We can all recall a particularly hot summer day – sitting outside, the condensation on your glass of water matching the beads of sweat forming on your forehead. When you couldn’t take the discomfort any longer, you went inside for some relief, only to be hit with an even stronger heatwave because – you forgot – you don’t have AC.
If this is your current reality, you’re probably burning up just thinking about it. But living without AC doesn’t have to leave you in a puddle of sweat and defeat; you just need a little innovation.
Here are the best hacks to help you emerge as the victor in your battle with summer heat.
1. Get Into Some Good Habits
It’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives, but paying a little extra attention to your daily habits during the summer months can really pay off. Be sure to close your blinds and windows to keep heat out during the day, then open both to let cool air in at night.
But don’t just worry about the sun – appliances generate heat, too. Turn your lights off whenever you can and consider unplugging your electronics when not in use, especially overnight.
2. Spark Up The Grill
This is another appliance that, obviously, produces heat. Try to make meals without using the oven this summer. Barbecue instead, if you have one! But there are also plenty of meals you can make without cooking. It’s nice to eat fresh and light meals in the summer anyway, and some foods can help keep you hydrated, which helps too!
4. Know Your Body's Cooling Zones
Keep cold washcloths handy, or ice packs, and use them when you need a quick cool-down. The trick is where you apply them. Target pulse points on your body (like wrists, neck, behind the knee, side of your forehead) where your veins are closer to the surface, which will help lower your blood and body temperature quicker.
If you’re lounging on the couch at home, try soaking your feet in a bowl of ice water for the same effect. For something you can take on-the-go, this DIY body mist is supposed to have a cooling effect, too.
5. Chill Out at Night
Although the air outside is usually cooler, you may not even notice once you go to sleep in your sauna – we mean, bedroom! First, you should opt for breathable, cotton bed sheets. If that’s not enough, you may have to go for the “Egyptian method”.
This hack involves sleeping covered in a sheet dampened with cold water. It may not be the most comfortable for some, but it will certainly cool you off. Alternatively, hanging a damp sheet in front of your open window is supposed to have a cooling effect.
3. Make Use of Your Freezer
Store some cups in the freezer so all your drinks will be instantly ice-cold. Stock up on popsicles or make yourself some homemade slushies. There’s even a study that shows drinking a slushie before exercising in the heat can increase your endurance! Hey, it's worth a shot, right?
6. Apply Physics to Your Fans
Using fans to cool down is no hack, but figuring out the right positioning of your fans can make all the difference. You may already open your window at night and have a fan blowing, but did you know it can actually be better to position your fan to blow out the window? This works because it draws hot air out through the window, drawing cooler air in. If you have ceiling fans, make sure they’re set to rotate counterclockwise in the summer.
7. Blow Some Arctic Air
This hack is especially helpful for those who work from home. Sitting at your desk, typing away with clammy hands is not ideal. Put a bowl of ice water in front of your desk fan and it should pick up the cold water, gracing you with a cool, misty breeze.
8. Build Your Own AC
If you have the time and skill set, you may want to try your hand at making a DIY air conditioner. We can’t say we know if it will work or not, but it could be a fun project that’s worth the effort if it does!
9. Stay Hydrated!
Finally, the easiest hack to apply is staying hydrated. Think of water as AC for your body. And if your insides are cooler, it won’t matter so much how hot it is outside. Right? Seriously, though, it makes a huge difference.
You don’t have to blow up your energy bills to keep you and your home at a comfortable temperature. See how creative you can get and face the summer heat with confidence, saying, “no AC, no problem!”