I will be sharing 10 summer ideas to keep you feeling cool.
These are practical things you most likely do already but thought they’d be a timely reminder.
Plus, I’m sharing a nifty idea that’s portable.
#1. Keep curtains closed.
My husband is an expert when it comes to cooling down a home.
His HVAC job has taught him a thing or two. And this is one of them.
If you don’t have an AC, here are a couple of ideas to help keep your home cool during the day.
- At night open up your windows to let your home cool down.
- In the morning close all the windows and close all the curtains.
As the day grows hot the curtains are buffering the heat that is reflecting from the glass of the windows.
You can test this by putting your hand on the floor in front of your window on an extremely hot day. You can feel the radiant heat.
By shutting the curtains, this will help alleviate this heat.
If it’s still hot after closing the curtains it could be what kind you’re using.
Using blackout curtains can be an extra guard to keeping the heat out.
I’m linking an example of blackout curtains that would work for the bedroom, living room, and dining room.
#2. Put a fan in each room.
Ideally it is better to invest in an AC unit for the entire house.
The cost can estimate around $3,000 to $12,000 depending on square footage.
For a lot of us that is not in the budget.
The next best thing is to invest in some fans.
- box fans,
- window knockers (window AC units),
- large units with dual hoses (suck out the hot air and blow in the cool air)
What I’m recommending are these small ones that can easily be put in each room. (Photo is a link.)
They are affordable, and will create a comfortable temperature for everyone.
Tip: Make sure to find a unit that will cool the square footage you’re needing.
#3. Put your feet in water.
When it is so hot that sitting in the house is uncomfortable.
And going outside is that much more miserable.
Sometimes the best solution is to put your feet in some nice cold water.
You can do this at the lake, ocean, or at home.
Grab a comfortable chair like this foldable Adirondack Chair.
Sit on the edge of the lake or ocean and put your toes in the cold water to cool off.
Place the chair out into the lake or ocean as far as possible without getting wet.
It’s so soothing on hot days.
It’s like an oasis.
Don’t have a lake or ocean nearby? No worries.
This may not be as fun but it will cool you off. Put your feet in a foot bucket like this one below.
Or a simple bucket while the kids or grandkids are running in the sprinklers.
You can keep cool, too.
Now for more summer ideas to keep you feeling cool.
#4. Keep cool under a gazebo
This is the simplest way to bring needed shade to your backyard.
We placed one on our deck that fits perfectly.
It’s like adding a room to the house.
Pulling the curtains closed gives privacy if you live an arm’s length away from the neighbors as we do.
I love putting my wicker furniture and some cozy pillows to relax under the gazebo (canopy).
The summer evenings are a dream when the coolness overtakes the sweltering heat.
#5. Sun Tea
The next few ideas are probably the most important.
Staying hydrated by drinking water or ice tea is a must.
I’m sharing with you an old favorite.
Peach sun tea!
How to make it.
- Put one gallon of fresh filtered water in a jar.
The jar I’m sharing is 96 oz. (The photo is a link.)
- Add 4-5 large family size tea bags into the jar.
Photos are links to the teas I recommend.
- Put it in the sun for 1 to 3 hours depending on how hot it is outside.
- Pour the sun tea over the ice.
- As the ice melts, add more until it is fully chilled.
Most of us know we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
But when the weather is hot, it is that much more important.
Having a nice sturdy water bottle to refill and use at work, outside while gardening, on trips to the beach, store, or on the road traveling is nice to have for the day.
The water bottle I’ve listed above is leakproof and keeps water cold for hours.
This Stanley brand has been around awhile and I’m glad to pass on a nice stout water bottle to you.
I gifted my dad the original green one and he loves it.
I don’t know about you but sleeping in the heat is uncomfortable.
I’ve been on the look out for a nice cooling blanket.
This one is white.
There are other colors to choose from.
#9. Portable neck fan
I mentioned I’m sharing something nifty.
It’s this portable fan to keep you cool.
You hang it around your neck.
The USB charge lasts 2 to 6 hours with continuous use.
I’m gifting this to one of my daughters. She loves neat gadgets like this.
#10. Long sleeve UV shirt
You’re probably wondering why I’d include a long sleeve shirt for keeping you feeling cool.
This shirt has UPF 50 to keep your skin protected against the sun.
The fabric is quick drying so that you’re not sweating.
I love the side slits so that I don’t have to tuck it in.
I hope you were inspired with these 10 summer ideas to keep you feeling cool.
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