Here’s How We’re Keeping Cool This Summer

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With summer comes warmer weather! Warmer temperatures are always a good thing, but you may find you have a love/hate relationship with Spring and Summer if you don’t have an adequate cooling system in your home.

Drink Up.
Stay hydrated by sipping from a water bottle throughout the day. Aim for at least a half-gallon over the course of a day. If you sweat a lot, throw a sports drink or two into the mix to replace lost electrolytes. If you’re tired of water, natural fruit juices are a good alternative (and make great frozen drinks, too, for additional cooling benefits). Add a few mint leaves for a super-cooling treat. Just avoid excess caffeine or alcohol, which can dehydrate you.

Cool Your Neck.
Your body’s main temperature sensor is located on the back of your neck. If you have long hair, wear it up to let breezes reach this area. If you’re going to sit by a fan, make sure it blows onto the back of your neck. A cool compress over this area will also go a long way to helping you feel cooler.

Peppermint is Key.
Rub on some peppermint lotion. The menthol will stimulate your nerves and trick your body into thinking you’re cooler than you are.

Sleep like an Egyptian
You know it’s hot in Egypt, right? The so-called “Egyptian method” of sleeping involves dampening a sheet or towel in cool water and using it as a blanket. We recommend laying the damp sheets on top of a dry towel to avoid soaking the mattress.

As much as I love our family home, we don’t have central air conditioning so when the weather finally starts to pick up, it gets pretty uncomfortable, especially in my office space which is located in our attic.

The cost of central air conditioning is quite unattractive and we’ve tried a number of devices to help us cool the air in our home: fans, window units, oscillating towers, you name it! So we’ve some amazing devices that