And there is hope with some high-tech options.
"Early Show" contributor and CNET-TV senior editor Natali Del Conte stopped by "The Early Show" Monday, with the latest and greatest gadgets to make sure that your summer isn't sweltering.
Check out some of Del Conte's suggestions:
RC Cooler Remote Controlled Motorized Drink Cooler by Interactive Toy Concepts
Deliver ice-cold drinks to your friends by remote control with the RC Cooler by Interactive Toy Concepts Ltd.
-Holds up to 12 drinks in ice
-Insulated with zippered lid to keep drinks cold
-Dual metal clasps to expand cooler or close clasps for collapsed storage.
-Removable shoulder strap for carrying to parties
-Full function remote control (forward, back, left, right)
-Great for use indoors our outdoors
-Completely collapses for easy storage
-RC frequency: 27MHz or 49MHz (shipped at random)
-Requires 1 9V battery and 6 C batteries (sold separately)
PRICE/AVAILABLE: $69.99; available at: barproducts.com; Dragonfly; Finger Hut; Firebox.com; First Class Book Store, Future Shop, Hammacher Schlemmer, Head Start International, The Source by Circuit City - Cdn, Truserv
Sunpentown Portable Air Conditioner with UV Light
Stay cool and breathe fresher air with a Sunpentown portable air conditioner WA-1310E unit, which effectively improves air circulation in poorly ventilated spaces.
-Air conditioner ideally cools an area up to 420 square feet.
-Uses new UL-required LCDI (Leakage-Current Detection and Interruption) plug.
-Technology of UV Germicidal lighting (UV-C) effectively inactivates microorganisms
-UV Germicidal light has proven effective in a growing number of applications where control of microorganisms is important
-Exhaust hose installation required
-Fire-resistant PVC plastic housing
-Removes moisture (dehumidifier functions automatically in AC mode)
-Dual-activated carbon filter removes odor
-Dual washable air filter collects dust particles
-Extendable exhaust hose (up to 5 feet)
-Built-in water tank or extended water tube for continuous drainage
PRICE/AVAILABLE: $582 Overstock.com
La Cross Technology Weather Direct Weather Forecaster
Weather Direct by La Crosse Technology gives you easy access to the same quality weather as meteorologists, 24 hours a day, without turning on a TV or a computer. It works without Wi-Fi, there is no software to install, and the forecasts are totally free. No subscription required.
-High-speed Internet is required.
-Choose the forecast information that you want from a list of over 60,000 locations in the United States and Canada including your hometown, golf courses, parks, sports venues and more.
Iceless Wine Chiller
An electronic wine chiller is a must-have for wine enthusiasts. Using advanced Peltier thermoelectric technology, the tabletop wine chiller cools or warms wine to the optimal temperature to bring out the best possible palette, bouquet, and wine-drinking experience.
- Electronic wine chiller cools or warms 40 types of red, white, champagne and sake
- Backlit LED screen displays current and target serving temperatures
- Patented quick chill feature brings your wine to the ideal temperature fast
- Count-down timer lets you know when your wine will be ready
- Screen color and audible tone let you know when your wine has reached its ideal drinking temperature
- Aluminum reservoir accommodates most wine and champagne bottle sizes
- Converts from Fahrenheit to Celsius
PRICE/AVAIL: $100. Available through Brookstone
Koldfront Portable Ice Maker
This countertop ice maker pumps out up to 28 pounds of ice per day and stores about two pounds at a time in its insulated storage bin. Plus, the attractive white finish looks great almost anywhere. Just plug this compact ice maker in, fill its internal water reservoir (capacity is about a gallon), and turn it on -- you'll have cool, fresh ice in less than 10 minutes. Additionally, this ice maker is truly portable -- you can plug it in anywhere to a standard 110V outlet, fill it with water and get ice. No permanent installation is required. The unit can fit on a countertop, wet bar, RV. Note: As mentioned above, this ice maker is not a freezer. The ice stored in the insulated storage bin melts, and is steadily recycled into more fresh ice.
PRICE/AVAILABLE: $119. Available through Amazon.com
Hamilton Beach 68050 Ice Treats Ice Shaver
-Make your favorite icy treats in minutes
-Add ice cubes from your freezer
-Shave ice into your own dish or use included mixing bowl
-Fun recipes included
-All removable parts are dishwasher safe
PRICE/AVAILABLE: $30 at Target, $40-50 on various online vendors