3 Ways to Cool Down During a Florida Summer
Florida is nicknamed “The Sunshine State” for a reason. We, here in central Florida, hardly had a winter this past year, and spring is already giving us glimpses into the upcoming summer. The average daytime temperature in summer in central Florida is about 90°F. Adding relative humidity into the mix, Florida can experience a range of 60% to 90% over the course of one day. When summer is in full force, here are a few tricks you can try to keep yourself cool.
Keep Your House Cool
The ideal thing to do during the summer is crank the AC way down and bask in feeling like you’re in Antarctica. That can get expensive, and fast. Placing fans around the house will help circulate the air, although it won’t cool it, and will provide a breeze indoors. Using solar powered or battery-operated fans is a way to keep the expense out of your electric bill. Also, closing blinds and curtains will block the sun from shining into the house and heating up whatever it touches.
Go to Cool Places
If you can’t be at home during the hottest parts of the day, go to a local library or mall. There are plenty of things to do in central Florida, and the public buildings are generally much cooler than it will be outside. If you have children, you could even find a bowling alley, skating rink, or movie theater to give them something to do for a couple of hours. Most movie theaters will even have cheaper matinee prices on certain days of the week.
Regardless of whether you fight out the heat at home or in your city, it is very important to stay hydrated. Even though the air is humid, the Florida heat can drain your energy if you don’t stay diligent in drinking water. A drink of cold water can almost immediately cool your body off when out under the blazing sun. Keep the freezer stocked with ice cubes, popsicles, and even water bottles that you can take with you on the go.