One thing is for sure, 2020 has been full of surprises. While few things are certain these days, one thing that you can rely on is Central Arizona’s summer heat. With temperatures starting to climb regularly above 100°F, it is important to have a plan for how to keep cool. The public closures that social distancing entails for public health mean that this summer knowing how to stay cool while staying close to home is especially important.
Move with the Sun
In exceptionally hot weather, avoiding direct sun exposure is an important part of staying healthy. Staying indoors when it is hot and sunny protects you from the worst of the sun’s heat. Be sure that your home is ready for the heat. You’ll need to drink plenty of water throughout the day. A cool drink or shower can help lower your body’s temperature when heat spikes.
Before the sun rises or after the sun sets are the best times to be outside in the hot desert summer. Try to shift your exercise routines to times when the sun is not overhead. Similarly, outdoor work like gardening and landscaping is best done once the sun is gone.
Eat Smart /Heat Smart
One way we can exacerbate the heat in our homes is by running a stove or oven to cook food or boil water. Adding heat to the weather Arizona is already providing can make your home decidedly uncomfortable. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to eat delicious meals without turning your home into an oven. When the sun is out, opt for cooling salads and fruit. Cold soups like gazpacho offer a delicious and nutritious burst of flavor.
Keep your cooking heat outdoors. Summer is the right time to power down the kitchen and fire up the grill. Wait until late afternoon or sunset to get started and keep an eye on your food- cooking times are different for grilling than for baking or frying. If you can, plan ahead to grill meat and vegetables you can use cold in other meals so you only have to heat up the grill a few times a week rather than every night.
Staying hydrated is a key part of summer heat health. To regulate our body temperature in heat, sweating is a natural response. Sweat helps cool the body down as it evaporates on the skin, but it requires precious resources from our body – water and electrolytes. In extreme heat your body will probably need at least a gallon of water a day to stay hydrated and replace water lost to sweat, especially if you are performing physical work or exercise. Keep a full water bottle with you to remind you to drink throughout the day.
Through sweating, the human body sheds moisture and electrolytes (the “saltiness” of sweat). In order to replace electrolytes, you can make a simple hydrating beverage by adding lemon, honey and salt to water. For 16 fluid ounces (2 cups) of water, you’ll want to add 2 teaspoons of honey and a quarter teaspoon of salt along with the juice from half a lemon (around 2-3 tablespoons). Stir the electrolyte mix until the honey and salt have dissolved and enjoy (or simply stock up on Gatorade).
What’s one of the best ways to keep cool in Arizona’s summertime heat? We’re proud to say that heat blocking sunscreens from CC Sunscreens can make all the difference! Custom sunscreens drastically reduce your home’s energy bill by keeping out heat and harmful UV rays.
Our sunscreens fortify your house’s number one vulnerability to heat – windows- without blocking your view or detracting from your home’s beauty. Sunscreens are a simple, sustainable solution to summer heat, working passively to keep the sun out and reduce your indoor temperature.
With so much time being spent at home these days, it’s important that your home is ready for summer. CC Sunscreens reduce your home’s heat uptake up to 48%, not to mention they block out 90% of incoming UV radiation. While fans and AC units are part of keeping an Arizona home cool, you’ll find yourself using them less when sunscreens help prevent your home’s temperature from climbing. Why not get ready for summer today? A quick call to CC Sunscreens can get you started on a cooler, more comfortable summer home.