Hot yet? You wouldn’t think it gets hot in Canada but some spots are really miserable. Hot and humid. Hot and miserable. Hot, hot, hot. In the Greater Vancouver area we’re going through a little heat wave right now. Temperatures in the low 30s, that’s Celsius. For the Fahrenheit people, make that the low 90s. Not everyone has air conditioning because there’s only a couple of months of the year when it would be needed. Plus electricity is so expensive, most people can’t afford to run air conditioners for lengthy periods. Here are my 14 tips to keep cool in hot weather.
- Create a cross breeze. Open up doors and windows. If you have insects, keep screens on them. I have Magic Mesh on my door. I put it around my door with sticky tape and Velcro (included). It also comes with thumb tacks for the times the Velcro and sticky tape combo don’t hold on to the doorway too well, and yes I’ve had to use those tacks! The center portion is held together with magnets. It’s easy for people and dogs to walk through, and then the magnets snap back together again. My dogs figured it out very quickly. I thought the Magic Mesh would only have a one season use, and that’s not bad for a $25 purchase (beats buying a new $200 screen door!), but this is the 3rd year and it’s still holding up. Disclosure: if you click the link below and purchase the Magic Mesh from Amazon, I’ll receive a small commission for the referral.
- Set up fans. Put a fan by the window if you like to help suck in fresh air. Some people put a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan to create an air conditioner like effect. I’ve tried it and didn’t notice a difference, but your fan might do the trick.
- Install ceiling fans. I’ve always been a ceiling fan person when it comes to light fixtures. Gives light and cools down the room. Very functional. Ceiling fans usually have 3 speeds. I keep it on top speed to help cool down the house, and for sleeping turn it to its lowest setting.
- Drink cold beverages.
Not a water person, but you get the importance of staying hydrated? Drink iced tea. I usually start my day with a bottle of water to rehydrate myself, but the rest of the day I switch to other beverages, mainly iced tea. I use a Mr. Coffee Iced tea maker. Check out my post on 7 ways to kick start iced tea. If you’re drinking sodas or beer, keep an eye on your consumption of calories. A friend of mine gained 17 pounds one hot summer day from drinking too much! Yikes! Excess water weight gain, it didn’t all stay on her for the long term, but that was pretty weird.
- Eat frozen grapes. It’s super easy to freeze grapes, and if you start noticing your grapes going a little soft – don’t waste them, freeze them! I rinse the grapes in water and let them sit in the colander for awhile to dry out. Then I put them into freezer bags. Pretty nice! So refreshing on a hot day.
- Eat popsicles. When I was a kid we made Kool Aid and poured them into popsicle molds. These days everyone has a boatload of ideas on healthy popsicles using Greek yogurt and fruit. I say if you’ve got a favorite beverage, pour it in a mold and freeze it. For suggestions, do a search for popsicle or paleta recipes. Check out 26 Paletas to Melt Over. If you’re interested in a popsicle mold like mine, I bought this at Amazon, and comes with 6 molds. The treats I made in the photo are lemonade with raspberries and lime-honey-water with grapes. Disclosure: if you click the link below and make a purchase from Amazon, I’ll receive a small commission for the referral.
- Eat ice cream. This also includes eating treats such as ice cream sandwiches. Yum! Splurge a little. It’s not going to always stay this hot.
- Go for a swim. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a pool, and certainly those of us who live in colder climates would find it expensive to have one built to use infrequently. Many cities have rec centers with pools. Is there a lake or ocean or another popular swimming area nearby? What about buying a kiddie pool?
- Run through a sprinkler. We all liked doing that as kids. It’s still fun running through a sprinkler as an adult!
- Head to the basement. If you have a basement, this is the place in the house where it’ll be the coolest because hot air rises. Upstairs can be 10 degrees or higher than the basement.
- Hit the shower. Having a nice cool shower can help beat the heat.
- Black out curtains. You can buy black out curtains that will also block out the hot sun during the summer months and help keep the warmth inside during the winter. Even if you don’t have curtains to block the heat, close your shades or blinds on the windows that face the sun during the day. The only curtains I open up during hot days are on the north side of my house.
- Soak your feet in cold water before going to bed. I sit on the edge of my bathtub for this, but a bucket can also do the trick. I use a pumice stone on my feet. After I dry them I put lotion on them. Do this when you’re sitting on bed. If you put lotion on your feet and then walk to your bedroom, you’ll be picking up lint and dirt from your floor!
- Keep your pajamas in the freezer. They won’t stay cold all night, but that initial coolness should help.
How do you stay cool on a hot day? Share your tips in the comments.