Grandma was cool
Grandma never had any type of air conditioning until she sold her home and moved into a seniors’ high rise when she was about 90. Even then the temperature had to be higher than her age before she’d turn the air conditioner on.
Growing up, we never had air conditioning either, so thankfully Grandma taught us a lot of tricks for keeping the house cool. With a record breaking 98-degrees recorded by 2:00 this afternoon and a broken air conditioner, I’m putting all of Grandma’s common sense cooling tricks to good use this weekend.
In no specific order:
- Only open windows if the outside temperature is close to or lower than it is inside the house.
- Only open windows at night and early morning and use fans to pump in the cooler air.
- Close the curtains and drapes during the day to keep the sun out.
- Position fans to keep the air moving through the house.
- Drink plenty of cool water (she never used ice, but I do).
- Don’t use the stove, oven or anything that generates heat.
- Avoid heavy meals.
- Slow down.
- If it starts feeling hot in the house, step outside in the real heat for a moment and the house will feel much cooler when you go back inside.
- Take a cool bath or shower.
- And Grandma’s favorite: Always have ice cream in the freezer.
My own tip? On a really hot day, there’s not much more refreshing than some watermelon slush. It’s delicious and healthy, too!
What are some of your best tips for beating the heat?