Beat the Heat! A Cheat Sheet

27 May

If you’re gearing up for some summer adventures it’s time to slap on the sunscreen and hydrate like a fish. The heat in desert is no joke, but there are several things you can do to keep yourself safe from the sun while having your fun. Here are five tips to help you beat the heat this summer.

  1. Be a bird or a bat – wake up early or sleep late
    Try to limit your time outside when the sun is the highest in the sky and when temperatures are at their peak! It is brutal on your body to be out around noon or 4pm because it is just too hot. If you are out at this time make sure you have sunscreen on with an umbrella or hat on. Unfortunately, especially in the desert, skin cancer is a real threat so try to take steps to avoid that in the future by starting now and avoid getting sunburned!635940317249431197545406390_giphy-1.gif
  2. Make the most of your A/C – open a window while your swamp cooler runs, close and cover windows, use fans
    Some may not know this but if your house or apartment has a swamp cooler, it will work more efficiently if you crack open a window or a door. It will enhance the air circulation and cool your house down faster. However this is the opposite if your place has A/C. With this, you will want to keep all the cool air in your house and it may escape if you have a door or window open. Even the little cracks below your door or the window sills can let air slip out so try to cover them. The more simple and easy things that you can do around your house over the summer can include using a fan or cover the windows!
  3. Spritz it up – douse yourself with a spray bottle or spritzing fan
    This option can come in handy especially during monsoon season and if you have a swamp cooler! Unfortunately the humidity that is in the air during monsoon season can prevent your swamp cooler from cooling down your house (if you have one, I’m sure you know that!). Simply go out and buy a cheap spray bottle or spritzing fan and whenever your hot you can use that to cool down. Other tricks that I have learned over the years with a swamp cooler is you can use a wash cloth or cool rag, damp it with water and then put it over your head or around your neck. Another one, if you have long hair, is to turn the shower or sink on and wet your entire head with cold water. Leave a lot of the water in (without dripping and making a mess around the house) and it will cool you down in no time!year-in-review-animated-gifs-als-ice-bucket-challenge-3.gif
  4. Take time to vent – open the windows at night to cool the house down
    To save some money, at night is the perfect time to turn off your cooler in the house and open windows. The difference of the highest and lowest temperature in the desert is about 30 degrees and trust me, it works to stay cool.
  5. First stop, hydration station – drink enough water before during and after summer outings
    This is the most important thing on the list. Many people think that you should only drink water when you are thirsty for it. If you have a craving of water, you are already dehydrated. In the summer time, in the desert, it is recommended to drink around 30 cups of water and more if you are going to be directly out in the heat or exercising. Make sure if you are going to be outside in the heat to bring big gallons of water or plenty of water bottles!drinking-water.gif

Please try to stay cool and keep safe this summer!
-Amanda

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