Thankfully, summer has arrived. We have had a very cold, wet spring here and I am so glad that summer and it's sun and heat are here. Now, I know there are people out there that aren't so happy with the heat, and maybe you can't afford or don't want air conditioning in your home. Here are some of the ways that we use in our home to keep it nice and cool without air conditioning -even when the humidex is reading 32 degrees C.
-first thing in the morning open all of the windows in the house full height
-all fans go on to high setting and are set in front of the window to draw in the morning cool air
-windows are then closed about after an hour or two (or when you leave for work) and fans stay on
-once the sun starts coming around to the side with the windows, blinds and curtains are closed to keep the sun out
-once the sun starts to go down, the windows are opened again and cool air comes in
-some days when it's really too hot and it's starting to get warm inside anyway, we set a bowl of ice in front of a fan and it blows the cool air from the melting ice around the house and it cools down
-cook outside on your bbq or place your slow cooker even outside, just don't use the appliances inside. Even the slow cooker puts off heat and can slowly warm the house up
-use the clothesline instead of the dryer (smells better and more environmentally friendly)
-keep lights off in the house, these carry small amounts of heat also and it will stay cooler when it's not bright
-put your feet in a pan, or a kiddie pool, of cool water. All of your blood goes through your feet in thirty minutes they say, and it will cool you down quickly.
What do you do to keep your house cool on a hot day?
Enjoy your day!