Logbook Loans: Top Tips for keeping cool this summer
Logbook Loans advice for surviving the heat on a budget
This year no-one can complain about the British summer! We have had weeks of hot sunny weather – even during the school holidays. The problem is that some of us are beginning to find it’s just a bit too much. We love the sun but after such a prolonged period of it we are getting tired of feeling hot and uncomfortable and are beginning to wish it was a little bit cooler.
Rather than wishing away the good weather, let’s look at Top Ten Tips from Logbook Loans to keep cool this summer that do not cost a fortune:
- Keep hydrated
This is one of the most important things to do in hot weather. If you don’t drink enough water you will soon start to feel unwell, with headaches and tiredness. Hot drinks can also help to cool you down as they raise your body temperature and cause you to sweat, which then takes away some of the heat of your body. Also try placing a cold cloth to areas such as your neck and wrists, to help keep your body temperature down.
- Spice up your life! The last thing you may feel like eating in hot weather is spicy food such as curry, but it can really help to cool you down. Any recipe using chili peppers will contain capsaicin, a heat compound that stimulates sweat production; and as we saw above, sweating helps the body to lose heat so you will feel cooler.
- Get in the water! Immersing any part of your body in water can help you to cool down. So do go for a dip whenever possible, and make sure children and pets have safe and supervised access to water such as paddling pools and streams. You can also achieve a quick fix by plunging your hands or feet into a bucket or basin of cold water.
- Dress for cool During a heatwave you need to think carefully about what you wear. Natural fabrics such linen and cotton absorb sweat and allow your skin to breathe. It is also much better to wear loose clothing rather than anything too tight as this will allow air to circulate next to your skin. Also think about the colour of your clothes. White and paler colours are good if you’re out in direct sunlight a lot as they reflect the heat better than darker colours. But if you are going to be spending time in the shade, black and darker colours are more effective as they will radiate out heat, cooling you down.
- Close curtains and blinds.If you have thick dark curtains or blackout blinds it is best to keep them open during the day so that they do not keep heat trapped in the room. But lighter curtains and blinds can help to reflect the sun’s rays back out of the room, so keep them closed during the day. You might also want to put something reflective on the outside of the glass – similar to the screens that go on a car windscreen – to bounce the heat away and keep the room cool.
- Manage your windows The golden rule here is that if the room you are in is warmer than the temperature outside then open the windows to let the cool air in. But if the temperature outside is hotter then keep the windows closed. Wherever possible try to get a good flow of air going: if you open both upstairs and downstairs windows, this can improve the circulation of air through the house as the hot air rises and cold air enters through the ground floor windows. But always remember to think of home security and safety when it comes to leaving windows – particularly downstairs windows – open.
- Get the best from your fan Many of us have fans but it sometimes seems that all they are doing is blowing hot air around. One way to get round this is to place the fan next to an open window, so that it draws in the cooler air from outdoors. Another trick is to place a bowl of ice at an angle in front of your fan so that the air from the fan cools as it blows round. Also make sure that the fan is blowing air to your face. The face has so many receptors on it that cool air on it will make a big difference to your comfort.
- Cool your sheets Make sure you are using the lightest weight bedding that you have during the summer, and that you change it regularly to keep it fresh. Cotton is the best fabric for sheets and duvet covers as it breathes easier and stays cooler. Additional cooling can be achieved by either slightly dampening your sheets or putting them in the freezer for a while before bedtime.
- Chill your pillow Some pillows are cooler than others. For a really cool pillow try a buckwheat pillow which allows air to circulate more freely than a conventional pillow. Or you may want to try either placing an ice pack underneath your pillow or creating your own “Chillow” by filling an inflatable camping pillow with iced water before bedtime.
- Sleep downstairs If all else fails and you really can’t sleep because of the heat then how about sleeping downstairs? Heat rises, so downstairs will be cooler. Or if you have a garden and feel safe then even camp outside? Either way, you could make it into a fun family sleepover experience and hopefully all be able to cool down a little at night.
We hope that these tips from Logbook Loans will help you to keep your cool this summer and enjoy the wonderful weather. Don’t forget to check back here soon for more top tips from Logbook Loans.