With the ever increasing temperatures this summer its incredibly important to do everything you can to keep cool and comfortable. Extremely hot weather can effect sleeping patterns, appetite and motivation with the even greater concern of heat exhaustion which can turn into a medical emergency known as heat stroke. While it is impossible to avoid the hot weather there are some simple things you can do to make your home and yourself more comfortable.
Keep Your House Cool
Keep your window shades, blinds or drapes closed during the hottest time of the day. Blocking most of the sun from entering the room will reduce the temperature increase inside the home. This is not crucial if you have newer windows with a low solar heat gain glass coating as that will reflect most of the heat.
Also keep windows closed for as long as possible in the morning. Opening them will allow warmer air to enter while letting cooler air accumulated during the night to escape. Only open windows that are in the shade, if there is a breeze and at night.
Turn on a Fan
A fan wont cool the room but it will create air movement so that it doesn't feel as stuffy and stagnate . If pointed directly at you it will cause perspiration to evaporate quicker which will help to reduce body temperature. Sometimes a fan is all you need to make a room liveable.
Switch out sheets for a light and breathable fabric and don't forget to change the pillow covers as well. Depending on how hot it gets you might even want to completely replace the duvet with a thinner topper or remove it all together.
Keep Your Pets Cool
Don't forget about your furry family members as they can be effected by the hot weather just as much as us. Always make sure to keep your pets water dish full of ice cold water and even consider adding an ice cube or two every couple hours on the super hot days.
Find a pet bed or mat that is designed to be cooling. The gel filling works to naturally pull body heat away.