Vail Cascade Offers You Ways to Stay Cool During the Raging Heat

At Vail Cascade Resort, a Vail mountain resort, we've been welcoming our guests and groups with cool temps and a warm environment. However, we know most of America is experiencing record high temps this summer. If you're looking for ways to stay cool or get cool this summer, below are a few tips from Wikihow. Read the full article.

COOLING YOUR HOUSE

  • Close your blinds during the day to block the sun’s heat.
  • Open selective windows at night so that cooler night air is blowing throughout the house during the evening.  Be sure to close them as soon as the sunlight hits your house.
  • Cool your house with fans.  Set up your portable fan so that the fan sucks up the cooler air from the floor below and blows hot air upwards toward the ceiling.
  • Make a DIY air conditioner. Put a metal bowl of ice in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. Or, use one or more 2 liter bottles and fill them mostly full of water, freeze them, then place them in a large bowl (to catch dripping water). Position a fan to blow on them. As the ice in the bottles melts, the air cools around them. The fan will blow that air at you. The water in the bottles can be frozen overnight and used again repeatedly.
  • Turn off all heat sources. Don't use the stove or oven to eat. Eat cold food, or use the microwave. Incandescent light bulbs also create heat - switch to compact fluorescents. Turn off your lamps and your computer when you're not using them. You should also turn off your TV since it gives off a lot of heat, as well as some plug-in power adapters.
  • Avoid steam. During the day, don't take a hot shower, wash dishes and clothes or cook until after dark. Make sure your pot lids are tight-fitting. Make sure the door gasket seals on your oven, washer and dishwasher are in good shape and have no breaks or rips.
  • Adjust your pilot light. If you have a gas stove with pilot lights, make sure they are set correctly. If they are set too high, they will produce excess heat.
  • Put smooth white fabrics over anything in your house that's fuzzy. For example, you could cover corduroy pillows with white satin pillowcases for summer, put linen slipcovers over wool sofas, or just throw white sheets over furniture. Light-colored fabric will reflect heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth texture will give you an impression of coolness.

COOLING YOURSELF

  • Put a small pillow in the freezer an hour or two before you go to bed – put a few plastic shopping bags over it to keep ice from forming on the fabric.
  • Hang up your bedding in the coolest part of the house during g the day.  As soon as you get up, take your bedding to the coolest room in the house. 
  • Use silk or satin pillowcases and sateen sheets. 
  • Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated.  Try drinking eight ounces of water at least every hour.  Adding mint leaves, orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing. 
  • Keep the back of your neck in shade (wear a cap backwards or raise your collar) or put a wet handkerchief on the back of the neck.  
  • Place or tie an icepack behind your head.
  • Wet all your hair or just along the hairline in a pinch.  The evaporation of the water will cool your head.
  • Wear a bandanna with water soaked on it and put on your head.
  • Try using a water misting fan.
  • Soak a t-shirt in the sink, wring it out and put it on. 
  • Wear a short sleeved shirt and pt water on the sleeves only. 
  • Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand.
  • Soak your feet in a bucket of cold water.
  • Fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. 

DRESS APPROPRIATELY

  • Wear summer clothing – loosely woven natural fabrics
  • Wear light colors
  • Cover yourself up.  

ALTER YOUR DIET 

  • Stock your freezer with flavored ice treats.  Freeze a bag of chopped fruit
  • Eat spicy food – it increases perspiration which cools the body.

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