July 24, 2018
It’s hotter’n a firecracker outside so finding ways to beat the heat is a summer pastime in July and August, even in Colorado. Here are 5 ways to cool down, cool off and play it cool to escape the high temperatures near Southshore.
Escape to the Lake!
The quickest cool down we know is to head out your front door and over to the lake! Life’s a beach at the 800-acre Aurora Reservoir where you can shake out your towel and take a dip in the cool, refreshing water lapping at the shoreline. There are kayaks and paddle boards to rent and plenty of cool H20 to help you beat the heat. Take your sunscreen and a cooler filled with iced water to keep hydrated!
Move the Air
Run a fan and an air conditioner simultaneously. You can use the air conditioner on lower power and still feel cool if the fan is blowing. The air conditioner removes humidity from the air while the fan dries away the sweat and pushes the heat away from your body. And when taking a shower, be sure to use the vent fan to let the sticky, moist air escape.
Spritz for Relief
Keep a spray bottle in the refrigerator, and when the going gets hot, give yourself a good squirt. As the water evaporates, it cools you down. Health experts recommend spritzing at your wrists to quickly cool down the blood flowing through your arms which will then circulate to the rest of your body.
And there’s this fun fact we found at GQ: the area of the brain that senses and regulates body temperature is located in the base of the neck and when you cool this spot down with a wet towel, you can trick your body into feeling like it’s cooler than it is.
The most inexpensive cooling towel we found was at the Target on South Gartrell in Aurora, and Dick’s at Southlands has a variety of sizes and brands. Wet one and wear it around your neck when you’re outside to keep your body cool.
Let it Air Dry
Instead of using the drying cycle on your dishwasher, leave the door open to let the dishes dry. And put off using the dishwasher until late at night or early morning, when the air is cooler. Or here’s a novel idea — wash your dishes by hand and let them air dry!
Wear loose fitting clothing that breathes, like the new synthetics that wick away moisture from your body. But if cotton is your summer fabric of choice, it’s better to wear billowy clothes that allow for plenty of air movement and evaporation.
Change the Bulbs
Did you know that long-lasting fluorescent bulbs produce about 70 percent less heat than standard incandescent bulbs? Time to switch! And here’s one last tip: turning off your gas fireplace can reduce the heat emitted by the pilot light. And while it’s a small amount, it’s still heat and the experts say it’s okay to turn it off!
Beat the Heat at Southshore!
Life at the lake means residents of the master-planned community of Southshore always have a way to cool off in the nearby 800-acre reservoir! If you’re a home buyer in search of a neighborhood, don’t miss the models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities, three of Colorado’s top builders, at Southshore. You can live lakeside in a ranch or two-story design, priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.