Nothing will rip the hide right off of you like the heat of the Texas Panhandle! The temperatures are starting to climb with Amarillo and the surrounding areas already seeing 100 degree days.
Now seems to be the right time to give some tips for you and your family to keep cool this summer!
Drink More Water
You already know how important it is to stay hydrated all year round. If you are sweating a bunch, either because of exercise or the summer heat, drinking enough water becomes even more important.
Water isn’t your only option, but it’s free and easily accessible for most of us. Even if you have to trick yourself into drink more water and learn to love the taste, you’ll be much more comfortable if you keep your inner core cool and hydrated.
Keep Excessive Sweat Minimal
For a lot of us, sweating is the worst part of summer. Even if you don’t have sweat issues, you can get the sweating under control with a few tricks, like applying antiperspirant at night and wearing breathable clothing materials, such as cotton.
Optimize Your Windows
You might not need to run your air conditioner if you work with your windows in the summer. Close windows and use insulated black out drapes to keep the sun out during the day and open them at night when the sun is down. A damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your home is a good idea. You can also open opposing windows or windows on the top and bottom floors for maximum air flow.
Stay Cool While You Sleep
Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some sleep, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you can’t get good sleep in the summer, cool your head with a special pillow like the Chillow or sleep on top of a wet sheet (also called the “Egyptian method”).
Know Your Body’s Best Cooling Points
Finally, if you’re stuck in the heat without a cool place, know your body’s best cooling points, e.g., your wrist and neck. You can apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to these points, you’ll cool down more quickly and effectively.