Whether you're an urban dweller dreading the seasonal summer air conditioning window unit installation or a homeowner who wants to keep her bills down (and the planet happy), one thing's for certain: Those first few hot summer days often mean sweaty, sleepless nights. On those first few balmy evenings, the heat and humidity seem to come out of the blue, disrupting your precious, hard-earned sleep.
At that point, it seems too early to use one of your few beloved windows to install a window air-conditioning unit or to switch on the central A/C full blast. I personally try to hold out as long as I can for Mother Earth (and yes, my wallet), but those first few evenings are unbearable after a cool spring.
So I did an experiment this year. The weather in New York has been downright wonky, swinging days with temperatures that vary by 20-degree increments. One day it's 90 and the next it's 60—and I know it's been similar in other parts of the country and world, too. In the same way you change out your winter wardrobe, change your summer bedroom with the following seven wellness tips: