Having the power go out can be frustrating, especially when it happens on a hot day. Without air conditioning, keeping cool can be more of a challenge, but it's not impossible. Here are five ways to keep cool when the power is out.
Relax in a bath.
If you don't have anything pressing to do, fill the bathtub up with cool water, grab a good book, and enjoy a relaxing reading session in the cool water. You can even answer emails or catch up with the news on your phone as you soak. Wear a bathing suit for privacy if needed!
Spray yourself with a cool mist.
If you need to get some chores done around the house and can't afford to sit around all day, fill up a spray bottle with cool water. When you start feeling a little warm, spritz your face and chest with a little of the cold water. As the water evaporates from your skin, it will cool you off.
Create a cross-breeze.
Opening one or two windows is better than nothing, but if you really want to stay cool, you should open windows on opposite sides of a room. This way, you'll create a cross-breeze. Air will flow in one window and be pulled through the room and out the other one. Your home will feel a lot cooler, even without a fan or air conditioner running.
Go for a drive and get ice cream.
If your car has air conditioning, pile in and take a drive to your nearest ice cream stand. You may have to drive for a little while if the power outage has affected the closest ice cream shops. By the time you arrive back home, you'll be nice and cool from the AC and the chilly treats.
Hang out in the basement.
Since hot air rises, the basement is typically the coolest floor in a home. The surrounding soil, which tends to maintain a pretty even temperature year-round, also keeps the basement temperature down. Find a flashlight, head down into the basement, and occupy yourself with a few board games, books, or other non-electronic forms of entertainment.
With the tips above, you can keep cool when the power is out. When it kicks back on, you'll enjoy your air conditioning more than ever! Then, you can employ these tips for keeping cool without breaking the bank.