Las Vegas has been, for a long time, a hotspot for fun, nightlife, and large crowds. However, with the recent advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has experienced a seismic shift. People from all over the world have been advised to stay at home as much as possible. Now, residents are confined in their homes and no longer able to experience usual summer pastimes in the same way.
Though the summer heat may not be doing us any favors, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways we can stay cool. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Run Repairs and Maintenance for your HVAC System
An HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and air filtration system is an essential tool for keeping your home cool. This is the system that provides the cool air for your home. Running properly, it helps not only with temperature regulation, but also with humidity and air quality to make your time indoors comfortable.
Because of this, HVAC systems should be regularly maintained to ensure optimal performance. Check and ensure that your system is still blowing cold air. The thermostat should also consistently read the correct temperature. If you haven’t replaced any filters in a few months, now is a great time to do so.
If your HVAC system is more than 10-years old, you should consider having a professional perform maintenance on it, or replacing it. Heating & cooling are often typically the single largest energy use in most homes, and a more efficient unit can cut the cost of operation by up to 40%. It’ll also be more efficient in cooling down your entire home while not bringing in dust and germs.
Don’t Count Swimming Out
Although we likely won’t see tourists packed in the casino pools for a while, that doesn’t mean that swimming can’t still be enjoyed while maintaining social distance. While some public facilities are still closed, many are beginning to re-open with reduced capacity, so you can swim while observing social distancing guidelines.
Furthermore, if you’re fortunate enough to have access to a private pool, swimming can make for a great regular passtime. This is especially beneficial since most pools are outdoors, reducing the odds of spreading covid-19.
Alternatively, you can opt to invest in an inflatable swimming pool. There are many varying options in size to pick from for you and your family to enjoy in your backyard.
Make Ice Cream
For people with a sweet tooth looking to cool down, an ice cream is a great option. Not only will it help you fight the heat, for many of us it’s a pleasant reminder of childhood.
As a way to stay entertained, how about you make some yourself? There are countless tutorials and videos online that will guide you in the process of making your own ice cream at home. Many require no special equipment at all.
This is also a great way to learn a new skill and cultivate a hobby. Also, it’s far more rewarding to enjoy a delicious treat that you’ve made yourself.
Clean Your Space
Before the pandemic, most of us had probably reserved cleaning activities for the weekend and the occasional impassioned deep clean when you just can’t take the state of your home any longer. Instead, now is the perfect time to clean your place without worrying about work.
There are many tips online on how you can sanitize your house, car, phone, and even the air conditioner. Many people tend to forget their gadgets when cleaning. However, you should know that if not cleaned, they are capable of carrying a lot of bacteria and can cause you stress, which adds to the heath you’ll experience.
Furthermore, you may explore how to establish a better cleaning routine during these times, which can help you to maintain a more cleanly home when we return to normal. Could you place dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink, or wipe down the counters even while cooking?
If not careful, it’s easy to let the instability of the current situation cause your mind to become frantic – making you stressed and unable to focus or enjoy the little things. Meditation is a great way to silence your mind and be less reactive to what is happening around us.
More and more people are beginning to search for online information to help them meditate, and finding more resources than ever before. These days, there are even meditation apps available, which make it easy to get started as a beginner.
To stay cool while meditating, you can turn on your A/C if indoors, or find a shady spot in the early morning or late evening to meditate outdoors.
Even if you think meditation is not for you, we encourage you to give it a try. It’s recommended by many business leaders, athletes and more as a means to enhance focus, mental clarity, help you embrace & work through intense emotions, and manage stressors.
Being in Las Vegas during this time might feel a bit weird. The tourists are gone (for the most part), and there’s less fun to be had than usual. However, that’s no reason to stay bored and inactive.
Some of the activities that will keep you cool include swimming, making homemade ice cream, and maintaining or repairing your HVAC system. You can also clean your home to make the entire space more serene. No matter what you do, be sure to stay safe and keep busy!