On hot, sticky days during the height of summer, air conditioning can be a lifesaver. Cooling the air quickly, this wonderful invention brings welcome relief at work and at home and can be especially good at night when you want to get some sleep. But there wasn't always air conditioning. The type of system people know and love today wasn't invented until 1902, and yet people still managed to survive living in stuffy homes under the blistering summer sun. If your air con isn't working and you're awaiting repairs, here are some simple ways to keep yourself cool and comfortable.
Close your curtains during the day
Keeping the heat out is one of the most effective ways to ensure your house stays at a reasonably comfortable temperature. Keep those curtains closed during the daytime, blocking the sunlight and minimising the warming effect. When it gets to evening, if it's cooler outside than in, open up your windows to let some of that pleasant air in.
Limit the heat you're introducing to the house by getting the barbeque out and leaving the indoor cooker switched off until the weather cools down.
Use your fan more efficiently
If you have an electric fan, there are two ways you can improve its cooling ability. First, you can use it to set up your very own makeshift air conditioner. Just fill a bowl or another shallow container with cold water and place it in front of the fan and the fine particles will help cool down the air.
Second, if there's a build-up of stuffy air inside that's made it warmer than outside, position a fan so it's blowing out of a window. Open a second window, and the air circulation will bring the temperature down.
Cool your feet
This is a really easy one that can work wonders. Fill a decent sized container with cold water, take off your shoes and socks, and sit with your feet in the water. You might be surprised how quickly this can cool your whole body.
Drink some hot tea
Yes, you read that right. This might sound counter-intuitive, but sipping on a hot cup of tea can make you sweat just enough that it cools you down in the long run. If you can bear to drink it, that is.
Chill your sheets
If you're struggling to sleep, popping bedsheets and pillowcases in the fridge for an hour or two before bedtime makes the whole experience much nicer and should keep you cool just long enough to nod off.
Hello, welcome to my blog. My name is Joe. For many years, I worked as a contractor for an appliance servicing company. I have repaired every type of appliance found in the average home. A lot of the time, I had to repair appliances which had stopped working because they had not been properly maintained. I would do my best to educate people on the steps they need to take in order to keep their appliances in good working order. However, I would still get called out to jobs to repair and replace appliances which had been neglected. I decided to start this blog in order advise others about appliance care.