Whoever decided houses by the beach don’t need central AC clearly didn’t live in my house. As I sat to put this list together last night at 10 PM, my thermostat read 84°. Thats at least 10 degrees hotter than I prefer but I would have settled for a balmy 80° at that point. Heading into a little SoCal heat wave, I am looking for anything to make these next few days and nights bearable. Don’t get me wrong, I love working out of my house, but a nice air conditioned office is sounding awfully tempting at the moment. If you are facing a late summer full of sweating on the sofa while trying to enjoy the Olympics, I put together a collection of a few cooling tools to help you beat the heat without completely sacrificing your home’s style.
If you don’t already have blackout curtains, get some. Especially if you’re eco-conscious or trying to save some money on the electricity bill. Adding a blackout drape under your existing curtains will help insulate your house from the daytime heat.
Never underestimate the power of a fan. I recently learned that by facing the blades towards an open window (effectively blowing air out of the room), the space will cool faster. As long as the temperature is cooler outside than inside, hot air will be sucked out of the house and cool air will be drawn in.
Remember to stay hydrated. When your losing fluids through persperation, they need to be replaced so your body doesn’t over heat. Sounds simple enough but I have a hard time remembering to drink enough water throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll set my phone alarm on every hour and when it goes off, I make sure I drink the whole glass sitting next to me.
If all of these options are either too expensive or too much hassle, there’s always the old bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan trick or even keeping a spray bottle nearby to cool down. I have already ordered a set of paper fans to have in my house so I can offer some relief to house guests that are about to pass out in my living room.
Items shown above: 1. Blackout Drape Liner from Pottery Barn, $19-$69 2. TYKHO Fan by Marc Berthier $20 3. Arden Floor Fan by Fanimation $329 4. CE North America KUL Personal Misting Fan, $15.99 5. Paper Hand Fans from Wholesale Central 6. Peace and Harmony Reusable Water Bottle by SIGG, $21.99