Summer is by far my favorite season! I’d much rather be sweating my buns off than freezing under layers of clothing and blankets. I grew up without air conditioning, and neither our old apartment or our new house had central air, so I’ve always had to find creative ways to keep cool on the cheap. You don’t need to spend a fortune to beat the heat! Check out some of the tips below to stay cool this season…
1. Use floor or ceiling fans. Fans cost a lot less than air conditioning units, and are often portable, so you can move them from room to room as you need them. They’re great for circulating the air in your house!
2. Open your windows at night. I actually prefer this to sleeping with an air conditioner on. Not only will a breeze keep you cooler, but it’ll help your house smell fresher. We spend most of the year couped up inside the house, so I love to bring a little of the outdoors inside. Using a window fan through the night will keep you even cooler!
3. Keep shades and curtains drawn when it’s sunny. You’d be surprised how fast sun shining through a window can heat up a room. You can also purchase room-darkening curtains that are designed to keep the heat out and the cool air in.
4. Avoid excessive use of appliances. Nothing heats up the back of our house faster than using the oven. In the summer, I try to stick to lighter meals that require little use of the oven or stove to reduce the amount of heat they give off.
5. Change your bedding. It never fails – no matter how hot I feel when I go to bed at night, I always wake up with blankets on. Your body naturally cools itself as you sleep, so it’s normal to yank them up over you without even realizing it. To avoid waking up a sweaty mess, choose sheets that are light and breathable. Switch out your heavy comforter for a lighter-weight quilt.
6. Wear lighter clothes. I had to convince my husband that there was such thing as a “summer wardrobe.” Wearing looser clothing made of lighter materials will keep you much cooler than heavy knits, and it can make all the difference. Choose shirts without sleeves and shorts instead of pants when appropriate.
7. Tame your mane. Opt for a shorter hairstyle or stylish ponytails in the summer so it isn’t trapping the heat by your neck.
8. Treat yourself! Cool treats and icy beverages can help to bring your body temperature down. What better way to beat the heat than with a bowl of ice cream or a frozen margarita?
How do you keep cool without spending a fortune? Share your summer tips with us!