Welcome to The Cool Down, Hunker's definitive guide for staying cool, calm, and collected all summer long. Whether you want to soak in a pool all day or camp out in front of an A/C, here are our favorite ways to chill out when it's hot out.

Pottery Barn Sunbrella Outdoor Umbrella
8 Alternatives to a Traditional Pool to Keep You Cool
Design
Layla copper cooling mattress topper
The Top-Rated Cooling Mattress Pads That Are Way Cheaper Than Buying a New Mattress
Design
Honeywell Duval 52-Inch Tropical Fan
The Best Outdoor Fans to Add to Your Balcony, Patio, or Backyard ASAP
Design
Awesome water view with hot tub in summer evening.
How to Convert a Hot Tub to a Cool Plunge
Home Hacks & Answers
A Nest thermostat on a white wall.
How to Use Your A/C More Efficiently —11 Tips for Staying Cool
Home Hacks & Answers
An in-ground swimming pool in a natural backyard setting
7 Things to Consider Before Installing a Pool This Summer
Home Hacks & Answers
a living room is dominated by two gray upholstered chairs, a colorful pastel rug, and a leather sectional couch
How to Install a Window Air Conditioning Unit
Home Hacks & Answers
uncommon goods Just Ripe Fruit Bowl
How to Preserve Fruits and Veggies When It's Hot Outside
Design
nursery with blackout shade
Do Blackout Curtains Actually Keep Our Homes Cool?
Design
Amazon Basics Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
The Best A/C Units to Buy on Amazon
Design
Popsicle mold
20 Hot Weather Home Accessories to Keep You Cool All Summer Long
Design
Evapolar EvaChill Portable Evaporative Personal Air Cooler
The 7 Best Portable Air Conditioners and Coolers That Don’t Need a Window or Vent
Design
ways to keep pet cool dog cooling pad
7 Ways to Keep Your Pet Cool and Hydrated All Summer, According to a Vet
Design
An air conditioner, which costs about $4,000 – $15,000 to install
Here’s the True Cost of Adding Central Air
Home Hacks & Answers
Blue Jean Chef Sesame Chicken Tortellini Salad
7 Cold Pasta Recipes You Can Enjoy All Summer Long
Design
An outdoor shower by a white wall surrounded by ivy
How To Build an Outdoor Shower: A DIY Guide
Home Hacks & Answers
boba ice pops on white plate
Hunker Recipe: Boba Ice Pops, a Cult-Favorite Costco Product
Design
Host the Toast Color-Changing Slushy Margarita
The 10 Best Frozen Drinks to Keep You Chill All Summer
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Fan in kitchen
15 Amazon Products Under $50 to Keep You Cool During the Worst of Summer
Design
Coolaroo 13' x 7' Rectangle Shade Sail
The 8 Best Hot Weather Products at Costco
Design
Blade LED Standard Ceiling Fan with Fan Control Parts and Light Kit
6 TikTok Cooling Hacks That Will Help You Conquer the Summer Heat
Design
my sheets rocks cooling sheets
My Search Is Over — These Are the Coolest Sheets Ever
Design
Small oscillating fan on rattan side table
Before You Use an Oscillating Fan, You Need to Do This
Design
Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad by The Modern Proper
11 No-Cook Summer Recipes That Will Save You From Sweating Over a Hot Stove
Design
walmart GE A/C in bedroom
I Caved and Bought a Window A/C Unit, and Here Are My Thoughts
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colorful room with blue ceiling and house plants
11 Cheap and Easy Ways to Cool Your Home Without A/C
Design
Aloe vera plant
6 Houseplants That’ll Cool Your Home Naturally
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Mattress on wooden bedframe
The Best Cooling Mattresses to Help You Sleep During the Heat
Design
windmill air conditioner
Stay Cool With These Stylish Fans and Air Conditioning Units
Design
Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask, $38
10 Cooling Beauty and Bath Products to Help You Chill Out
Design
Peach sheets
The Best Cooling Sheets for Hot Nights
Design
A light wood desk with a computer and containers. A bookcase is beside. A window view overlooking hills and neighboring homes.
Miss Corporate A/C? These 10 Desk Accessories Will Keep You Cool All Summer
Design
Green and gold portable bucket air conditioner on an end table next to a couch
DIY Portable Bucket Air Conditioner
DIY
sand pool in front of a house
Sand Pools Are the Next Backyard Trend — But What Are They, Exactly?
News
lunya cool pajamas
7 Heat-Regulating Pajamas That'll Help You Sleep Cooler and More Comfortably
Design
Breville No Mess Classic Waffle Maker kitchen appliance for summer
8 Kitchen Appliances That Will Make Summer Cooking a Less Sweaty Affair
Design
Gray sofa with dog and pillows and wood mid-century walls
6 Pet Cooling Products for Your Furry Companion
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Buffy Breeze Comforter (Queen), $210
I Don't Have Air Conditioning, So I Put 10 "Cooling" Products to the Test
Design
whynter portable ac unit
The Top-Rated Portable AC Units to Buy for Summer
Home Hacks & Answers
decorist forbes + masters
5 Items That Will Instantly Cool You Down, According to This Designer Duo
Design
Green PVC pipe water mister over an inflatable pool next to lounge chair and fringe patio umbrella
DIY Easy Outdoor Mister to Keep You Cool
DIY
Fun ice trays
15 Ice Trays That Are Anything But Boring
Design
mylle inflatable pools
13 Inflatable Pools That Are Still in Stock Online
Design
MoMA Dip Ice Cream Scoop
10 Ice Cream Makers and Accessories That Will Take Dessert to the Next Level
Design
Esty indoor hammock
These Indoor Hammocks From Etsy Will Make Your Summer Infinitely More Fun
Design