In South Africa, summer has arrived in full force in this year’s iteration of the season. You only need to ask anyone around you right now to realize how brutal the hot weather has been. In addition, just a brief exposure to the searing heat of the African sun can transform your body into a steam room. Because of this, there has never been a better time to invest in a high-quality air conditioner. Controlling your body temp not only has the pleasant side effect of making you feel cooler, but it also has a beneficial impact on your general health.
“Air conditioners are an item of utmost importance during the warmer seasons and with our recent heatwaves here in S.A it’s crucial to run them at optimal conditions,” explains GreedDirect in a blog that was published about optimizing the use of air conditioners.
There are a surprising number of additional sources of warmth within your home. All of your home’s appliances, individually and collectively, are responsible for a cumulative increase in temperature. Here are some easy strategies to help you maintain your composure and stay in charge:
Put the Laptop Into Hibernation Mode
When you feel the need to take a nap, your laptop should do the same. If you are going to be away from the device for more than ten minutes, put it into “sleep” mode so that it emits less heat during that time. After you have finished using the machine for the day, make sure that it is turned off completely. It might not seem like much, but when you take into account the fact that many households have more than one laptop or computer you can see how the loss of that little bit of additional heat can have an impact.
Take a Break From Using Your Oven This Summer
Instead of relying on the waves of warmth generated by the oven, try using the gas stove and the microwave. Grilling, on the other hand, will retain the heat outside where it belongs.
Relax and Read a Good Book
Read an interesting book. Exactly. Reading about winter can take your attention off the temperature sensor and impact your body temp, according to Walter A. Brown, who is a medical teacher of psychiatry at Brown and Tufts Universities.
Put Your Issues Away in a Bottle
When things start to heat up, make sure you have a sprayer in the fridge so you can cool off with a refreshing mist. To your advantage, you can use thermal regulation in a way that is uncomplicated but highly effective. It is helpful to start by spraying your wrists. This has a rapid chilling effect on the blood that is traveling through your blood vessels to your heart.
Stay Out of the Sun
It seems like such common sense, but obviously, not everybody is following this advice: try to avoid being in the sun as much as possible between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. You’ll not only feel cooler, but you won’t have to worry about the extremely uncomfortable side effects of getting sunburned either. Find someplace in the shade, or just stay inside.
Get Up and Out of Bed Early
Plan your excursions to the grocery store, the post office, and the banks for the morning hours, before the heat of the day starts to kick in. Evening hours are common for many retail establishments. You won’t have to deal with sweltering parking lots or other clients who are overheated and exhausted.
Try Going for a Swim or Taking a Quick Shower
Keep in mind that ultraviolet rays can travel up to one meter into water, so make sure to take precautions. If you lie down on an air mattress while out on the water, you run the risk of getting a serious sunburn. After you emerge from the shower or the pool, your body’s core temperature will continue to be lowered by the cooling effect of the cold water for quite some time.
The Average Car is a Death Trap
Never, ever leave an infant or an animal in the car while it’s sitting in the hot midday sun. On a warm day, even if the windows are open, the temperature inside will quickly rise to close to the high 40s within a matter of minutes. This has the potential to be extremely lethal. This may also seem like a no-brainer, but during the summer months, there are incidents in which children are found to have been left inside hot cars in parking areas.
Lock It Down
The temperature inside your home will not necessarily decrease if you leave the windows open. If a room in the house doesn’t receive direct sunlight, then there is a good chance that the temperature inside will be lower than the temperature outside. The only time this shifts is when the sun goes down. If you throw open the doors and windows on opposite sides of the house, you might be able to create a cross breeze.
The Importance of a Good Air Conditioning Unit Cannot Be Overstated
You must take into consideration the standard of your air conditioning unit as well. Your air conditioner needs regular maintenance and clean filters to function properly and maintain a healthy and comfortable environment. The regularity of the airflow is yet another aspect to take into account. The use of an air conditioning unit that continuously bombards you with chilly air can have unintended and potentially harmful consequences. The Gree Magic Inverter air-conditioning unit developed by GreeDirect is a great example of effective control of airflow. After you have chosen the correct temperature with the Fast Cooling mode, it will continue to keep the optimal temperature with no forceful wind by softly diffusing cool and still air through tiny air holes to create a natural cooling effect. That is an excellent strategy for relieving the oppressive heat.
Water, Water, and More Water
Because your body is trying to cool you down, it causes you to sweat, which leads to a significant loss of water. If the temperature is expected to reach or exceed 30 degrees Celsius throughout the day, it is recommended that you consume up to 8 glasses of water. This is the case even if the temperature is not particularly high. Keep a bottle of water in your bag, in your vehicle, or on your workstation at all times.
Use a Sun Shield in Your Car
This not only prevents damage to your vehicle, but it also shields you from the steering wheel’s potential heat if the vehicle has been left in direct sunlight for an extended period.
Cotton, in contrast to synthetic fibers such as nylon, which prevent your skin from breathing and cause you to sweat and feel uneasy, enables your skin to breathe freely.
Open It Up
Invest in an insect net and bars for the window or door of your bedroom, so you’ll be able to sleep with the door or window open without being bothered by mosquitoes. Just making sure your security measures are in place.
Participate in the Fan Club
Having a fan helps tremendously in terms of making things cooler. Putting a big plastic container filled with ice water right in front of the fan is another way to significantly reduce the temperature in the room.
Going to the Extremes
Getting your hands, feet, or face in cold water can make all the difference if you are experiencing the heat but just can’t seem to find a way to cool down. These things may also be done at work in the rooms and hallways of the office or, if you are working outside, in a water bucket if you don’t have access to a cloakroom.
Avoid Spicy Foods
Avoid eating curries and other spicy foods because they raise your body’s internal temperature. Eating salads and cold meats during the heat of the midday sun is much more beneficial than eating oven-baked potatoes and grilled meat. In addition, it is a more nutritious meal.
Is It Time to Change Into a Wet T-shirt?
In a dire situation, you should either wrap your legs in damp towels or put on an article of clothing that is already damp.