(CNN)Being unable to afford air conditioning or wanting to save more by using it less is a normal circumstance for some of us.
How to stay cool without air conditioning this summer
Usually, in addition to using a few life hacks to stay cool, we would go see a movie, take a dip in the pool or visit an air-conditioned public facility to find some relief from hot summer temperatures.
But the pandemic has rendered those remedies inaccessible in many places. Many are closed for safety precautions, so when the heat becomes unbearable, it could feel like there's no place left to go.
However, there are ways to feel comfortable without cranking the air conditioning unit or going without. Here are more than 12 methods for cooling your body and buffering your house from the outside heat.
When you're hot and flushed, hydrating yourself is the first and foremost step to cooling down, said Wendell Porter, a senior lecturer in agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.
The temperature of the water doesn't matter since your body will heat it, he added. If your body is suffering from the heat and needs to cool itself, it can't perform the function without enough moisture.
Taking a cold shower or bath helps cool your body by lowering your core temperature.
For an extra cool blast, use peppermint soap. The menthol in peppermint oil activates brain receptors<