10 Natural Ways to Beat the Heat

Avoid a major meltdown with practical tips for keeping cool all summer long.

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Summer is here. And so is the heat. But don’t let that keep you inside – there are plenty of great life-hacks for staying cool during the warmer months. Not a big fan of the great outdoors? We’ve got you covered with plenty of simple ways to maintain your chill without resorting to running your energy-draining air conditioner non-stop.

Dress Cool. Feel Cool.

Summer is not the time for flannel. Go with bright, light colors and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.

Take a Dip.

Time to work on your backstroke. Go for a swim in a local pool. Plan a pool party. Sweltering after mowing the yard? Hop in a kiddie pool for instant relief.


Staying properly hydrated during summer months is important, so boost your water intake. Find a nice, insulated water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go.

Become a Planner

Going for a jog? Set your alarm a little earlier than usual to skip the more scorching hours of the day. Planning a cookout? Turn that oppressively hot luncheon into pleasant sunset dinner. Capitalize on the cooler hours.

Eat Light

The more you eat, the more calories your body has to burn. The more calories you burn, the more heat your body creates.

Live in the Shade

Even the most unbearable heat can be made manageable with a bit of shade. If you’re planning on going out, wear sunscreen, carry a wide brimmed hat or even carry an umbrella to escape the sun’s rays.

Shower Power

Nothing can bring your core temperature down faster than a nice, quick shower. These don’t need to be water-wasting, epic-length marathons; just a quick refreshing rinse.

Cross Breeze

A low-tech classic! Position a fan across from an open window to combine and create a refreshing cross breeze. 

Lights Out

Light bulbs—even the environmentally friendly CFL bulbs—produce heat. Shocking, right? Use natural light to your advantage and keep the lights out to save energy and reduce heat.

Cool Compress

Overheating? Need an immediate cool down? Apply an ice-pack or cool compress to your neck, wrists, elbows, ankles or behind the knees. Icing these pulse points should grant immediate relief.

The temperatures may be sizzling but with these easy tips you can keep cool all summer long. Another way to help ensure that you're keeping cool during the summer months is by investing into an air conditioner home warranty. 


AHS assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.

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