Five Ways to Stay Cool in LA

Five Ways to Stay Cool in LA

We’ve been lucky so far this summer to have mild weather, but those hot Los Angeles days, and  nights, are coming.  As temperatures climb toward triple digits, here are some tips for  keeping your cool.

Get Out

No, you don’t have to leave LA to escape the heat.  Just get outdoors.  Head to the ocean for cooler breezes.  The bike trail and walking path from Manhattan   Malibu offers not just great vistas and the opportunity to exercise but a welcome  respite from the oppressive inland heat.
Find a map of local rides at Labikepaths.com.

Open and Close Case

Many LA homes were built to stay cool indoors during the summer
months.  Stucco in particular is energy  efficient because of its air-barrier qualities, but the trick is keeping cool  air in and hot air out.  Open your  windows at night and in the early hours of the morning, and fill the home with  fresh, cool air.  Then, before noon,
close windows, blinds, shutters and drapes to keep cool air in and warming sun
rays out. Learn more by reading Consumer Guide to Home Energy
Savings
by  Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John  Morrill.

Take it Outside

When the air is stifling inside, move your dining table, or even your
family room or bedroom, outside.  Dine al  fresco under an umbrella or under  the stars, invest in a deep seating patio set for lounging and socializing  outdoors, and take make it a fun outing for the whole family by having a camp out in the backyard with sleeping bags.  You can get everything you need, from outdoor furniture  to camping gear, at Costco.com.

Live in Linen

Just as linen is a great breathable fabric for summer clothing, it makes  a wonderful and cool sleep surface.  Italian bedding designer Magniflex took linen luxury one step further  than bed sheets and created the Linen Experience mattress and Linen ComfortPlus  pillows.  The beauty of the line is that  you can remove and launder the coverings, so you can sleep on them with or  without bed sheets.  Check out the new
collection at Blueprint Furniture in Los  Angeles or go to Magniflex.com.

To Air is Divine

 

Many Los Angeles homes and  apartments do not have central air conditioning, but you don’t have to resort  to a noisy and annoying desk fan or an eyesore window AC unit to move the  air.  The bladeless AM02 Tower Dyson Air Multiplier is  one of the coolest (in all senses of the word) new inventions that uses technology  similar to that in turbochargers and jet engines to induce and entrain  air.  The result is quiet, even airflow,  and a conversation piece.  Find a dealer  at Dyson.com.

By | 2011-07-20T11:41:04+00:00 July 20th, 2011|product reviews|0 Comments

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