Hot gadgets to cool you down

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hot gadgets to cool you downWe're coming off one of the hottest months on record (the second hottest July, globally). And while August isn't likely to rival July, long range forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center are expecting a warmer-than-average month.

Stay cool with these hot gadgets:

Portable outdoor misting system
This keepin' cool portable outdoor misting system -- to cool your deck, patio, etc.-- provides 10 feet of ultra-fine mist that evaporates and and lowers the temperature around you by up to 30 degrees (That'll make a big difference on a hot day!). It's lightweight, portable, and the installation is easy -- just attach it to a garden hose. Plus, at $20, it's affordable. www.costco.com

Bedfan
Your own personal cooling system! Unlike floor and ceiling fans, which typically cool the air above and around the bed, the bed fan (which attaches to the foot of the bed), removes the heat generated by your body and cools between the sheets. It's easy to install, and is hardly visible once in place. Adjust the fan to whatever speed you like. You'll not only sleep comfortably, but you'll save on energy costs, too, by 4%-8%. $75; www.cpap.com

Universal cooler pad
Did you know that on hot summer days the interior car temp can reach in excess of 185 degrees Fahrenheit? These insulated, versatile pads cool your seats down by about 80%. Just put the reusable ice packs (included) in the lined pockets, place the pad on your seat about 15 minutes prior to departure, and voila! -- you'll stay cool for about 10 hours. For adults, kids, pets. Can even be used as a tote for perishable food. $50; www.babybeecool.com

USB beverage cooler

The must-have computer accessory: the one-can refrigerator for your desk! Just plug the cooler into your USB port on your desktop, or your laptop, and have a Coke ... and a smile. $20; www.thinkgeek.com

Arctic ties & cooling caps

Both products contain hidden gel cooling crystals that expand -- and activate -- when you soak them in cold water for about 25 minutes. Practical, stylish, and so much more effective than a wet towel (which just gets warm and dries out!), wear them at the beach, the gym, while out mowing the lawn, gardening, etc. You'll stay cool for hours. Reusable hundreds of times. Wash by hand. 2-pack bandanas: $20; cap: $15. www.mistymate.com
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