10 Tips to Stay Cool in the Heat

by Joanna

I’m no meteorologist, but I have a feeling this summer is going to be a hot one.  (Anyone remember the summer in Eau Claire that the temps didn’t get above the 70s?  That was awesome.)  Not being a fan of the heat and humidity, I thought it would be a good idea to give some tips on how to stay cool in the heat.

  1. Stay inside. Obviously, this can’t be done all summer and not everyone has AC.  Let’s move on.
  2. Drink a lot of water.  In general, half of your body weight in ounces is what to aim for; when you’re sweating a lot through heat or exercise, more is recommended.
  3. Keep shades closed. The sun coming in through closed window can increase inside temperatures.  I even ran across these window films to block out UV rays.  They are similar to window coverings people put up in the winter to stop drafts.  Except opposite.
  4. If you need to be outside, and it’s extremely hot and sunny, use an umbrella. You would be surprised and how much cooler it is from the shade it provides.
  5. Spend time in the lower level of the house because heat rises.
  6. Make sure your ceiling fan is running counter-clockwise.  This will move the air down.
  7. Exercise at strategic times.  Early in the morning or later in the evening is prime. 
  8. Take cool showers.  There are a lot of benefits to taking cool or cold showers in general.
  9. Avoid using the oven.  Pizza can be delivered, or salads are a great option on hot nights!
  10. Visit places with AC: the library, the mall, movie theaters, museums, etc. 


Check on the elderly who are more at risk for heat related illnesses and don’t forget to keep an eye on your pet’s water dish to make sure it is full!

Check out these tips from the American Red Cross for what to do during a heat related emergency or how to treat heat – related illnesses.

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