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11 Novel ways to cool off at home

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Summer isn't quite upon us yet but the heat is starting to make its mark and cooling off around the home can be a challenge, especially during a hot spell. 

Eat curry. Spicy food causes you to sweat without raising your body temperature, and when the sweat evaporates, you'll cool off. So chill out with a nice hot dish to help you survive the heat.

This is according to Jannie Dreyer, owner of Air Conditioning Johannesburg, who says with that in mind, now’s a good time to make sure that your air conditioning is in good working order.

If you need to replace it, get expert advice to ensure that you get the best out of your new system.

If you’re looking for inexpensive cooling alternatives, Jannie says these 11 unusual tips will help you stay cool when temperatures rise. 

1. Eat a curry

When you're feeling hot, it's natural to reach for the ice cream. However, a nice hot curry could be just what you need.

Spicy food causes you to sweat without raising your body temperature, and when the sweat evaporates, you'll cool off. So chill out with a nice hot dish to help you survive the heat. 

2. Get a bed fan

If you're using a fan to cool off, give it a boost by using frozen water. Start by popping a couple of bottles of water in the freezer. Once they're frozen, stand them in front of the fan. As the water defrosts, it will chill the air, and the fan will then blow even cooler air in your direction.

Sleeping can be less than refreshing if the temperature's too high. A bed fan is a floorstanding unit that can be positioned at the end of the bed. It lifts the sheets a little and circulates cool air. No more restless nights and no more kicking the sheets to get cool. 

3. Make an ice water bottle

Still not cool enough to sleep? Prepare during the day by filling a standard hot water bottle with cold water and freezing it. Use it just as you would a hot water bottle.

4. Make your fan cooler

If you're using a fan to cool off, give it a boost by using frozen water. Start by popping a couple of bottles of water in the freezer. Once they're frozen, stand them in front of the fan. As the water defrosts, it will chill the air, and the fan will then blow even cooler air in your direction.  

5. Hang a wet sheet over the window

A wet sheet hanging over an open window on a hot day can work wonders to bring down the temperature. As the hot air from outside passes through the wet material it will cause the water to evaporate, thus cooling off the air. This works best in dry heat, as high humidity will make it less effective. 

6. Chill your beauty products

Make keeping cool part of your daily beauty routine by keeping your face wash or toner in the fridge.

Make keeping cool part of your daily beauty routine by keeping your face wash or toner in the fridge. Take them out just before you want to use them. Use the products as normal for a quick rush of cold that will bring your temperature down. 

7. Freeze some rice

Don't use all your rice with that curry from step 1. Leave enough to fill a cup full and then toss it into a clean cotton sock, tie the end of the sock up, and keep it in the freezer for a few hours. Use it just as you would use a heating pad. It's cheap and effective, and you don't have to worry about leaks or melting. 

8. Head for the ground floor

Heat rises, so if you want to stay cool, head downstairs. The ground floor or basement are the best places to be in the summer. Add some frozen water in front of a fan and a damp sheet over the window and you'll create a cool sanctuary. 

Fun for kids and adults alike, setting up a hammock to sleep in is an unusual but effective way to stay cool while you sleep.

9. Hang up a hammock

Fun for kids and adults alike, setting up a hammock to sleep in is an unusual but effective way to stay cool while you sleep. Because it's suspended, it has increased air flow on all sides compared to a bed, meaning you'll sleep cooler and more peacefully. 

10. Cool your pulse points

If you need to cool down quickly, start with your pulse points. Try a cold compress on your neck or behind your knees, run water from the cold tap over your wrists, or dunk your feet and ankles in a basin of cold water. By doing this, you'll be feeling cooler in no time. 

11. Freeze your sheets

There are so many ways to use your freezer when you need to stay cool. Still struggling to sleep? Fold up your pillowcases and sheets, pop them in freezer bags, and freeze them for a couple of hours. They won't stay cool all night but they will give you much needed relief from the heat. 

Staying cool around the home is easier than you think, all you need are a few cheap and easy cooling methods. Break out the ice and cold sheets, and keep things cool when it's hot outside.(courtesy of Property24)

 

MIKE BENNETT

Author: Property 24

Submitted 12 Oct 15 / Views 4004