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how to stay cool in the heat – surviving the heatwave

How to stay cool in the heat – surviving the heatwave

Are you looking for advice on how to stay cool in the heat? Then look no further! Because of the higher temperatures we often see during the summer, keeping cool is more important than ever.

At Duux, we are all about better air, so with warmer summers and higher chances of extreme weather, we wanted to share some of our team’s most helpful tips.

Summer 2022 was the hottest on record and 2024 is predicted to be even hotter. Even this year, we have just had a spate of high temperatures and some forecasters are predicting more heatwaves in early and late July.

Hot weather can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, so it is important to find effective ways to keep cool when the temperatures rise.

Know the Risks

Heat can have a serious effect on your health, so in warm weather, you need to be aware of the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses excess water, salt and sugars through sweating. If you feel that you may be experiencing heat exhaustion, drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and try to cool yourself down.

Heatstroke is much more serious. This is when body temperature becomes dangerously high and the body can no longer cool itself down. Heatstroke can develop with little warning and can quickly lead to unresponsiveness and potentially more serious consequences. Symptoms include headache, nausea, confusion, muscle cramps and paler skin.

If you have heatstroke, move to a cool place, remove any unnecessary clothing and drink cool water or a rehydration drink. Try to cool your skin by applying cool water with a spray or a sponge. Seek medical attention if you are still unwell after spending 30 minutes in a cool place and drinking fluids.

Who’s most at risk?

Anyone can be affected by a heatwave, but the most at-risk are the over 75’s, with people living on their own or in care home needing to take more care. Other at-risk groups include people with serious, long-term illnesses and people on medicines that can make them more vulnerable to the heat. People whose job requires them to spend a lot of time outside or in the heat are also at risk.

It is also important to keep an eye on those who are unable to keep themselves cool, such as babies, the very young, people who are bed bound and those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Keep Yourself Cool

Knowing how to stay cool in the heat involves having strategies for keeping your body temperature as low as possible when the temperature outside climbs. Try some of the following tips to help you beat the heat.

Drink plenty of fluids

In hot weather, it is essential to stay hydrated. Even if you are not feeling thirsty, it is a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are not in the habit of drinking water regularly, having a water tracking app on your phone can help remind you to drink.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

While it is important to drink regularly, certain fluids like alcohol and caffeine can cause you to dehydrate, it is best often best to avoid them, especially outdoors when it is very hot.

Wear loose, lightweight clothing

Tight and heavy clothing, can trap heat. To really stay cool in the heat, it is sensible to wear loose and lightweight clothing made from breathable fabrics such as linen or cotton.

Don’t go out during peak hours

If you are able to, stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 11:00 and 15:00. Using fans and air conditioners will help keep your home environment more manageable.

Stay in the shade

If you have to go out, try to avoid the sun as much as possible by staying in the shade. If you can’t avoid the sun, wear a hat, light clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Also try to avoid exercise or any activity that could warm you up.

Take a shower or bath

If you’re feeling hot, take a cool shower or bath to cool down. Don’t make the shower or bath too cold though, as a warmer shower can be far more effective in cooling you down when your body temperature is running hot. A freezing cold shower will shrink your pores, and you may end up feeling warmer than before as your pores open up and your initial core temperature releases.

Get plenty of rest

In the heat, your body needs to work harder to  keep you cool. This can cause you to get tired more easily than normal, so it is a good idea to get plenty of rest.

Eat lighter meals

When it’s hot, you are far better off sticking to light, well-balanced, regular meals. Food with a high water content like strawberries, cucumber, celery, and lettuce, will also help to keep you hydrated and cool. You can also try foods with high fluid content like soups and stews that contribute towards hydration levels.

Cool down your wrists and ankles with cold water

There are pressure points on your wrists and ankles, so if you are feeling hot, you may benefit from filling up a bowl with cold water and rest your wrists and ankles in it. This can be quite effective at cooling down the rest of your body. You can also try applying a cold compress to your forehead or neck.

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Keep Your Home Cool

As well as cooling your body temperature, any advice on how to stay cool in the heat needs to also include guidance on how to cool down your environment.

Shut windows, curtains and blinds during the day

Heat can get into your house in two main ways. Hot air can come in from outside, replacing the cooler air inside your home. Also, the sun shines through windows, heating up the air. While it is tempting to open windows, curtains and blinds when it gets hot, the best way to block sunlight and warm air is to keep them closed. Only open your windows and doors when the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature.

Circulate cool air indoors

Keep cool during the heatwave by circulating cool air inside with a fan. If the air is too warm, try filling a large bowl with ice and water and placing it in front of a fan. This can create a refreshing supply of ice-cold air circulating around the room.

Avoid using your oven

Most Brits enjoy firing up the barbecue on warm summer days, so try grilling your food outside when you can. This can be great for keeping your house cool as ovens generate a lot of heat, making an already uncomfortable temperature worse. If you don’t fancy cooking outside, cold meats and salad can be the perfect summer meal.

Turn off your electric appliances

All electric appliances generate heat, so you can help keep your home cool by turning them off. As well as helping you to cool your home, it will also reduce your electricity bill.

Install energy-saving light bulbs

While most homes have now switched over to LED and halogen light bulbs, there may still be a one or two traditional lightbulbs around the home. The old-style incandescent light bulbs generate light quite inefficiently, giving off waste heat in the process. By replacing any traditional bulbs with low-energy light bulbs, you can reduce overheating, save money and have a more energy-efficient home.

Create a through draught

If it is warmer inside than out, try creating a breeze to circulate air around your home. You can create a refreshing breeze through your home by opening windows on opposite sides of a room or a building. This creates a through draught through your home and helps circulate the air faster. If there isn’t much of a breeze, you can use two fans, one fan by a shaded window pulling in cooler air from outside and another on the sunny side to push hot air out of your home.
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Sleeping in a Heatwave

When considering how to stay cool in the heat, focusing on your bed and bedroom will help you sleep better when it gets warm, improving your mood and wellbeing. Not getting enough rest can contribute to increased stress levels, so a good night’s sleep can help you handle problems and look after your mental health.

Use wool bedding materials

Many people struggle to sleep during a heatwave, with large numbers choosing to sleep without a duvet. However, wool bedding can actually help regulate body temperature, as it has the ability to absorb and desorb moisture, improving your sleep quality. The fibre structure of wool also allows moisture to evaporate rapidly.

Open your window before bed

If you are finding your bedroom too warm, try opening the window after the sun goes down to give your bedroom a chance to cool down. Let in a breeze and use a fan to help circulate the cooler air around the room. If you are concerned about the fan noise keeping you awake, consider a quiet fan from the Duux Whisper range which feature an ultra-quiet night mode and can be controlled from the comfort of your bed using the remote control or the Duux app.

Try using a mattress topper

Feather down mattress toppers have the same cooling effect as feather duvets. The natural fibres and cotton casing wick away moisture keeping you cooler overnight. For maximum effectiveness, choose a mattress topper that has a cotton casing rather than polyester.

Cool your bedding down in the freezer

If you are still struggling to sleep in the heat, pop your bed sheets in the freezer to cool them down. Cooling down your sheets can help ensure a good night’s rest. Put your bedding in an air-tight freezer bag and put them back on your bed before you go to sleep.

Use Duux Cooling Products

Investing in high quality cooling products is one of the most effective ways to stay cool in the heat. Duux offers a range of cooling products from quiet fans to portable air conditioners. Here are a few of our favourites.

Duux Whisper Fan

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Duux Whisper Fan is an energy-efficient quiet fan designed to deliver refreshing airflow while keeping noise levels to a minimum, making it perfect for bedrooms and other small spaces and the included remote control means you don’t have to get up to adjust the fan.

As well as offering quiet cooling, Duux Whisper Fan has 26 speed settings, a variable mode and an ultra-quiet sleep mode. The adjustable head can be tilted up and down to control the airflow.

The unique design and advanced technology of Duux Whisper ensures optimal air circulation, helping to reduce the temperature in your living spaces. The sleek aesthetic seamlessly fits into any home or office environment.

 

 

Duux Whisper Flex Smart Fan

whisper flex smart whiteDuux Whisper Flex Smart Fan is a versatile, quiet smart fan with a flexible neck which can be adjusted to any angle, letting you direct the airflow exactly where you need it. Whisper Flex has 26 speed settings, a variable speed setting and a sleep mode that reduces the noise level to a minimum.

Whisper Flex can be used as a table or standing fan and comes with a remote control, so you can control it from anywhere in the room and can be connected to the Duux app, allowing you to control the airflow from anywhere.

You get a fully customisable cooling experience with Whisper Flex Smart Fan, whether you prefer a gentle breeze or a powerful gust of air, Whisper Flex adapts to your needs, ensuring optimal comfort during those scorching summer days.

 

Duux Whisper Flex Ultimate

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Duux Whisper Flex Ultimate is the ultimate smart fan for staying cool in the heat. It has all the features of the Whisper Flex Fan, plus a rechargeable battery pack making it an incredibly versatile wireless fan for optimum whisper-quiet cooling anywhere.

Whisper Flex Ultimate Fan is the most powerful fan in the Duux Whisper range with 30 speeds and a 360-degree oscillating head making it perfect for large rooms. Whisper Flex Ultimate can be controlled using either the Duux app or the included remote control.

For those seeking ultimate cooling, the Duux Whisper Flex Ultimate is a game-changer. With its innovative app-controlled features, you can easily adjust settings, create personalised schedules, and even integrate it with your smart home system. The Whisper Flex Ultimate is your go-to device for exceptional cooling comfort during heatwaves.

 

Duux North Mobile Air Conditioner

DXMA North K frontIf you need more powerful cooling, Duux North Air Conditioners are an excellent choice with cooling capacity from 9,000 BTU, enough to cool a room up to 30 square meters. North Air Conditioners are simple to use, easily controlling temperature and humidity with the remote control or the Duux app.

Duux North Air Conditioners are perfect for small to large rooms, cooling, dehumidifying and ventilating. It’s also energy-efficient and quiet, so you can run Duux North without disturbing your sleep.

With the unprecedented temperature rises we have seen in recent years, a portable air conditioner is becoming an indispensable device for UK homes. Duux North Air Conditioners are powerful cooling devices that can quickly bring down the temperature in any room. With a portable design and easy setup, you can enjoy cool air wherever you go.

Summary

Knowing how to stay cool in the heat involves understanding the best ways to keep both yourself and your surroundings at a comfortable temperature. While there are several options for cooling your environment, one of the most effective ways is by using cooling fans and air conditioning units.

When choosing a cooling appliance, noise levels are critically important. Quiet devices ensures that you can enjoy the cooling benefits without disruptions. Duux Whisper and North ranges all come with Quiet Mark certification, so you can relax, work, or sleep undisturbed, beating the heat without sacrificing a calm, peaceful environment.

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