The dark and cold winter days made us long for the warmth of the summer sun. Now that we’re in those dog days of summer, reality has set in. It’s hot! At Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some summer heat hacks that will help you beat that heat and stay comfortable when those temperatures soar.
#1: Use Cooling Items to Stay Comfortable at Night
Sometimes, the toughest part of the summer heat is getting comfortable at night when you go to bed. This is even tougher if there is no air conditioning in your home; the heat can really damper a good night’s sleep. Miles Kimball has some great products that will help you stay comfortable at night and escape that heat of the day. Sheets made of 100% cotton often have a soothing, cool touch when you crawl into bed at night. A light sheet and blanket will also help; no need to have that comforter on-hand during those summer months. A cooling under sheet will also help you stay comfortable. Our cool-to-the-touch Simply Cool Under Sheet uses cooling technology that feels amazing when your room is hot. This product is also a great barrier between your cotton sheets and your mattress. Mattresses often contain materials that can cause discomfort in the summer (think hot memory foam). Another way you can stay cool is to take a cool shower before bedtime, dry off lightly and go to bed when slightly damp, while a quality oscillating fan circulates the air in your room. Cooling pillow wraps also add a measure of comfort to your nighttime routine.
#2: Opt for Cool, Comfortable Clothing
Staying cool during the summer days can also be challenging when the temperatures are high. When you’re choosing your clothing for the day, opt for cotton fabrics that are cooling and comfortable to beat that summer heat. Loose-fitting clothing is a must-have in your closet, as are comfortable undergarments. Miles Kimball has you covered in both areas. Check out our selection of cool, comfortable clothes, like our Poly Knit Lounger by Sawyer Creek and Cool Comfort Clogs . These items not only keep you comfortable during the heat of the day, they are available in colorful styles that look great when company drops by.
Comfortable, non-binding undergarments are also important — particularly bras. Miles Kimball has cooling bras that will help keep that heat away from your body with thoughtful mesh fabrics, while providing support that you need throughout your day. Opt for our Easy Comforts Style™ Mesh Cooling Comfort Bra or the easy-on Easy Comforts Style™ Cooling Zip Front Bra. To help alleviate moisture underneath the bust, our Cotton Bra Liners are available in convenient sets of three. We also have a great selection of cooling socks and leg items, such as our Cooling Therapy Knee High Socks. For tired legs after a long day, don’t miss our Cold Gel Calf Wraps, which can be refrigerated to provide cooling support to your legs.
#3: Keep the Heat Out During the Day
It is often tough to keep your home cool during the day. This is especially true if your home is not air conditioned. Keeping your windows open at night and closed during the day will help you stay comfortable and those temperatures down. This trick will keep cooler temps “trapped” inside your home. During the day, deflect the hot summer sun, which can cause the temperatures within your home to soar. A good pair of insulated window panel curtains is a must-have during the summer months (as well as the winter months, too!). Check out our Microfiber Energy Saving Curtains in a wide range of colors to help your home remain cool throughout the hot summer days. Leave your fans running to help keep that cool air moving during the day. At night when the sun goes down and the temperatures drop a bit, open your curtains and your windows to ease discomfort and stuffiness in your home. The old-fashioned trick of placing a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan is a great way to keep cooler air moving, too.
#4: Add Cooling Items to Seats
Individuals who lack mobility face special challenges during the summer. For those who are homebound and are confined to chairs and wheelchairs, the summer can be particularly uncomfortable. Miles Kimball has ways to keep your seating from overheating during the day.
Adding a cooling pad to a chair, a recliner or a wheelchair can help keep your bottom cool. Cooling gel technology adds comfort to your seating areas. These versatile pads are also portable: add them to the seat of your car to keep you comfortable when running errands or taking road trips during the heat of the summer day.
#5: Choose No-Bake Meals and Stay Hydrated
Sometimes during the heat of summer, it is tough to think about cooking. The heat of the oven can really cause your indoor temperatures to rise. For this reason, think about no-bake meals that are healthy and filling. Fruits and raw veggies are great ways to stay sated and hydrated. Check out our large section of Microwave Cookware, these gadgets make no-bake cooking a breeze.
Be sure to drink water throughout the day, too. Adding ice to 100% fruit juice and water will cool you down from the inside out. Our Polar Ice™ Cube No Spill Honeycomb Ice Tray is a great way to have ice that is easy to access when you need it. Freeze cucumber slices, fruit and other tasty items to your ice cubes for a cooling treat.
Summer: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Although they may be uncomfortable, summer days are fleeting. If you’re able, now is a great time to get out and enjoy the warm days and soak up the vitamin D, replenishing those depleted vitamin levels in your body that may have dropped during the dark winter months. Enjoy these summer days and apply our tips to help you manage the heat of summer.