I just went to my freezer, not to get anything out of it, just to enjoy the cool air. I’m not a fan of high temperatures. I admit, summer is not my favorite season. I’m one of “those” people who enjoys shoveling snow in winter and bundling up to take a nice cool walk. Heat just isn’t my thing. Thank God I’ve got a few window air conditioners here (one in the living room, one in the girls’ room, and one in the boy’s room). I know I’ll be paying for it on my electric bill, but it’ll be well worth it!
So, what exactly are your options for cooling down in this scorching heat? I suppose that depends on your budget. I’d have to get a whole new heating system in order to have central air, and that is not in my budget, so window air conditioners were the next best thing. What if your windows just won’t fit a window air conditioner? There are portable air conditioners starting at $112.99 at Sears. They’re just air conditioners that you don’t put in a window, a pretty simple and ingenious invention if you ask me.
Are air conditioners out of your price range? You could try to suck the hot air out of your house by putting window fans in backwards.
Don’t have window fans? Take a cool bath, drink some cold water, go to a swimming pool, swim at the beach, stand in front of your freezer (ok, not my greatest advice, but it is refreshing). I’ve also read that running cold water over your wrists cools your body. It has something to do with the blood flow there I think.
Don’t like any of those ideas? How about going somewhere? Drive, anywhere, with the air conditioning on. Visit a friend or family member that you know has air conditioning. Go to an air conditioned restaurant, store, or shopping mall. Go grocery shopping – in the freezer section. Go to an air conditioned church. Go somewhere, anywhere, that’s cool.
If none of those ideas work for you, just try to be as lazy as possible. Don’t heat up the house making dinner. Don’t get over-heated doing housework. Don’t take an evening walk if it’s too hot. Just relax.
Still thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about? Maybe you’re right. Maybe I am clueless. Or maybe my air conditioner malfunctioned and this is all just the heat talking. Seriously though, try to keep cool. I usually don’t splurge on much other than food, but I gladly splurge on keeping cool on these nearly 100-degree days!
And one more thing: If you are too hot, seek medical attention if you’re concerned about heat stroke or heat exhaustion. And don’t forget to check on your elderly neighbors!
Article by Randi Millward