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July 8, 2015

10 super ways to keep cool this summer

Don't overheat this summer, invest in these cool ways to keep your temperature down.

By James Nunns

Summer is here – no really it is, just don’t look outside. While it may not feel hot all the time, those days that the sun does put its hat on can be extremely hot and we need to find ways to stay cool.

If you don’t want to resort to putting your pillows in the fridge to stay cool like I did, then maybe have a look at these top 10 techie ways to stay cool.

1. Cooling mattress

Is your bed too hot? Well this cooling and heating mattress pad might be for you. Simply put it on your bed and regulate the temperature with a remote control with the ChiliPad.

The mattress pad uses medical grade silicon to circulate water through the pad with the help of a reasonably small external unit.

The water regulates the surface temperature with a solution and you can even set different temperatures for different sides of the bed.
It will set you back a bit though, with an XL Twin coming in at $550 and a California King will set you back $1,099.

2. Office Chair

Offices get hot and sticky, especially if you don’t have AC, so if you don’t want to show up to your next meeting looking like you’ve run a marathon then get the Tempronics office chair.

The chair can both cool and heat you with little heat pumps that are place throughout the chair in the cushions.

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Using 80 watts means that it is relatively cost efficient compared to an air conditioner which would use up to 1800 watts.
On the downside, they are hard to get hold of, with it only being sold in some cities around the U.S. and it will set you back around $1000.

3. Fan

Utilising air multiplier technology it draws in surrounding air and amplifies it. This means it can provide both directional heat and cooling around your room.

The device can oscillate and is a lot quieter than a traditional fan so you could even run it at night without it keeping you awake.

For the AM05 model you will be faced with a £359 dip into the pocket.

4. Pet care

Your pets get hot too, so remember not to leave them in your cars! But when they are at home they’ll still get hot, so maybe treat your pooch to their very own air conditioner.

This small unit can be attached to your pets dog house and can provide both heating and cooling, so it’s not just for summer.

Can you put a price on the happiness of your best friend Fido? Is it $500? Because that’s how much this will cost you.

5. Misting fan

You’re outside but you still want to be cool, so treat yourself to the Auramist Milo. The fan can cool down surrounding areas by 30F by spraying a fine mist of water around.

The fan is rust resistant and is said to break down water to a microscopic level before it distributes it.

It will set you back a bit though as it comes in at £199, but that is down from £249 – bargain.

6. Air Con

If none of these are good enough for you, then perhaps a portable air conditioner will meet your needs.

The Amcor 18000 BTU Inverter can provide air conditioning for rooms up to 45 square metres. The drawback is that the unit can be quite noisy, but at least you are cool.

You also shouldn’t expect much change out of £600 but at least you will be nice and cool.

7. Breeze Pen

Some of this tech might be on the extreme side when it comes to cost and value for money, seeing as we get two hot days a year. So for a simpler and cheaper option try the Breezepen.

It is simply a pen, with a fan on it. A little battery powered fan sits on the end of your pen and helps to keep you cool.

Don’t worry about injuries, it is designed to be finger safe and you can even get a 3-year warranty for it.

Get one now for only £13.

8. Ice cream

Sometimes you just need an ice cream to cool down, or perhaps a sorbet. The Magimix 2200 Gelato Chef can give you 1.5 litres of the stuff in under 30 minutes.

It has its own little built in freezer so that it can gently churn and freeze at the same time.

You can get it now and start making some delicious and cooling treats in no time for just £194.99.

9. Mini Fridge

We all like a cool drink in the summer, but this isn’t always an available option. But say goodbye to those warm soft drinks and say hello to your own personal mini fridge.

You can put it on your desk and plug it into a USB port so that you can keep your drink nice and cool.

Available now for just £13.90.

10. Air conditioned shoes

The cool breeze air conditioned shoes might not be to everyone’s taste but if you get hot feet and don’t want them getting sweaty and smelly then these could be for you.

Developed by the Japanese company Hydro-Tech, these shoes are meant to keep your feet refreshed and clean.

It’s not obvious that you are wearing these special shoes either, the little vents and fans are on the soles, but maybe be extra careful where you walk.

If you can track them down then they should only set you back around £80.

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