Calm down your day

The first thing to do when it’s really hot out and you don’t have AC is to adjust your expectations. There are things that you can do to feel cool, but you probably won’t feel as cool as if you just left a huge, air-conditioned mall. One thing you can do to help you feel cooler is to adjust the rhythm of your day.

Do you usually work out in the middle of the afternoon? Try working out either earlier in the morning, or in the evening. The same goes for running errands outside, walking the dog, or any other activity that requires you to be active outdoors. Keep those busier activities for when the sun is lower in the sky.

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Stay away from big meals

Big meals can make both you and your home feel intensely overheated. There are plenty of ways to prepare great food in the summer without turning on your oven, which can add unnecessary heat to your living space.

Focus on summer-fresh veggies or your barbeque, which will allow you to craft amazing meals without heating up your home.

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Open your windows and close your blinds 

Many people have mastered the art of manipulating the hot air around their home, and you can too. During the late morning and early afternoon, which are the hottest parts of the day, close your windows and blinds to keep the hot air out of your house.

Then, when the heat of the day has peaked and it’s getting cooler outside, open all your windows so that the hot air accumulated in your house can escape. Then, the next day, repeat the cycle.

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