The Cooler Side of Summer

Living in the Lowcountry, we have a lot to be thankful for this time of year. Long days, gorgeous weather and the beach — what more could you want? But after a while, the famous heat that the South is known for can start to take its toll. And, unfortunately, once that temperature starts to rise, so does your energy bill.

In today’s post, we’ll show you some creative ways to help you beat the heat the old-fashioned way, without using air conditioning.

Harness the power of the fan

Never underestimate the importance of a fan when it comes to cooling off your place. A fan can make a huge difference, especially if you know the best way to use it. Our suggestion? Get creative with your airflow by pointing your box fan outside to push the hot air out. And don’t forget the tried and true method of adjusting your ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise, which will help move the breeze around.

If you want to go really old school, position a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of your fan. The breeze will pick up the cold water from the ice’s surface and create a cooling mist effect.

Make good sleeping choices

When it gets really hot, it can actually be more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Switch out your winter sheets for ones that are made of 100% natural fibers like silk or cotton. Sheets made of natural fibers allow air to circulate and keep moisture from forming.

Right before you go to bed, take a cool shower to help bring down your core body temperature and rinse off any residual sweat. This will help you feel cool, clean and refreshed when you go down for the night.

And remember that when the temps are higher, you are more likely to get dehydrated. Drink a glass of water or coconut water right before bed to help fight dehydration throughout the night.

Another thing to consider is how you sleep. If you tend to snuggle with your partner at night, you may want to consider putting some distance between you during the summer months. Avoid generating more heat with skin-to-skin contact by ditching the snuggle sessions when it gets too hot.

These are just a few of the ways you can beat the heat sans air conditioning. If the heat gets to be too much, make a trip to your neighborhood pool, take a dip in the lake or cool off in the ocean! Summer in the Lowcountry is a magical time — don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying it.