Cool ways to stay cool
6/27/2013 7:13:00 AM
Temperatures are climbing every day, the heat index is rising and the increasing rain keeps a constant mugginess in the air.
For some people this is tropical splendor, exactly the reason they live in South Florida.
For others (me), summer is a constant chase for an air conditioned room, an ice cold glass of water or a pool. If you also find the summer temperatures a little oppressive, here are some ways to keep your personal temperature at a comfortable level (without racking up huge electric bills).
1. Keep your a/c working efficiently by changing the filter regularly. One way to make it a monthly habit? Change the filter the same day you pay the mortgage (or the electric bill!).
2. Help your a/c do its job better by using ceiling fans to move the cool around; and turn off appliances and electronics when they're not in use.
3. Drink lots of cool water. A quick way to cool a bottle of water - pop it in the freezer for half an hour - just enough to get a few ice chips.
4. Cool your pulse points. A cold towel or an ice pack on your wrists or neck will help reduce your body temperature. This is especially helpful if you exercise outdoors.
5. Dress for cool success. There's a reason the guayabera is popular in tropical areas. Wearing a shirt untucked helps promote air circulation. Lightweight materials like cotton and linen, especially in light colors, don't absorb the sun's heat the way polyesters do.
6. Cool from the top down - cooling your head cools your entire body. Wear a hat or cap outdoors. In bed at night, use a pillow made of cotton - or try one of the newer pillows made with icool technology.
7. Use a sun reflector on your dashboard when you leave the car in the sun.
8. Try one of these innovations:
The i-Fan portable personal fan - attaches to your iPhone
The Fan Umbrella - a fan is built into the peak of the umbrella
This nifty water pitcher with a filter for tea bags or fruit to infuse cold water.