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Friday, June 22, 2012

Embrace those lazy, hazy days of Summer

We are in the midst of a heat-wave here in Southern Ontario.  Yes, I know that heat-wave might not be the proper name, by definition, for what is going on here.  So, let's just say it is down-right hot.

When heat like this strikes, it is important to make sure you have prevention in place, so not to suffer from a heat-stroke.  (I had heat-stroke last summer, and it was not fun.)  Finding a way to cool off your body is essential in this kind of heat. 

Most importantly, keep hydrated.  You may not realize how fluid deprived your body may be until it is too late.  Wear a wide brimmed sun hat to help keep those hot rays off of your head.  And, change your dog walking time to either early morning, or later in the evening - taking advantage of those longer hours of daylight.

Yet, what I really can't stand is when my home heats up.  What is one to do when summer heat settles in and your home doesn't have air conditioning?

A trick and tip which I learned from my grandmother is to keep your windows shut, as well as pulling your curtains on the sunny side of the house.  The simple act of drawing your curtains can lower the temperature in your home by up to five degrees.

In the evening, as the sun is setting, open up those curtains and windows and let the cooler air blow into your home, helping to drop the temperature overnight.  Finally, install a ceiling fan, to circulate the air around the room.  

I am not one to complain about summer heat, as all too soon cooler winds will prevail.   I will admit, though, to feeling uncomfortable and sometimes a tad cranky, when it gets too hot.  Yet, by employing a few of these tips to beat the summer heat, I find I can embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer!


Multi-Testing Mommy said...

i really would love ceiling fans in our house!

Insane Mamacita said...

Great tips! I close the curtains when it gets too hot as well as keep the windows open during the night. We don't have AC either (we have baseboard heat and apparently the wrong kind of windows for either a window AC and portable AC). So, we suffer through those hot days.

Mom vs. the boys said...

I know we are supposed to draw those shades, but Canadians see the sun so little lol I love a nice sunny day! we have central air but even before that I just couldn't bear to do it!

Annie Brown said...

I always close my curtains and blinds when the sun is on that side of the house. Works really great!

Mommy Moment said...

We have a ton of windows and NO curtains LOL...We have 17 windows on our 550 square foot main floor...I know it may not be good, but i love my central air and our home has many trees around it, so it almost feels like I am outside when I am indoors.

Colleen said...

Those are beautiful curtains! I'm a big fan of natural cooling tips like that. MacGyver's a big fan of A/C. But we live in the southern US, so pretty much everyone depends on A/C. I miss living in Ontario.

Ashley said...

We've mastered the curtain closing/window opening sequence in our home. I'm up at 5am everyday and open everything up. By the time the sun is up the house is almost cold and by bedtime it's still ok.

Tammy @ In R Dream said...

We too use some of those tips, A HUGE help in the summer heat! Thanks for sharing! @inRdream