How to stay cool without air conditioning this summer

Here's how to beat the summer heat amid the pandemic.

(CNN)Being unable to afford air conditioning or wanting to save more by using it less is a normal circumstance for some of us.

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.

      Stay hydrated

        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.

          Take a cold shower or bath

          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 that convey whether something you're eating or feeling is cold.

          Use cold washrags on your neck or wrists

          Place a cold washrag on your wrists or drape it around your neck to cool your body. These pulse points are areas where blood vessels are close to the skin, so you'll cool down more quickly.

          Use box fans

          Place box fans facing out of the windows of rooms you're spending time in to blow out hot air and replace it with cold air inside.
          If the weather in your area tends to fall between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the mornings and evenings, open the windows during those times to facilitate a cross-flow ventilation system. The outdoors can pull the hot air from your home, leaving a cooler temperature or bringing in the breeze. Just be sure to close windows as the sun comes out, then open them when the weather is cool again.
          Usually we might not leave windows open in consideration of crime, but while we're home during this time, this method could be feasible, Porter said.
          Resting near a fan would reduce just your body temperature.

          Close your curtains or blinds

          If you have windows that face the sun's direction in the morning through afternoon, close the curtains or blinds over them to "keep the sun from coming directl