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Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

by Yolanda White

Summer is coming up again. If you aren't the type of person who loves to bathe in the sun, or if you're just looking for ways to cool off in a hurry, consider planning to include these options.

Pick Up a Water Sport

You don't have to live near the ocean to pick up a water sport. Check with a local YMCA to see if you can learn aquatic exercises if there's no body of water near you. If there are lakes, you could try swimming, rowing, or boating. And you'll be able to take a dip afterwards and stay cool.

Learn to Make Flavored Water

Staying hydrated is key during the summer months, and regularly sipping on ice water will help keep your body temperature in check. If you aren't crazy about drinking water, you could explore recipes for spicing up water with ginger, blueberries, lemon, mint, or a number of other plants that add flavor without adding a lot of calories to your beverage.

Learn to Make Tasty and Cooling Treats

At the same time, you could get creative with learning to make frozen popsicles. They don't have to be too unhealthy, either. You could use fruit and water as a base or fill up the bulk of the popsicle with coconut water.

Get a Water Slide

It is a big deal to be able to have fun and cool down in your own home whenever you want. You could try something like getting a waterslide or small pool for your backyard. When space is at a premium, these collapsible water features are an affordable and economical option.

Get a Heating and Cooling Inspection

Finally, your air conditioning and HVAC system will probably take a big part of the responsibility for keeping you cool during these summer months. Right before summer is a great time to do an audit of your heating and cooling system. As far as heating goes, you'll catch maintenance issues that occurred throughout the winter. For your air conditioning system, you'll receive a tune up to provide better efficiency in the upcoming months. Some service providers also do HVAC installation and repairs as well; that's a great way to make sure your cooled air is distributed efficiently. You will also have the option of adding heat pumps or other systems that help move heat in and out of your home, depending on the outdoor temperatures and the settings on your thermostat. It's a great way to economize energy.