With temperatures still above 100°, the metro Phoenix area continues to experience extreme heat. We’ve all heard the mantra to drink more water, draw the curtains in your home to keep out the sun, and to limit the amount of time spent outdoors in order to not become overwhelmed by the desert heat. But there are other ways to stay cool in Phoenix, too.
- Something as simple as eating smaller meals, or grazing, instead of eating three large meals a day can help keep you cool. The body has to work to digest what we eat, which heats us up.
- Placing a bed sheet in a baggie in the freezer an hour or so before bedtime and then sleeping under or on it can help cool your body temperature down, too.
- Filling a hot water bottle with ice instead and keeping it near your feet while you sleep also helps.
- Submerging your feet and/or arms into cool or cold water almost instantly cools our core body temperature. Even the occasional ice cube placed on the wrists offers quick relief.
Years ago, before air conditioning became as commonplace as it is now, people placed bowls of ice in front of fans and the air moving across the ice would cool down a small room or anyone who sat in front of it. Hanging a wet sheet in front of a fan – taking care the sheet doesn’t get pulled into the fan’s blades – also works to cool down an area. These tips would be great to use outdoors on a porch during the hot summer months.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states “Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.” Making sure your a/c is running correctly is what John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling does. As your home comfort partner, John’s has Certified Service Consultants ready to help keep you and your family cool and safe. But we’ll still remind you to drink water, too.