Beat the Summer Heat!

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How to Beat the Summer Heat! 

1. Check your air conditioning. Most central units have a life span of 15-20 years. How old is your A/C? Is it time for a new one? Also, make sure to check the unit pipes to see if they are clogged. Sometimes, blockages can inhibit how effective your A/C unit functions.

2. Draw your blinds closed! By shutting your blinds, you help divert direct sunlight from entering into your house. Just by drawing your blinds, you can keep a room up to 20⁰ cooler.

3. Head to the pool! If you have a pool in your back yard or at a community club house, then you don't have to travel far from home! If not, phone a friend and have a fun pool hangout with some music and snacks!

4. Hit the beach! Sun, sand and tan are always a good summer plan! There is nothing better than jumping in the ocean on a hot day. Make a beach outing! Call some friends, bring drinks, pack a lunch, and have a great time!

5. Have an indoor movie, crafting or activities day! Kick up that working A/C unit, draw the blinds, have a cold drink, and enjoy a cool house.

6. Go to an ice cream shop! Whether you put it in a cup or cone, get a shake or sundae, nothing helps curb the heat like a cold dessert. The average American consumes around 22 pounds of ice cream per year!

7. Make ice pops at home! By making your own icy treat, you can have a blast by choosing unique and fun flavors! Keep in mind, fully freezing the dessert may take a few hours!

8. The two most important things to do in the heat is to always wear sunscreen and stay extra hydrated. An SPF 15 sunscreen can block 93% of the UVB radiation that you come in contact with. It is recommended to drink approximately 8, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but the actual amount varies from person to person!

          According to Dailyburn.com here are ten ways to stay hydrated!

1. Watermelon
2. Celery
3. Cucumbers
4. Strawberries
5. Lettuce
6. Fat-free or skim milk
7. Smoothies
8. Sports drinks
9. Coconut water
10. Coffee