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It’s summertime! In South Florida, that means get ready for beach trips, grilling and pool parties. It also means summer heat and humidity. Staying cool in summer is just as important as having fun, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. This list from Air Boca has our favorite and most enjoyable ways to stay cool during the summer.
Drink Plenty Of Water
During the summer, the first thing you should do is make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is essential for cooling down for two reasons. First, it helps the body stay cool when it is released as sweat. Second, water has a high heat capacity, so it can absorb a lot of the body’s heat. There is some evidence that drinking a hot drink can cool the body faster because it initially causes the body to sweat more, and the extra water intake more than compensates for the water lost from sweat. However, in humid environments, like here in South Florida, this may not work in practice since the moisture in the air prevents the sweat from evaporating quickly. Either way, make sure you’re hydrated and check for these signs of heat exhaustion.
Make Icy Summer Treats
Make some yummy treats to help you keep cool. Get some of your favorite juice, buy some popsicle molds like these, and make some homemade popsicles! If you don’t want to get that involved, just cut up some of your favorite fruit and stick it in the freezer. Grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries all taste great frozen. Summer smoothies are another great option and here are 55 recipes to get you inspired. Leave out the alcohol because that will warm you up, not cool you down. Also, stay away from ice cream – experts say you’ll heat up more from the calories required to digest higher-fat food.
Keep Your Air Conditioner Maintained
Air conditioning is not optional in South Florida. According to this article from the Atlantic, the AC unit was responsible for making modern America. It’s true! South Florida saw a rise in population only in the latter half of the 20th century when HVAC units were installed in every house and business. Air Boca recommends having your AC checked every six months to a year to maintain a well-functioning unit. Despite what some sites recommend DIY AC repairs, regular maintenance is the best way to prevent frozen coils, clogged filters, and low refrigerant should always be performed by professionals.
Go For A Swim
If you live in Boca or pretty much anywhere else in South Florida, you’re probably minutes from the beach! Swimming is an enjoyable activity in the summer because it keeps you cool, and it’s also a terrific exercise. Swimming engages all your muscles and it is a low impact exercise. Who doesn’t feel better after being in the sun, laying on the beach, or on a raft in the pool? If you can’t get to the beach, you might have a friend or neighbor who’ll let you use their pool. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Cool Your Pulse Points
This is an easy trick to cool down fast. Throw some water bottles or ice packs in the freezer or just grab some ice cubes and place them on your body at pulse points. At these points, your blood vessels are close to the skin. Placing cold items there will cool the blood then allow it to circulate through your body. Another great tip is to fill up a bucket of water with some ice and plunge your feet into it for a refreshing cool-down.
Stay Cool In South Florida With Air Boca
Life can be hectic enough even without the summer heat. Whether you need regular maintenance or emergency repair, Air Boca is here to cool you down. Our 30 years of experience will have your AC in top working condition in no time. Call us 24/7 at (561) 750-1625 or for a non-emergency, contact us online, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.