POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- While staying cool during the summer can be difficult, there are many ways to beat the heat that don't demand turning on the air conditioning. From choosing the right sheet material to turning off lights, staying comfortable doesn't need to be unaffordable.
To stay cool without breaking the bank, the experts at Marshall Oil Company share their tips on how to remain comfortable, even on hot summer nights.
Choose cotton sheets for a cooler night's sleep. Lightweight and breathable, cotton is excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom.
Get creative with appliances around the house. For example, point box fans out the windows so they push hot air out and adjust ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up.
Turn off and unplug technology all around the house. Gadgets and other small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce total heat in the house, while saving energy, by keeping plugs out of sockets when appliances are not in use.
Turn off the lights. It's no secret that light bulbs give off heat. Thankfully, the summer allows for more natural light during the day, so take advantage as much as possible and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally.Stay hydrated and keep your body cool with a cold shower. Don't allow dehydration to kick-in and make sure you have plenty of fluids by your bedside. If drinking cold water doesn't do the trick, try taking a cold shower to lower your body temperature, leaving the body feeling cold and clean.
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