In summer, heat waves can strike areas where cooler climates are the norm. In these areas, many homes don’t have air conditioning, and surviving in extreme temperatures becomes a challenge for everyone. The following steps will help you keep your place cool during a heat wave even if you don’t have an air-conditioned home.
1.Use ceiling fans and box fans to promote air circulation across your home. Using box fans to push hot air outdoors and opening doors in the house can function as an “exhaust” system and bring cooler evening air into the house.
In the evenings, all windows should be opened to promote as much air circulation as possible. When the sun rises, one should close all doors and windows to keep the indoors cool for the entire day. When the outside air cools, open up the windows and turn the fans on again.
2. Fill buckets or basins to soak your feet. Wet towels and bandannas will have a cooling effect when worn on the head or shoulders. Take cool showers and consider using a spray bottle filled with water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.
3.Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a house will be warmer than the floor. A basement can act as a cool refuge from the midday heat.
4.Eliminate sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs generate unnecessary heat, as can appliances left running. Eat foods that do not require you to use the stove or oven to prepare.
5. Remember to have an adequate level of hydration, which means you will need to consume additional water than you usually do when it’s hot. If you are sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolytes by eating small portions of food with your water or by drinking electrolyte replacement drinks. It is pertinent to state that thirst is the first sign of dehydration.