he past few years have been sweltering in Pakistan, and we have consistently gotten heat waves every year, each worse than the other. Due to this uncomfortable change in the weather conditions, people have no other option than to install ACs in their homes.
Having an air conditioner is truly a blessing, but not everyone can afford this luxury. Even when people manage to install air conditioning in their houses, the electricity bills get sky high, and people have to minimize their AC usage.
Installing inverter ACs is a power-saving option, but its prices are extremely high and far away from the reach of a lot of families. Now all that is left is to find another way of beating the heat.
Here are some tricks and tips that you can apply to your daily life to fight the scorching summers in Pakistan.
Tips to Beat Summers in Pakistan without AC
1. Invest in a Good Room Cooler
Room coolers may not compare to the cold air of an AC, but it is better to have something than nothing. Room coolers are reliable if you look for the ones that come with a warranty.
There are room coolers in which you even have an option of pouring water so that it cools down the air. You can simply put freezing cold water in the room cooler and enjoy a peaceful sleep.
2. Use Box Fans Smartly
If the placement of your box fan is not smartly thought out, there is no point in wasting electricity because it will just push hot air in and out.
To maximize the use of a box fan, you should keep it near a window or door so that it can push out the hot air out of the room, and give cold air in return.
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3. Take Showers Frequently
This one is a given; we don’t have to tell you that you should get a shower to cool off, but we can tell you that you should get a shower twice or even thrice.
We do not recommend washing your hair each time; you can just have a body shower to lower your body temperature. We suggest taking a bath right before you go to bed so that you can stay cold for a while until you fall asleep.
4. Use a Box Fan and Ice
This is an old technique, but it’s a proven one. You can freeze a bowl of water or take ice cubes and put them in a bowl. Now all you have to do is adjust that bowl of ice in front of your fan so that the ice can cool it when it throws the air out.
You may think this is ridiculous if you’ve never tried it before, but trust us, it is highly effective. Although the ice will melt in a short amount of time, you would have fallen asleep by them because the cold air will give you extreme serenity.
5. Drink Lots and Lots of Water
A lot of people drink a lot of water, but some forget to drink water which is not at all ideal. Hot weather can make you sweat, which can lead to dehydration if you don’t drink enough water.
Having a cold glass of water will cool you down and calm your nerves. The recommended quantity of water is eight ounces, but you can drink as much as you want if you are ok with running back and forth to the washroom.
6. Soak Your Feet in Water
Have you ever noticed if your feet are cold in winter, your whole body will be cold? The same goes for summers; if your feet are hot or sweaty, you may feel hotter.
A good way of cooling yourself down is by putting your feet into a bucket of cold water.
7. Eat Cucumbers
Cucumbers are taken as a vegetable but it’s actually fruit. It’s low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals. If you don’t want to drink lots of water, you can take cucumbers as an alternative sometimes.
It also contains 96% water which helps to promote the body’s function. An unskippable source when it comes to beating summers in Pakistan. And the best part is you can eat it all the time without worrying about your weight gain.
8. Rooh Afza – Best Summer Drink
Rooh Afza is the most popular summer drink in the east. Also, it’s one of the purest drinks that is made up of herbs and natural ingredients. It’s therapeutic.
Most importantly, it was designed to beat the heat and people during the partition rely on this drink to relax. Effective in boosting the immune system, it’s one of the best things that can help you survive summer.
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