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4 Ways to Keep Cool in the Summer


It’s another scorching hot day in Ottawa.

You’re walking home from another day of work, longing for that cool air conditioning. Instead, you walk into your house to find the temperature is as hot as outside.

Your air conditioner is broken.

It’s a struggle attempting to survive the hot summer without air conditioning. From gathering all the fans in your house to refreshing the weather channel.

Instead of simply surviving, implement these 4 ways to keep cool in the summer to beat the heat.

1. DIY Indoor Tricks

If you’re stuck at home all day with no AC, don’t move to the Arctic just yet. There are plenty of indoor tips and tricks to keep you cool all summer long.

Damp Sheet

It’s hard to sleep when you’re mind is on how hot it is in your room. One efficient way to keep cool during the night is by sleeping with a damp sheet.

You can either leave your sheets in the fridge or freezer for the day or damp them with cool water. Be sure to place towels under the sheets to protect your mattress from getting soaked.

Turning on a fan can augment the cool temperature in your bed.

Damp Curtains

One way to keep cool in the summer is by turning your curtains into a fan. Let me explain.

Spray your curtains with cold water and open your windows. The key is to allow the breeze to hit your curtains and transform the humid air into a cool breeze. You’re able to dampen any form of shades or curtains as long as it’s created from fabric.

It’s important to note your objective is for the water to evaporate or you’ll be left with a puddle by your window. If the breeze isn’t as effective, place a fan near the damp curtain.

DIY Air Conditioner

If creating your own paper fan hasn’t worked, we have an effective trick to create your own DIY air conditioner.

  1. Freeze water or place ice cubes in a metal bowl
  2. Collect a well-working fan
  3. Place metal bowl in front of the fan
  4. Enjoy the cool air

Feel the immediate impact. Your joy will rise and your body temperature will lower.

2. Get Out of the House

When you’re home feels like an oven, an easy solution is to change locations. Think about locations that carry air conditioning or implement some kind of cooling factor.

A few locations to chill at are:

  • Malls, museums, coffee shops, anywhere with indoor air conditioning
  • Beaches
  • Waterparks
  • Swimming pools
  • Shade under trees

3. What to Put in Your Body

What you put into your body plays a major factor in how you deal with hot air. Depending on what you’ve eaten or drink, it can increase the chances of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Foods to Avoid

There are plenty of foods that can raise body temperature and cause dehydration. When deciding what foods to eat during humid days, think about avoiding these factors:

  • Anything containing alcohol or caffeine
  • Products containing high amounts of sugar
  • Salty foods
  • Eating high amounts of protein

Drink up

Consume liquids that keep you hydrated and that are a good source of electrolytes.

The obvious two drinks are water or sports drinks. Keeping a bottle of water or sports drinks with you can help anticipate and stop dehydration or exhaustion.

Orange juice is another remedy for humid weather. A good source of Vitamin C and potassium, orange juice allows your body to adjust to humid weather at a more rapid rate.

Spicy & Hot Food

This sounds outrageous, right? Consuming something hot to feel cool? When you’re thinking of ways to keep cool in the summer, this is your last thought. It may sound like something out of a fairy tale but there’s science to prove it.

Gustatory sweating is caused by digesting products that are either hot in touch or spicy in taste.

When gustatory sweating occurs during hot weather, the heat evaporates the sweat and as a result, keeps you from overheating.

Whether it’s a hot beverage, soup or spicy food, you can expect to counter heat with heat.

4. Inspector Gadget

Whether it’s technology or home accessories, there is a wide range of gadgets and tools to fight off heat waves.

Here are a variety of tools that get the job done:

  • Dehumidifier
  • Umbrella, for the shade of course
  • Spray bottle
  • Portable fan
  • Body cooling gadgets

Get that Air Conditioner Fixed

So, now that you’ve temporarily controlled the cooling situation in your house, it’s time to get that air conditioner fixed.

There are plenty of ways to keep cool in the summer but your best option is your air conditioner.

At Ottawa Home Services, we provide efficient central AC installation and AC repair. Our team works hard to see our customers cool and comfortable.

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