Many cities have hit record-high temperatures this summer — are you prepared? With help from NPR Life Kit, we’ve sorted out the tips you need to stay safe and cool during the warmest months of the year.
What Goes In
One of the most important ways to combat the heat is from the inside out. Though we each have our favorite summer beverages, your best bets are:
- Sports drinks
- Clear juices (including the seasonal favorite, lemonade)
What Goes On
Though trends change, the ideal summer outfit is something breathable, like:
- Light-colored clothes: Lighter colors absorb less heat
- Loose-fitting clothes: Sweat evaporates from your body more easily when it has better access to the air around you
In Your Home
On a lazy summer day or when local attractions are crowded with patrons, your home can be the ideal place for cool, peace, and quiet. Here are a few practical steps you can take to keep the heat at bay while at home — many of which can even lower your electric bill!
- Check the news: Local media outlets should put out heat advisories. Sometimes these are shared after temps have already begun to rise, so be sure to check the weather early to plan ahead.
- Take a dip in the tub/pool: Getting into a body of water allows you to transfer your body heat.
- Spend more time in the coolest rooms, like the basement: Save yourself the time and energy you would’ve spent to cool the whole house.
- Limit use of heat-generating appliances: Reduce the time you spend cooking, and try air-drying your hair and clothes instead.
- Watch your windows: Keep the windows open in the mornings and evenings to circulate new, cooler air, and keep your curtains closed during the day.
- Switch to A/C: Most electric fans are helpful until temps climb into the 90s. At that point, it’s time for more efficient cooling solutions to shine, like air conditioning.
When to Get Help
Heat can affect us more than we realize—use the CDC's guidelines to enjoy your summer safely, and make sure you and your loved ones have a backup plan in case your A/C goes out, such as covering all your major appliances with America’s Preferred Home Warranty. Call 866.521.1388 or visit APHW.COM for more information today!