Having an air conditioner to cool your home in West Palm Beach, Florida, during the summer is a good idea. However, if you don’t have an AC unit, you can find other ways to stay cool. Even if you have an existing air conditioning system installed in your home, you can use tactics such as keeping the heat out, adding indoor plants, changing your fan settings, and keeping your body cool to supplement your AC unit.
Don’t Let the Heat Enter Your Home
In the morning when your home starts to heat up, close all the doors and windows to keep the hot air out. Make use of curtains and blinds to lower the indoor temperature. However, when the outside temperature drops at night, open the doors and blinds to let the cooler air flow inside.
Add Indoor Plants
Certain indoor plants such as aloe vera, ferns, ficus, and snake plants not only bring down room temperatures, but they also purify the indoor air. These plants are inexpensive to buy and have few care requirements.
Set Your Fans for Optimal Cooling
Adjust your ceiling fan settings to rotate counterclockwise in the summer. This adjustment will make you feel cooler by creating a wind-chill breeze effect. Run your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to force out the hot air. You can also place some box fans in the windows to send warm indoor air outside your home.
Keep Your Body Cool
During the summer, you may find it hard to resist the urge to crank up your air conditioner. Bringing down your body temperature can help you fight this urge. Drink plenty of water and eat fresh, watery fruits such as watermelon to keep yourself cool and hydrated. Taking a cold shower is another great way to keep your body cool.
Clothing also plays an important role in regulating your body temperature. Avoid wearing heavy clothes. Light-colored cotton clothes are ideal for summer.
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