Summer is generally a time of warmth and sunny weather. It’s often also a time of water conservation, brownouts and blown-out air conditioning units. Although we’re all very happy not to be buried in feet of snow and ice, too much heat can be just as annoying and dangerous. So what can you do to keep cool when AC isn’t an option? Here are a few ideas:

Use heat-producing items as little as possible. Sure, you might have to use the stove or oven, but you probably won’t have to utilize overhead lighting as much during the day now that the sun is out! Try to use things like lights, dryers, and dishwashers later in the evening or at night if possible.

These items are the perfect foil to keep heat at bay as summers are quite intolerable compared to winters and therefore people prefer to stay indoors but have no choice. A better option would be to install San Diego HVAC in your house.

If you’re lucky enough to have a few fans on hand, use them. In hot areas of the house, such as the kitchen or upstairs rooms, turn the fans so that they blow hot air outside. This will help reduce the heat in your home. Turning on your inward-facing fans during the morning will help pull in cool air before it gets too hot outside.

It might also be helpful to wet a towel or cloth, place it on your body, and sit in front of an inward-facing fan on exceptionally hot days. Water will help to pull heat from your body as it evaporates, and the breeze on your wet skin will help to cool you down. If you’re not shy about using a little more water than usual, try a cool shower during the day to beat the heat. A cold, wet cloth on the back of the neck will also help you feel significantly less hot.

Utilize your freezer and refrigerator. No, you don’t have to shove your head in the freezer to cool down and I don’t suggest that you do that. Your freezer can be handy, though. Put clean, wet cloths in plastic bags and freeze them. They’ll feel great on your hot skin after mowing the lawn or walking to the store. You can also freeze a variety of fruits or make your own ice pops.

There are some places in your home that are probably cooler than others. Use this to your advantage. If we only learned one useful thing in science class, it’s that hot air goes up and cold air goes down. Downstairs areas of your house will probably be more cool than those above them.

Finally, stay inside or in shady areas during the hottest hours when you can. If you need to do yard work or any strenuous outdoor activity, try to schedule it early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is setting. Working in such conditions can be dangerous and might even lead to heat exhaustion.

Remember: drink enough water, be careful when working in the summer heat, and stay chilly!