So we get it, it’s Fall not Summer, but these temperatures just aren’t dropping so we wanted to give you guys a few tips on how to stay cool during these last few weeks of heat without having to install a brand new A/C.
First we’ll give you some tips on how to keep yourself cool, and then we’ll go over keeping your pets cool and noticing the signs of dehydration.
Keeping yourself cool
There are a couple of tricks to use to keep your house cool.
If you have a ceiling fan:
Change the settings to make it rotate counter-clockwise, who knew the direction of the spin affected the temperature of the home. Turns out, it’s pretty simple to do this, there should be a switch on the fan, just turn it.
If you have a stand-up fan:
There’s a way you could make those more effective. Try positioning a bowl of ice or an ice pack at an angle in front of the fan so the air will circulate through the ice and then into your home.
If you have a large window:
Try hanging a damp sheet in front of windows or doors. This will cool the hot air as it blows into your home.
If you have lightbulbs:
Turn them off. They let off heat so if you don’t need them, don’t use them. Environmentally friendly and effective at preserving the cold. If you must have them, may we suggest CFLs or LEDs? Although they still release heat, it’s much less than the traditional bulb.
If you can’t sleep:
Switch to cotton sheets, much more breathable. Also, switch to cotton pajamas, for the same reason. Although those silk sheets and pjs seem appealing, save those for the winter months.
Or try freezing your sheets for 30 minutes before going to bed. It’ll be the chill you need to fall asleep.
If you really can’t sleep:
Try sleeping in a hammock. Air flow everywhere makes for a more comfortable sleep.
Or sleep outside. Pitch a tent if you can and sleep with the fresh night breeze.
Instead of your usual mattress, go for a straw or bamboo one, they’re lighter and more breathable.
If you’re hungry:
Try grilling, don’t use the over or stove! The oven and stove will heat up your house super fast so try cooking out doors.
Also, try eating foods that are lighter. Vegetables, fruits, legumes, etc., are all much easier to digest than a heavy steak. It will keep your body cooler (and healthier ;))
If you’re getting too hot:
Stay hydrated, cold water is the first step to staying cool in the heat.
Take a cold shower. Maybe not freezing, but at least lower than body temperature.
Applying ice or cold compresses to pressure points can also bring down your body temperature. Wrists, neck, armpits, behind the knees, groin, all good places for some ice.
If you have pets:
We all care about our furry friends so when it’s hot out, we have to take extra precautions to make sure they’re okay. Imagine how hot you are, now put on a furr coat, that’s how they feel. So let’s go over some tips.
If you have a cat:
Refresh their water constantly. Fill it with ice. Even freezing their food for a “catsicle” can help keep them cool.
The ice in front of the fan will help keep them cool as well, try to direct it at their favorite lounging spot.
Provide tile or hardwood for them to lie on. It is much cooler than carpet and could help them out a ton.
Don’t let them play too much. Especially if they’re young, they may not suspend playing time when they should, so it’s your responsibility to make sure they aren’t over exerting themselves.
Check on them through out the day to make sure they aren’t getting dehydrated, look for these symptoms:
- Sunken eyes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Dry mouth.
- Elevated heart rate.
- Decreased skin elasticity (when you pull on a portion of the skin).
If you have a dog:
Just like cats, they need hydration as well. Ice in their water, fresh bowls of water constantly and “pupsicles” are all great options for them.
If they look really hot, dampen their furr and place them in front of a fan. Don’t use ice because it can make their blood vessels constrict, which will make it harder for them to cool down.
Avoid walking them on hot surfaces, or during the hottest times of the day. Evenings and early morning walks are ideal during these hot times.
If their paws seem too warm, get a kiddie pool, fill with water, let them stand in it.
Check in with them frequently, if you have to leave them, make sure their in a shaded area outdoors or better yet, a cool spot in your home.
Knows the signs of dehydration:
- Sunken eyes.
- Dry gums.
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Weakness or collapsing (If this occurs, contact vet immediately)
If you a bird, rodent or reptile:
Keep your bird hydrated, provide water for them to bathe in, keep in a shaded/cool area.
Rodents can have popsicles too! Or provide a bowl of ice, give them a bath (watch a how-to though to make sure you’re doing it right). Put tiles in their cage for a cool place to lie around. Put a frozen water bottle in their cage to keep it cool.
Reptiles typically are found in hot areas so it might not be a concern, but just in case, you can treat them similarly to rodents. Frozen water bottle in their enclosure, air ventilation is important, you can place a fan blowing into their tank, or put a bowl of ice on top of their enclosure so drops of cool water will go into their terrarium.
If you still aren’t cold enough:
Then give Supreme Air Systems a call at 408-376-0406 and we can help you find the right A/C unit for your home. Or go to SupremeAir.net, fill out the contact form and we’ll get in contact with you!