Hey, we’re all in this summer together. We can’t make the weather any better, but we can offer some of our favorite tips on how to make it through the summer in a happy and healthy way. How do you live well indoors during the summer?
1. Big Ass Fans
It really doesn’t get any more Texan than a big ass fan. With the Haiku model we offer in our store, you can keep mosquitos away, save money on your electricity bill, and enjoy a nice cool breeze (controlled by a remote control, no less).
Read a recent feature on them from Forbes here.
2. Trentino Gelato
We don’t blame you if you want to stay inside, but if you are going to leave the house, you might as well get some gelato, and why not get some from our local favorites Trentino? You can get their Local Chef series at most Houston-area Whole Foods locations.
3. Aquasana Water Filtration System
You’re probably having to shower at least 7 times a day, right? The only problem is that our tap water has a number of contaminants,specifically in Houston when in summer months our Municipal Utility District switches from Chlorine to Chloramine (a neuro-toxin introduced in WWI) to remove bacteria, but our Aquasana Water Filters can take those contaminants out of your shower water, and your drinking water so you are left with cool, refreshing, and chemical free water.
4. Organic Mattresses that sleep cool
Did you know that our natural latex mattressessleep cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses? Try it out for yourself and think how much better that would be than sweating a pool on your memory foam mattress every night.
5. Mam’s House of Ice
Another local favorite in the Heights, and even if you already got the ice cream we recommended, no one’s going to stop you from getting a sno-cone. It’s a mandatory summer protocol.
6. Austin Air Filters
We all know Houston is an engaging place that has a ton going for it. But let’s be honest, our air quality is not at the top of that list. We have a pretty simple fix there; Austin Air Filters are consistently rated one of the best air filtration units around. Whether you’re looking for asthma & allergy relief, or just healthier air, this will improve your time indoors.
7. NASA Approved Plants that improve air-quality
In the 1980’s NASA conducted a study to determine the effect on air quality that a number of houseplants had. Here’s a short list of some of the best at removing VOC’s from the air:
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures), English ivy (Hedera helix), Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium), Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), Mother-in-law’s tongueMother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’), Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii), Azalea (Rhododendron simsii), Red-edge dracaena (Dracaena marginata), Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum).
For more details, see the full list and linked study.
8. Soto Summer at the MFAH
We are lucky enough to have one of Soto’s last works on display at the MFAH, but it’s leaving us in September. Make sure to see it before it’s gone forever.
9. Juicy in the Sky
Our neighbors on 19th Street in the Heights make delicious and healthy drinks, perfect to cool you down.
10. Think about life before air conditioning
Our team likes revisiting this article every summer, just think how life would be without our beloved air conditioning!