Top tips to cool down in a heatwave

On July 1st, 2015, posted in: Latest News by

If you’re not lucky enough to work, or live, somewhere with a quality air conditioning system, you’ll probably struggle to manage through the day and night in a heatwave. These tips should help you to cool down.

Drink plenty of fluids

Regular intake of fluids is vital in a heatwave, otherwise you risk the unpleasant and dangerous effects of dehydration. You should avoid caffeine based drinks and alcohol.

Wear a hat

It may seem counter-intuitive to wear extra clothing when you’re feeling too hot, but a brimmed hat will provide shade for your face and stop the sun from directly beating down upon your head.

Wear loose clothes

Loose fitting clothes made from cotton and linen will let your body breathe. Try not to wear man-made fabrics such as polyester, which won’t absorb moisture and will leave your skin feeling sticky.

Close the windows

Unless the room temperature is warmer than the temperature outside, the best thing to do is keep your windows closed. Closing curtains and pulling down shades or blinds will also help cool down the room.

Aloe vera

You don’t need to wait until you’re suffering from sunburn before you use aloe vera gel. A slather of this natural remedy will quickly soothe skin that’s getting prickly in the heat.

Lukewarm showers

A cold shower will immediately lower your outer temperature, but it will also raise your inner temperature because your body will react to the rapid heat loss. Have a lukewarm shower instead.

Freeze your sheets

Ditch your quilt then put your sheets and pillow cases into the freezer for a few hours before bed in order to help you sleep.

Eat wisely

Snack on small meals, frequently, rather than one or two large meals. Metabolic heat is created when food is broken down, so the more food you eat in one sitting, the more metabolic heat you produce.

Cool your wrists

Place your hands in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes, or put your wrists under cold running water for a few seconds. This will cool one of the main veins in your body, and therefore cool your blood.

Alternatively, you could consider installing air conditioning. Industrial Cooling Equipment (ICE) offers quality, cost-effective domestic systems which also provide heating in the winter. Why not find out more?

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