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    Keeping Cool This Summer

    With August on its way and temperatures still rising, it’s time to look at some ways to stay cool this summer.

    For many, their first choice for staying cool is Air Condition. However, as we previously discussed in our Blog, AC is not mandatory in most states, and this means that many tenants will have to go without.

    So how does one stay cool without AC?

    Fans, Fans and fans.

    Now fans do not actually cool the air like AC. However, the moving air that is created by the fan allows for sweat to easily evaporate off skin and into the air. The evaporation of sweat from your skin eliminates body heat and therefore you feel cooler. So, the more of a breeze that is created by a fan, or even multiple fans, the cooler you will feel.

    Another important step would be to decrease the amount of excess heat that occurs in the property. One of the simplest ways to reduce the heat, is to close any and all blinds during the day. Yes, the natural light is great, but with this light comes much unwanted heat. Using black-out curtains or window insulation helps keeps those summer rays and all their heat outside, and in turn your home stays cooler in the dark.

    Barbecuing and refreshing summer salads can also help keep you cool. Barbecuing is great because it allows you to do most of the cooking outside which can elevate the excess heat produced by the stove or oven. Once your steak is done, you can go back into your dark cave, sit in front of the fan and get back to your Netflix, without worrying about sticking to your leather couch.

    In the summer time, most people naturally want to eat more refreshing and lighter food, and summer salads are a staple. And thanks to Pinterest and the likes, there are some many fun and tasty salad recipes available. Long gone are the days of boring garden salad every day. Summer salads are not only refreshing in the summer heat and require little to no cooking, but they can actually be hydrating too.

    There are specific fruits and veggies that go the extra step of also keeping you hydrated. Cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, radishes, bell peppers, strawberries, grapefruit and watermelon are just a few common salad ingredients that are mostly water and therefore offer that extra hydration. Garden, Greek, potato, coleslaw and fruit salad are just the beginning and the summer salad options are endless.

    What go best with Barbecue and summer salad? An ice cold, refreshing drink followed by ice cream, of course! There is something about the clinking of ice in a glass, that just cools me right down and I’m sure others are the same way. Cocktails or mocktails will both cool you right down, so alcohol is not required to cool down while sipping from a fancy umbrellaed drink.

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is a classic summer must-have and almost everyone’s favorite way to cool down after a hot afternoon in the sun. However, cool treats are not limited to ice cream. Sorbets and Popsicle are all the rage with many simple and easy recipes available.

    For more tricks and treats on staying cool this summer or summer salad, cold beverage and cool treat inspiration, check out our Pinterest board: Beating the Summer Heat.

     

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