Whether morning or mid-afternoon, the dog days of summer – named for their tendency for the hottest temperatures of the year – can lead toward a miserable day. Some days, the misery takes place just as soon as we step outside. Even at times when temps are at their most mild, the outdoors can be too warm for comfort. Especially in areas that are more prone toward humidity. Between scorching temps and air that becomes immediately sticky, it’s a time of year that can lead to days inside, drinking iced tea and soaking up the AC. Or, for the brave, countless bouts of swimming, access to sunscreen, and record numbers of showers.
But just because we’re brave enough to battle the heat – or are simply not given a choice, in some cases – doesn’t mean it leads toward a comfortable situation. Sleeping can become almost impossible when wading through damp sheets and laying in a hot room (worse if it’s a tent), while everyday activities become tiresome and just plain uncomfortable. To beat the humidity, no matter what your day might entail, remember the following.
Give your AC some TLC
Not only do air conditioners help make a room cooler, they pull the humidity/moisture straight out of the air. (Ever wonder why they put off water as their “waste” material?) To ensure the most efficient model possible, and therefore the most comfortable indoor space, make sure each unit is up and running smoothly. Check filters, hoses, coolants (on some versions), and more to fight off any issues preemptively. This can also mean regular servicing from an HVAC provider, or just running over the basics yourself. A new unit altogether might even help save on utility bills though the help of green or energy efficient designs.
Hosing off the unit to remove dust and other debris can also increase its power levels while increasing its airflow.
Moving Air is your Friend
Trying to sleep in a mildly humid room? Enlist the help of one or more fans to keep the air moving. Stagnant air is made to feel warmer and stickier, while the constant use of fans will create a cooler overall temperature.
The hotter your body becomes, the more often you will sweat. Which means the need for more water to replace our fluid levels. However, we also become acclimated to various climates, and begin to sweat less over time. Until this happens, however, it’s best to drink plenty of water (and take in plenty of vitamins and nutrients) in order to keep the body healthy at all times. No matter how humid the day might become.
Sweating is never comfortable, especially in denim or cotton materials that won’t air out. Instead, look to wick-away materials that pull out moisture and dry quickly for maximum amounts of comfort. There are plenty of blends available, including those that are dressier, so you’re sure to find appropriate wear for all occasions.
Check the Weather
Though predictions aren’t always 100% accurate, a quick look at the weekly outlook will let you know approximately how hot and humid each day will be. Rather than just the highs, however, look toward daily humidity percentages. Hotter days can actually feel cooler when said head is “dry,” while cooler days will feel sticky and far more miserable with a higher level of humidity.
Late July and August are generally the hottest days that summer has to offer, as well as the most humid. In order to avoid the most miserable of days without missing out on your daily routines, remember the above. It’s an easy way to create a less humid, better-planned summer schedule.