Keeping Cool in the Summer Without Power

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Keeping cool in the summer without power can be very hard. Being stuck in your home with no electricity in the middle of the summer can feel like you’re baking in an oven. It might even feel like what you picture hell itself is like. How can you possibly survive such desert-like temperatures long enough to tell the tale?

While this scenario certainly bites, there are a few measures that you can take to help keep your family cooler and remaining less irritable. Here are a few ways we’ve come up with to help you to keep cool in the summertime when you’re in a power outage. 

Keeping Cool

Wear a Wet Bandanna

One of the most effective ways of staying cool and lowering your body temperature is by cooling off your head. Your brain has a section called the hypothalamus that actually works like a thermostat. Wearing a wet bandanna will work wonders by cooling not only your head but trick your hypothalamus into cooling off the rest of your body.   

Drink Plenty of Water

Don’t take lightly the importance of drinking plenty of liquids in the summer. Drinking plenty of water is not only good for your overall health, but actually works as a coolant in your body. It helps bring your warm body temperature back down to a normal temperature more quickly. 

Put a Damp Towel in Front of a Portable Battery-operated Fan

Since there’s no electricity in the near foreseeable future, how about making sure you have several battery-operated fans on-hand for when the power goes out? Hanging a cool damp towel in front of these fans will help circumvent cool air instead of just blowing hot air around. 

Build a Wind Tunnel 

Having only one battery-operated fan will prove a struggle to cool down a room in the summertime. If you have two to tango, now you’re getting somewhere. Put one in a window on one side of the house and have it blowing in from the outside, while the other one is facing outward in a window on the opposite end of the room or home. This will create a wind tunnel that will help the air flow better, instead of sitting stagnant. 

Close Off Warm Rooms

If there are rooms in your home that are holding a lot of heat and are not used regularly, close off the room from the rest of the house. This includes attics, storage rooms and other rooms in the house that might not have good insulation. Keeping the doors open just invites more heat for your home to take on and absorb 

Avoid Opening Up the Outside Door as Frequently

This one can be a battle if you have children. Kids love going in and out all summer long, sometimes leaving the door ajar. Make sure everyone in the home understands the importance of keeping doors and windows shut during the heat of the day. 

Black Curtains Come in Handy

While black or dark curtains might not be your color or shade of decor, having an extra set during the summer might not be a bad idea. Keeping rooms darker will block out the sunlight and help absorb the rays. Sticking with white or lighter colors allows the sunshine and heat in. Certainly, something you don’t want when the power is out for days at a time. 

Open Your Windows at Night

When the sun has disappeared behind the horizon, the temperatures outside generally begin to go down as night comes on. Take advantage of this and open up all your windows of your home. Besides, you can’t sleep in a house that has no airflow. You’d be miserable. When the sun begins coming back up in the morning, it’s time to shut them again. Consider getting window screens, if you don’t have them already. Also, be sure you feel safe before you expose your family to the outside world with open windows, it may not be in the cards even though you want to do it.

Don’t Sleep Upstairs

In science class, everyone learned that hot air rises, while cooler temperatures settle to the bottom. It might be unfortunate for you if all your family members’ rooms are on the second level. Temperatures might be a whole 10-15 degrees warmer in your bedroom than on the first floor or basement when you have no power. Your family might have to camp out on the couches for a few nights. 

Sleep Downstairs

Under normal circumstances, you might never even consider sleeping down in your basement. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. Most basements remain pretty cool, even in power outage situations.  

Get a Cooling Pillow and Sheets

Another way of getting a good night of sleep when your house is a hundred degrees is by having a cooling pillow and sheets. Now that’s a great way of staying comfortable. 

Cook Outside

With the power out, you won’t have a lot of ways to prepare your food that needs to be served hot or warm. So cooking your food on a grill outside to keep the heat out of your home won’t be hard for you to consider. 

Wear Lighter Clothing 

During a power outage in the summer, you want your clothes to be as light as possible. Stay clear of polyester clothing during a power outage. Choosing clothes made with cotton, linen or silk are your best options for staying cool. 

Get Naked 

Hey, you’re trying to get comfortable here. While you might not find yourself getting down to your underwear and walking around the house on normal occasions, this power outage might be the exception. Take off those socks too, which hold a lot of heat on your feet. Be sure to cover the windows so you don’t scare the neighbors!!

Use a Spray Bottle for Instant Refreshment

Having a spray bottle filled with water would be a huge relief to spray on your skin when you’re trying to beat the heat. 

Try Using Peppermint Essential Oil

Last,  but certainly not least, try using peppermint essential oil to cool down your skin. It has a cooling sensation that will leave your skin feeling minty-fresh. 

Final Word

These are several ways of staying cool in the summer when you run into a power outage situation in your home. Tell us about your power outage story, if you have one. If you’ve been left without power in the summer before, what other ways did you find for staying cool when your AC was not an option?  Keep prepping, my friends. May God bless this world, Linda

8 thoughts on “Keeping Cool in the Summer Without Power

  • September 28, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    Cold drinks help if you can manage it with ice or a working fridge. During a power outage following a hurricane, I went to a local convenience store for ice cold drinks and would enjoy the car’s air conditioning during the drive or even at home. My brother and I took our two little dogs into the car for some relief from the heat. It’s only momentary, but it helped.

    The battery powered fans from O2Cool are good fans. I would like to find one of those “Turbo” fans that circulate the air around a room. We have a plug in unit and it really works…. you feel the air move around the room.

    Oddly, even cool water will feel cold when you’re in a warm house. I learned this when years before, power out after a hurricane had hit, I showered with jugs of water and the water felt very cold…. yes like shockingly cold. 🙂

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    • September 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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      Hi Frank, great comment. I live in the desert and heat is my biggest fear when the power goes out. Getting wet or going in the car would truly help. I have a few Frogg Toggs, you wet them and they cool you. They are awesome but a battery-powered fan would be awesome. I bet that cool water felt very cold, great story you shared!! Linda

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  • May 29, 2020 at 8:32 pm
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    Hi Linda, haven’t had any outages in the recent past so nothing to share there. As a young lady, living in Ohio where it was very hot and humid in the summertime, we would go outside in the back yard, turn on the sprinkler and have a blast.
    The house was built shortly after the civil war and had very tall windows, almost from floor to ceiling. At night, we would open them all up all the way and there was always a breeze to help cool down the house.
    By the way, off subject, I picked my first ripe tomato today. Have not eaten it yet, will probably do so tomorrow. Will let you know how it tastes.
    I also noticed tonight, that I have another one nearly ready to pick, it’s a “Black Krim” and I love them. My green beans have blossoms, as do all of my different squash.
    Happy Gardening.

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    • May 29, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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      Hi Suzanne, SQUEAL!!! The first tomato!! I have green beans, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and squash but only green tomatoes! Fresh tomatoes are the best! I have Early Girl, Roma, and Celebrity tomatoes. I will have to check out Black Krim tomatoes!!! I love hearing this, Linda

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  • May 29, 2020 at 8:34 pm
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    Oh, I forgot, we had a front porch that had a balcony on the second floor right off of our bed room.
    There were many nights, when my sis and I would haul our mattress outside on the balcony, which was shaded by a huge old Elm tree. Cover up with a sheet and sleep the night away. Gold memories.

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    • May 29, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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      HI Suzanne, Oh the mattress on the balcony sounds awesome! Oh, how I love hearing memories!! I can almost feel the breeze blowing in the wind! Linda

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  • May 30, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    My mother grew up on the Ford Ranch in Montana-the very same one Kevin Costner films “Yellowstone” at – and at night, they would sleep in the bathtub. Back then they were cast iron and porcelain so they were pretty cool. They also slept on the porch but more often than not, they all (3 girls and 1 boy) went camping by the river and slept outdoors. Hmm, wonder what they did for mosquitoes? Sadly, all my family is gone now so I can’t ask…yet.

    Nowaways, I am a stickler about opening all the windows and the door in our bedroom. It’s on the west side of the house so I don’t get the sun but I get a great cross-breeze. I also bring up a huge standing fan from my basement and have that blowing directly on me from the open window. Being Norwegian I absolutely cannot stand the heat! Give me cold and snow anyday but NO HOT SUMMERS! So it’s a struggle to stay cool and sleep in the hot months. Thank goodness for a/c!

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    • May 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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      Hi Robbie, oh how I love your comment! I love the fresh air coming through my bedroom room when the weather is cool! I was thinking about the mosquitoes down by the river too!! LOL! Thank goodness for A/C! Linda

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