It has certainly been a hot summer so far this year, especially in London, Ontario. We are in the grip of yet another heat alert and temperatures don’t look like they will be dropping much any time soon. So how do you beat the heat when the thermometer keeps on going up? Whatever you do, better keep it up, as The Weather Network suggests that highs will remain at least around the 30C mark for the next little while.

 

Ways to Beat the Heat

  • Keep Hydrated People!

    Lower the blinds of your home during the day to keep out the sun’s rays. You will be doing your air conditioner a favour, by not making it work so hard. Don’t forget to keep all windows and doors closed while that a/c is cranking away.

  • Keep hydrated! Make sure to drink lots of water and other beverages to prevent dehydration and/or heat stroke.
  • Avoid being out in the heat during the hottest part of the day (10am-4pm). If you have to be out there, don’t forget your sunscreen, a hat or even an umbrella to keep those punishing rays off you.
  • Visit one of London, Ontario’s many splash pads to keep cool

    If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, take advantage of the City of London’s facilities to help beat the heat. Visit a spray pad, outdoor pool, library, or community centre and take advantage of their cool spaces.

  • If you do have air conditioning, make the most of it and turn it on! Remember to turn it down during the day when no one is at home. A programmable thermostat is the best way to set it and forget it!
  • If an old-fashioned window shaker or fan is the best you’ve got, don’t knock it. Make sure your fan is oscillating to keep the air circulating around the room, and pull your chair a little closer to the a/c unit in the window.
  • Run major appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer in the evening after the temperature drops. Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to counteract the other appliances effects.
  • Time to fire up the grille!

    Forget the oven, think cold dinners or the barbeque! Turning on the oven just heats up the house. When the temperatures inside and out are out of control, give yourself a break by taking the heat outdoors. Most appetites decrease anyway in this heat, so think a nice crisp salad instead!
  • Even if you have central air, turning on overhead fans to help keep your home more comfortable. This will also help reduce energy bills that are increased with the a/c running 24/7. Make sure to have your air conditioner serviced to ensure that it is running at its peak.
  • Change air filters on your furnace to help it run more efficiently. You can also install weather-stripping around windows and doors to decrease air flow. You’ve worked so hard to keep your home cool. Make sure it stays that way, by keeping the heat out!
  • If all else fails, a cool wash cloth, a bucket of ice or retreating to the basement are all ways to beat the heat during the worst of the days heat.

 

How do you keep cool during heat waves? Share your ideas on how to beat the heat this summer! 

 

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