5 Ways to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave

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Most of the country has been experiencing a pretty intense summer heat wave over the last couple of weeks. Even if you're partial to the heat and don't mind to sweat a little, it can be stifling. If your city is being affected by the heat you're probably looking for some quick and easy ways to cool down without forking out hundreds of dollars blasting the AC. Let us help.

1. Close Your Blinds
It might seem simple but just by closing your blinds and curtains you could be cutting out a majority of the heat that seeps into your home. Getting thick curtains will help keep the light out but more importantly the heat.

2. Try Some New Sheets
If you have trouble sleeping at night in the stifling heat, you might want to invest in some breathable sheets. Sheets and pillowcases that allow for air movement will help you get a better night's sleep. One of the best options for keeping cool at night is good old cotton sheets. They even absorb sweat so if you can't avoid the heat, you don't have to worry about lying in a puddle the entire night.

3. Crack A Window
Temperatures tend to drop drastically at night so if you're still having trouble getting comfortable in bed consider opening a window to allow the cooler breezes to circulate through your apartment. You'll feel a lot better once you feel a little air movement.

4. Make Sure Your Fan Is On The Right Setting
Most ceiling fans have two settings: clockwise and counterclockwise. When you turn your ceiling fan on, if you immediately feel a breeze it's probably on the counterclockwise setting. That's the setting you want it to be on to get the cool air moving throughout the room.

5. Focus On Yourself First Instead of focusing on the temperature of your apartment, focus on your body temperature. Wet a washcloth with cold water and place it on the back of your neck to cool your body temperature off. You'll feel better immediately!

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When a heat wave hits, sometimes it's hard to be motivated to do anything. However, these tips should help keep you cool and allow you to get your to-do list checked off! Share your best summer cool down tips with us on Facebook!
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