As the Global warming rises, many countries especially Asian have seen new all time high summer temperatures. The severe heatwave has effected the lives of many people including you probably.
Let’s go through the ways in which you can protect yourself in this scorching heat.
Whether you’re without power, enduring extreme heat or trying to save money, there are ways to feel comfortable without artificial cooling.
Heat can foster fun summer activities, but the body shouldn’t be too hot for too long, as too much heat can harm your brain and other organs, according to the US National Institutes of Health. Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system, but when that’s not enough, there’s increased risk for developing the heat-related illness hyperthermia — signs of which include heat cramps, heat edema and heat stroke.
When you’re hot and flushed, the first and most important step to cooling down is to drink plenty of water, according to Wendell Porter, a distinguished lecturer emeritus in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.
He went on to say that the temperature of the water doesn’t matter because your body will heat it up. If your body is hot and needs to cool down, it won’t be able to do so without enough moisture, because the body cools itself by sweating.
Take a Cold Shower
Taking a cold shower or bath helps cool your body by lowering your core temperature, Porter said.
For an extra cool blast, try peppermint soap. The menthol in peppermint oil activates brain receptors that tell your body something you’re eating or feeling is cold.
Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists
Place a cold washrag or ice bags (packs) on your wrists or drape it around your neck to cool your body. These pulse points are areas where blood vessels are close to the skin, so you’ll cool down more quickly.
Use box fans
Place box fans facing out of the windows of rooms you’re spending time in to blow out hot air and replace it with cold air inside.
If the temperature in your location fluctuates between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the mornings and evenings, a cross-flow ventilation system can be achieved by opening windows on both sides of the house during certain periods. You can use or not use the fans if you do this, but the fans will assist chill the house faster, according to Porter. The outside can suck hot air out of your house, resulting in a lower temperature or a breeze. Just remember to close windows as soon as the sun comes out, then open them again when the weather cools down.
You might not typically leave windows open for safety reasons, but if you’re at home more anyway due to the pandemic, this method could be feasible, Porter said. Just resting near a fan would reduce your body temperature as well.
Close your curtains or blinds
Close the drapes or blinds over windows that face the sun in the morning and afternoon to “prevent the sun from coming directly into the house and heating up (the) inside,” according to Porter.
You might also use blackout curtains to insulate the space and prevent temperature fluctuations during the day.
If you do switch on the air conditioner, don’t lower the temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit in order to chill the house faster, according to Samantha Hall, managing director of Spaces Alive, an Australian design research firm that helps to develop healthy, sustainable buildings.
“It just takes longer to achieve that temperature and will keep going until you get a little chilly and it becomes difficult to balance,” she explained. Rather, keep the temperature of the device as high as feasible while being comfortable.
Sleep in breathable linens
Cotton is one of the most breathable materials, so cotton sheets or blankets could help keep you cool through the night.
The lower the thread count of the cotton, the more breathable it is, Porter said. That’s because higher thread counts have more weaving per square inch.
Sleep in the basement
If you can’t sleep through the night because you’re too hot, try sleeping somewhere besides your bedroom, if that’s an option. Heat rises, so if you have a lower or basement level in your home, set up a temporary sleeping area there to experience cooler temperatures at night.
Close the doors of unused rooms
If no one’s using a room that doesn’t have vents or registers, close the door to that area to keep the cool air confined to only occupied areas of the house.
Enjoy frozen treats
Eating an ice pop or ice cream to cool down may help for a moment. But don’t go overboard on the sugar if you’re overheated or at risk of being overheated, Porter said.
“Sugar would run your metabolism up and you’d start feeling internally hot,” he said. “So the cool treat might be good, but the extra sugar might not.”