Summer is coming in the northern hemisphere, and many parts of the world are expected to experience one of the hottest summers in recent memory. While there are plenty of old ways to beat the heat, like running through a sprinkler or jumping in the ocean, wouldn’t you like a solution that is a little more 21st century? It turns out there are a lot of innovations available online to help keep you cool during those scorching hot days. Here we have compiled a list of what we think are the coolest ways to keep cool.
If you live somewhere hot, an air conditioner is basically a miracle invention. It can turn rooms which are stifling and uninhabitable into oases of comfort and refreshment. But what would you say is the one drawback of owning most air conditioners? If your mind went to the high electricity bills and power wastage that comes with keeping one of these beautiful machines running, Quirky and GE agree with you. That’s why they have come together to create the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner.
The Aros Air Conditioner may be one of the best ‘smart’ air conditioners for sale today. By syncing with your smart phone, the Aros Air conditioner enables you to track how you use your air conditioner so you can make conscious decisions about power usage. It also tracks where you are through gps so it will cool down a room just before you arrive, which eliminates the need to leave it on when you go out. It also takes into account weather, your schedule, and even lets you set a budget for power usage.
So this air conditioner is smart but how does it stack up to other air conditioners? Well, it pumps out super cold air at 8000 BTUs, to cool a medium sized room (about 350 square feet). This is pretty impressive since this air conditioner sells for the same or less than other air conditioners with fewer features and lower power.
Anyone who has spent the day at the beach or hiking in the heat knows how fast a bottle of water can go from cool and refreshing to warm and unpalatable. This can be frustrating when your core temperature begs to be lowered, and warm water isn’t up to the task. WaterVault has the answer to this dilemma with the WaterVault Double Wall Water Bottle.
The WaterVault Double Wall Water Bottle is layered with stainless steel and insulation which keeps cold drinks cold for up to 16 hours. The benefits of using a world-class water bottle like this do not end there. This water bottle is 100% bpa free, which means, unlike other cheaper water bottles, you will not have potentially toxic water bottle particles floating around in your water.
Adding on to the beauty of insulated water bottles like this one, is the fact that this water bottle will not create loads of condensation, so you won’t soak the contents of your backpack when you put this water bottle in the mix, nor will it get horribly dirty when you place it in the sand. To top it all off, you can also use it in the winter time, as it will keep hot liquids hot for up to 8 hours. This is how you can become a hero when you are able to provide hot coffee or tea for everyone when things get chilly.
An air conditioner is great to have when the temperature is high and you are in a confined space. But what do you do if you want to beat the heat and have fun in the sun? Frontgate figured it out with the Portable Misting Cooler.
The Portable Misting Cooler combines fans with rapidly evaporated water to blow a concentrated flow of cool misty air all over you. Just fill the included 1 gallon tank with water and place it in the device, so you can bask in the sun without exhausting yourself in the heat. It can be used indoors or outdoors and has three speed settings. No longer will you have to retreat to the shade as this device will keep you cool in the sun for hours on end. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
The second water bottle on our list also insulates, maintaining the temperature of the water. But the features do not stop here. What sets this water bottle apart is its alternate nozzle which fires out the contained water in the form of a refreshing mist.
This is a great thing to have when you are hiking on a hot day or biking/running through the park. With this item you can keep hydrated, and refresh yourself on the outside, without stopping your workout.
For some people, hot weather is no big deal, except when they are trying to get a good night’s sleep. They will toss and turn and try every combination of fans and layers of blankets to get to exactly the right sleeping temperature. If only they had the Gel’O Cool Mat, they could have saved themselves hundreds of sleepless nights.
The Gel’O Cool Mat is a flat comfortable gel mat which aids in spreading out the heat which is generated by your body. In this way it is different from just lying on a mattress, which retains heat in a concentrated area. Therefore, the heat you generate when you lie down and try to sleep will not collect beneath you with the Gel’O Cool Mat. Instead it will be spread out and dispersed, thereby keeping you cool and sending you to dream land before you know it. Unlike other cooling sleep aids, this product does not need to be plugged in and has no moving parts, so you can get to sleep in silence without jacking up your electricity bill.
Here is a great invention for anyone, but especially those with jet-black hair, who know that their hair can be a heat magnet when in direct sunlight during the summer months. This hat claims to keep your head 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding air temperature through a system of slow evaporation.
Basically, before putting it on, the hat must be run under cool water, and wrung out until damp. One layer of the hat absorbs water, keeping your head cool, while allowing the water to evaporate slowly over the course of hours. The result is a head that is supremely cool no matter what the weather is like outside.
Now it is not enough that you remain cool during the summer, your drinks need to stay cool too. But some drinks just aren’t made to be served with ice. Take beer for example. It is a wonderfully refreshing beverage when served chilled, but watering it down with ice is not an option. So how do we keep it cold? Dimple Self Chilling Glassware is how.
Dimple Self Chilling Glassware comes with chilling cones which are meant to be frozen beforehand. These are then placed in the bottom of the accompanying glass, which will cool the contents of the glass without watering anything down. These glasses also have a silicone hand grip for added comfort, and a built in coaster. These handy drink conveyances will have you enjoying your refreshment to the very last drop, with no reduction in flavor or rise in temperature.
There are few treats more cooling and refreshing in the summer time than shaved ice and the Hawaiian Electric Shaved Ice Machine will put the ice cold fluff in your hands with speed and ease. Just freeze some water in one of the included ice molds, place it in the machine and let the motor do the rest of the work. The only thing left to do is decorate your shaved ice with all of your desired fixings. Think maple/fruit syrups, condensed milk, and chopped pieces of fruit. The Hawaiian Electric Shaved Ice Machine can provide endless treats to make those lazy days in the sun even more perfect than they already are.
We couldn’t end this list without recommending a fan. But like the other items on this list, there is something special about the item we are about to recommend. This isn’t just any old fan. This is the Dyson Air Multiplier Fan. This fan does not use blades. Instead, it uses Dyson’s air multiplier technology to accelerate the air through what Dyson calls an annular aperture. This makes for airflow which is quiet, energy efficient and not choppy.
The Dyson Air Multiplier has a sleek and futuristic design that doubles as a hoop for throwing crumpled up pieces of paper through (turn the fan on to increase difficulty). In addition, it has a sleep timer to save energy for those of you who like to have a fan to lull you to sleep. Best of all, it comes with a remote control so you don’t have to disturb your summer relaxation by getting up to turn on the fan.