Tips for cooling down without air conditioning
If you don’t have air conditioning when it’s hot outside, try some of the tips below to cool down your body and home.
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Thinly slice chilled or frozen cucumbers and place one in the center of your forehead in hot weather. This will work quickly. Substituting an ice cube or a can of cold soda does the same thing.
You can also keep a spray bottle of clean water by your bedside to spritz on your face when it gets too hot. Splashing water on the skin while using a fan helps cool the body.
In summer, try to avoid foods that heat up the body, such as garlic, peppers, tomatoes, sour cream, and salty cheese. Also avoid hot drinks such as wine or alcoholic beverages in summer, drink plain water regularly to refresh your body.
Wear as few layers as possible on hot days. Wear light-colored clothes and choose natural materials like cotton and linen for better sweat absorption.
Researchers from the University of Oregon (USA) found that using fabrics made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane is suitable in hot climates. These materials feel cooler against the skin in high temperatures because they transfer less heat than other materials.
It will be cooler at night if you wear breathable linen or cotton materials.
Soak your feet in cold water
The ten toes are very sensitive to temperature because there are always many sensory nerves in these places.
In the hot summer, you can refresh your body by soaking your feet in cold water. Put a bowl of water by your bed and soak your feet when you get hot.
Sleep in a low place
Resting or walking on the lower floors of a structure will make you feel cooler. This is because warm air rises and cold air settles.
Instead of staying upstairs, try moving activities downstairs or into the basement. You can also try sitting and sleeping on the floor as this can be the coldest part of the house.
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Making your own air conditioner at home is easy. All you need is a fan and ice.
Use 2-3 bottles, a plastic cup filled with water and 3 tablespoons of salt (about 50g), shake well to dissolve. Place the brine bottles in the freezer (the salt will keep the ice from melting quickly). Place these ice bottles about 15 cm in front of the fan. The wind blowing from the wind evaporates the water and lowers the temperature. After thawing, put the water bottles back in the fridge and use them again and again. This method is cheap but very effective.
Turn off the heat source in the house.
One of the ways to cool a room without air conditioning is to not create additional heat in the room. Incandescent bulbs usually give off a large amount of heat. Compact lamps are more energy efficient and energy efficient devices. Therefore, use compact light bulbs as an efficient way to cool the room.
In addition, desk and computer lights should be turned off when not in use. The TV is also a device that generates a lot of heat, which makes the house more frustrating. Switching off devices immediately when they are not needed reduces the heat in the room and saves electricity.
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For hot and humid climates, consideration should be given to selecting cooling materials that absorb solar energy more efficiently.
In terms of reflectivity, white metal roofs can reflect 66% of the sun’s energy. Compared to other roofing materials, metal roofs cool down faster at night and retain heat for a shorter time. In addition, flat white concrete, terracotta or clay tiles can be used on the roof.
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