Friday, 8 July 2011

Tips For Staying Cool in the Summer

Try keeping the house cool, Texas-style. Leave
windows open at night and in the early morning
shut them to trap the cool evening air. 
For most of us in Alberta, July is the hottest month of the year. The cool evenings that make Alberta summers tolerable in June and August are replaced with sweltering, sweat-inducing nights. During the day, temperatures can soar into the high 30s, making any task besides immersing oneself in a vat of iced tea near impossible. For those unlucky among us not to own an air conditioning unit, it's almost guaranteed that you'll melt into your furniture, never to be seen again. Thankfully, there are a few simple tricks that can make those excessively hot summer days bearable.

Air Conditioning
Okay, it's pretty obvious. An air conditioning unit will lower your home's temperature dramatically, even bringing you to the point of needing a sweater! Unfortunately, a central air conditioning unit can be expensive. Thankfully, there are plenty of affordable smaller air conditioning units that fit in the window sill or can stand in a corner. As the hands-down best way to beat the heat in summer, an air conditioning is your best bet if you've got a $100 or so bucks to play around with.

Texas Tip
Apparently Texans have developed a strategy for keeping the home cold without the use of air conditioning. In the evening, when the temperature is the coolest, keep the windows wide open and let as much air in the house as possible. In the early morning, when the sun is just about to rise, close all the windows, doors and blinds. Keep the inside of the house as dark as possible. With no light entering your home, and all your windows and doors sealed, you will keep all the cool air trapped in your home for a good portion of the day.

Invest in Blinds
Throughout the day, keeping your blinds partially closed will substantially decrease the amount of solar heat entering your home. Invest in a set of blinds that can be raised from the bottom up, so that you can block the bottom half of your window and leave the top open. This way you can let in some light while keeping privacy.

Break Out the Fan
Fans, while never given the same applause as air conditioners, are actually very effective and cheap to operate in a home. A ceiling or room fan can drop the perceived temperature substantially, making life bearable on those sweltering Alberta days and nights. What's more, they only cost a few cents an hour to operate, meaning they're considerably cheaper than air conditioner units.

By taking into consideration a few of these tips, you will never be forced to endure a summer sweat-fest in your home again. If you've got some coin to throw around, invest in an air conditioner unit; it's the best bet for keeping you cool on a hot summer's day. If money's an issue, try the Texan technique and purchase a fan keep the air cool and flowing. In any event, these tips will surely minimize the heat in your home and ensure that you don't miss another great summer day because you're too hot!

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