When we think of summertime, pleasant thoughts of road trips with friends, chilling out at the beach, enjoying family barbecues, and the sounds of the ice cream truck rolling down the street often come to mind. But summer is not all sunshine and daisies. Well, actually it pretty much is. But for those that dread the return of Sweaty Back Syndrome in the dog days of summer, how can you keep your cool? If you can’t spend your days sitting poolside, sipping on frozen margaritas or holed up all day in the ice cold A/C, binge watching Netflix, we’ve got a few #CoolTips to help you beat the heat, whether you’re at home, outdoors, at work, or in your car.
When it comes to what to wear, you’re looking for one key thing – breathable fabrics. Natural fibers such as cottons, linens, and silks allow for better air circulation, which helps in absorbing body moisture caused by sweat. Sweating is our body’s natural way of cooling down. Aside from non-synthetic fabrics, lighter colors can also keep you cool outdoors as these help reflect some of the sun’s light and heat away from your body. Still wondering what to wear? Cotton? Check. White? Check. So what else is there? Loosen up. Wearing looser fitting clothes provides breathing room between your skin and your clothes which allows heat to escape from your body and increases airflow.
Whether hand-held or electric, paper or battery-operated, fans can keep you cool by constantly moving air. This moving air helps accelerate sweat evaporation, thus keeping us feeling cool. There are right and wrong ways to use fans. To get the most out of ceiling fans, you want to adjust the settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out of the room. For box fans, point them outwards so they push hot air outside. Electric fans tend to do a better job of cooling someone off directly than cooling off an entire room, but here’s a great hack to give it a little boost: bowl of ice + fan = one happy camper.
It pretty much goes without saying that you need to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated in the heat. Drinking water helps replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. Water carries heat away from your internal organs before serious damage occurs, which can lead to heat stroke, and can be life threatening. Common signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, nausea and dizziness. Prevent that by staying hydrated from fruits, vegetables, and other beverages. It’s best to avoid caffeine and alcohol (sorry!) as these promote dehydration.
We’re talking about actual shade, whether it comes from a tree, carport, or parking garage – park in the shade whenever you can. We’ve all experienced getting into a parked car on a sunny day. It feels like you’re climbing inside an industrial-size oven, and all you can think about is getting the A/C running to cool it down before you get baked. How hot can your car get? Extremely hot. Studies have shown that after just one hour, the average car is 43 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. Can’t find any shade? Pick up a sun shade for your car. They’ll help prevent you from burning yourself on the hot interior. We’re partial to this Millennium Falcon one.
Use A/C Pro®
The better your car A/C works, the quicker it will cool you down. If all it does is blow lukewarm air on hot days, your car will never reach a comfortable temperature. If your car’s air conditioner no longer does a good job cooling the air, it’s most likely low on refrigerant. It’s a common problem in cars that are at least a few years old, since the rubber A/C components can dry out over time and develop tiny leaks.
Luckily, you can fix this problem in about 10 minutes with a single can of A/C Pro®. It both recharges the system with refrigerant and seals the leak that caused the problem. And thanks to its unique formula, A/C Pro® can actually produce colder air than when the car was brand-new.
We’ve got you covered when it comes to being cool; check out our post on How to Cool Down Your Car as Quickly as Possible. And for more #CoolTips to get you through the summer, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.