Don’t look now, but before you know it, summer will be here and with it comes high temperatures and cranked up air conditioners. And with summer also comes picnics in the park, outdoor festivals and broken air conditioning units.

Look, even if your AC unit functions properly all summer long, that doesn’t mean you won’t be in a situation when you just get too hot. For example, it could be at work, while in a store or while walking the dog in the park, there are a number of occasions you will feel too hot. On some occasions, there might not be an escape, you will just have to ride it out.

It is when you find yourself in these situations that you will want to employ these tips for keeping cool in the summer heat. Pronto Service Pros, your AC repair service in Tampa Bay, offers tips to keep cool this coming summer.

Eat Spicy Foods

You might think this is a terrible idea on a hot day. But hot foods like jalapenos, habanero and cayenne peppers get their heat from a chemical known as capsaicin, which acts as an irritant in our bodies and makes us sweat more, which cools us down.

Spicy foods excite the receptors in the skin that respond to heat. Basically, they trigger the body to react to the sensation of heat.

Go See A Movie

If at all possible, see a double feature.

Everybody knows that movie theaters are the coldest places in the heat of summer. They seem to crank their AC to the max. The best part about this is that there are some really great movies due out this summer. Grab a bucket of popcorn, iced soda and a box of Junior Mints and enjoy a few hours cool, comfortable and entertained.

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Wear Proper Clothing

Wearing a hat will help protect you from the sun and will keep you cooler as well. You should also be wearing light, loose clothing to combat the heat. Long-sleeved shirts in the heat of summer are fine as they protect from the sun.

Avoid wearing dark clothing in the heat as they greedily absorb the heat and cause you to swelter in your own clothes. Instead, choose white or other light-colored clothing that will bounce that heat right off.

You should also avoid tight clothing. Face it, you never see people who live in the desert wearing skin-tight jeans and tight pullovers in the movies. They are always wearing very loose clothing as this will keep you cooler.

Take Cool Showers And Baths

Cool water on the skin is going to allow your body to cool down. So if you are able, take a cool shower or soak in a tub of cool water and you will cool down really quick.

If showering or a bath is not an immediate option, you can apply cold, wet towels on your neck and wrists to help bring your core temperature down and cool off.

Stay Hydrated

Sweating is your body’s mechanism for cooling off. But the more you sweat, the more water you need to replace. Keep in mind that on really hot days. you should be drinking water throughout the day and not just when you are feeling thirsty.

Get A Haircut

Even if your long locks are part of your trademark look, having shorter hair will keep you cooler in the summer. Excess hair traps heat around your head.

Ice Cream

Release your inner child and go out for an ice cream if you are getting too hot. If you are lactose intolerant or just don’t like ice cream, go out for a slushie, shaved ice or even gelato. A Popsicle is fine. It doesn’t matter what you enjoy, as long as it is cold. You get bonus points for going to an ice cream shop that is air conditioned.

Mist Yourself

Use a mister or spray bottle to mist yourself during the heat of the day. This will not only keep you cool, but it will also hydrate your skin as well and leave you looking fresh and youthful.

Keep these tips in mind this summer when it gets too hot out. If you are having problems with your AC, give Pronto Service Pros a call.