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 youíre partial to the heat and donít mind to sweat a little, it can be stifling. If your city is being affected by the heat youíre 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 nightís sleep. One of the best options for keeping cool at night is good old cotton sheets. They even absorb sweat so if you canít avoid the heat, you donít have to worry about lying in a puddle the entire night.

3. Crack A Window
Temperatures tend to drop drastically at night so if youíre still having trouble getting comfortable in bed consider opening a window to allow the cooler breezes to circulate through your apartment. Youíll 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 itís probably on the counterclockwise setting. Thatís 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. Youíll feel better immediately!

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When a heat wave hits, sometimes itís 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!

The Mile-High City: Your Future Hometown?

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Denver, Colorado sits exactly one mile above sea level. Donít let a fear of heights scare you away from Denver, though. All it means is that our air is a little thinner and a little dryer. Plus, due to less water vapor in the air, the Denver sky truly is bluer than anywhere else. Denver is one of the most beautiful places in the country. So beautiful in fact, that Katherine Lee Bates was inspired to write the phrase ďAmerica the BeautifulĒ while gazing upon a Rocky Mountain Peak (Pikeís Peak).

Why would you want to move to Denver, Colorado? The real question is why wouldnít you?

A Sports Fanaticís Dream Come True
Denver has every major sports team plus a few extras. The Mile-High City is home to the Broncos, the Avalanche, the Nuggets, and the Rockies. All of these make for some really intense sports fans. We donít just put our love into one team, they spread it to all of their teams! But if youíre not the average sports fan, Denver is also home to two, yes two, lacrosse teams. Denver sports pride runs strong through this city.

A Music Loverís Paradise
Denver is home to one of the coolest and most exciting concert venues anywhere: Red Rocks. Since 1941, Red Rocks Amphitheatre has played host to so many amazing acts and festivals. The amphitheatre formed naturally and cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world making it a truly unique venue. So many awesome acts come through that youíll want to see a different show every single weekend. Acts ranging from twenty one pilots to Duran Duran to Tim McGraw have played Red Rocks. A show at Red Rocks is not an experience you can get anywhere else.

If youíre going to have a drink anywhere, it should be Denver. Alcohol is said to be absorbed into the body at a faster rate meaning you get drunker faster. Beer connoisseurs from all over flock to Denver to take in the brews from the numerous craft beer breweries headquartered in the city. Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver Beer Co. and Renegade Brewing Co. call Denver their home and if you choose to also do so, you can enjoy these tasty brews anytime you please.

Denver is a city unlike any other. The Mile-High City offers something for every kind of person. Itís a unique city that takes your breath away (almost literally) and itís a great place to call home. Itís a jungle out there but we can help you navigate it. Check Rent Jungle to find the latest listings in Denver, CO and every other city in the country.
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