It may not look like it right now, but summer is well underway, and before you know it we’ll all be wishing air conditioning were more popular this side of the Atlantic. So how do you keep cool without spending a fortune on all the American mod-cons?
It may seem absolutely simple, but ice is your friend. Getting some cold packs on the go in the freezer is a marvellous idea, but remember to wrap them in a towel or accompanying cosy, as you can hurt your skin by holding something too cold to it for extended periods of time. Your wrists, ankles, throat and neck are good areas to cool that will allow you to chill your entire body.
Ice lollies are obviously an excellent way to cool down, but they are full of sugar and cost a bit. If you buy some fruit juice and freeze it, in ice cube trays or in specialised lolly trays, you can save some money and be sure all you’re getting is fruit juice. To make it even tastier, you can squeeze the juice yourself!
Fans only paddle the air around, however, the illusion of coolness and the draft can help immensely. Buy an oscillating fan from a local shop for under £20 and you can change the entire room into a much cooler place to be. Alternatively, having a ceiling fan installed can cost a pretty penny, but it will be well worth the money if you find it difficult to cope with a lot of heat. Many people find them invaluable in the bedroom, and if you are one of the thousands who get too hot as they sleep you may find it absolutely indispensable.
Breathable fabrics such as cottons and linens are a must, and shopping for a new summer wardrobe may be a great idea. While skirts are excellent for the ladies, sweat and friction may cause chafing between the thighs. Baby powder or Lanacaine can help, as can wearing cycle shorts under the skirt. The latter may only serve to undo the coolness you’re seeking to achieve, however, so it may not be the best idea.
If you find it impossible to sleep without your duvet, but sweat yourself into a puddle under the comforter, take the duvet out of the cover. You can leave it at the foot end of the bed in case the temperature takes a nosedive, but sleep under the cover alone. It will be much cooler, and yet give you the sense of being covered many people need in order to sleep comfortably.
Finally, open windows are your friends! Don’t just open one; opening multiple will create a draft between the windows that will allow you some serious cooling you won’t get with a single open window.
Keeping cool can seem like an impossible task, but you can do it if you follow these tips – and you can save a tonne of money by doing it sensibly.