NC) No matter how much we enjoy spending time outdoors during our short summers, we always want our homes to be comfortable spaces for living. But even with an air conditioner, this can be tricky during the hottest days of the year.
Use these tips from Health Canada to create a more pleasant indoor environment for your family and guests:
Simplify your cooking. When the weather is gorgeous out, who wants to be in the kitchen making big, time-consuming meals? Keep temperatures down by preparing meals that don’t need to be cooked in the oven.
Do It Yourself shade. If you live in a house, plant trees on the side where the sun hits the house during the hottest part of the day. Tree-shaded spots can be as much as 5ºC cooler than the surrounding area.
Work with your windows. Paying attention to what’s going on outside can make a big difference if you adjust your windows and coverings accordingly. Block the sun by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day. Harness the evening breeze by opening your windows at night, if it is safe, to let cooler air into your home.
Fine tune your air conditioning. If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly before the hot weather starts. Otherwise, find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours during very hot days. This will help you cope with the heat better.
Stay informed about local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.