How to Keep Your Cool in a Never-Ending Heatwave
Just in case you haven’t opened your curtains over the last few weeks, the summer of 2018 has been quite a scorcher. So much so, in fact, that the roads are melting and the grass has seemingly been turned into hay. If you’re not much of a sun-worshipper (and, at this point, who is?), you may be looking for a way to cool off when the heat just won’t leave it alone. If so, you’re in luck! Here are our best suggestions to keep your cool.
Tip #1: Keep your windows shut… sometimes
It stands to reason that if you want to cool a room down, you should open a window… right? Well, as it turns out, not always! In simple terms, warm air will always move to fill a cooler space. This means that, if the inside of your home is already cooler than outside, all you’re doing by opening a window is making things warmer. The best approach for very hot periods is to keep a window open at night to cool a room down, then shut it first thing in the morning before the air heats up. The air will still warm up over the day, but it’ll stay cooler for longer and might just take the edge off those 30c+ scorchers.
Tip #2: Take a cool bath or shower
Hey, we’re The Whirlpool Bath Shop… you didn’t think we’d let this pass without mentioning baths or showers, right? Well, in this case, it’s perfectly applicable, because taking a cool bath or shower during a heatwave is an excellent way to bring your core temperature down. This is especially true in the dry heat we’ve been having this year, so there’s less chance of that bathroom humidity coming back to haunt you once you step out. Need some ideas for a bathtub or shower unit?
Tip #3: Drink a nice hot cup of tea
Here’s another one which may sound a little bit bonkers, but do bear with us. Similarly to the window tip we offered above, there’s a but if science involved. Essentially, by drinking a hot drink on a hot day, you’re causing your body to sweat more. This increased sweat will be evaporated more quickly, taking the heat away from your body faster. Of course, this works best when the heat is dry. If it’s one of those sticky and humid days, you may want to stick to an iced tea!
Tip #4: Eliminate any sources of excess heat
It’s bad enough when that continental air is reaching 30c+ without us making it worse ourselves. It’s for this reason that it’s a smart idea to try to remove any non-essential sources of heat. Electronics like televisions, computers, and games consoles all put out a certain amount of heat — and you better believe it’ll be absorbed right into the air and make you even more uncomfortable.
We hope some of our tips help take the edge off this summer as we slowly crawl towards the cooler air of autumn. In the meantime, don’t forget that our team is always here to answer any bathroom questions you might have.