When it heats up outside it can be easy to retreat inside and crank the A/C. However there are some other tips to help keep your home (and you) cool without the spike to your hydro bill. 

Keeping Your House Cool

Close the Blinds

Before heading out for the day close the blinds/curtains throughout the house. This will help block out the sun’s rays and prevent your home from heating up like a greenhouse. 

Close Your Windows

During the heat of the day keep the windows throughout your home closed. When the temperature goes down in the evening and into the night, open the windows to let the cool air in. 

Be Mindful of Your Interior Doors

If you have rooms of your home that don’t get used, consider closing the doors to stop the cool air from moving into those spaces during the daytime. When it cools down in the evening, keep the doors open to allow air to flow throughout the home. 

Switch Up Your Bedsheets

Remember to take those flannel sheets off the bed in the summer and replace them with cotton sheets instead. Cotton breathes easier and stays cooler. 

Adjust Your Ceiling Fan

Check your ceiling fan to make sure that it rotates counter-clockwise in the summer. Use it at a higher speed to create a breeze effect that will make you feel cooler.

Run the Fan on Your Furnace

Turn on the fan to your furnace manually to circulate the cool air from the basement throughout the rest of the house. 

Use a Dehumidifier

If you have a dehumidifier in your basement use it to remove excess moisture from the air in the basement and make it feel cooler. Some dehumidifiers can be set to automatically come on and turn off and can also be set up to drain into a laundry tub, for example, rather than be collected in the unit’s bucket. While dehumidifiers do consume hydro, they generally use less than the average air conditioner. 

Make Use of the BBQ

Using the stove or oven inside will make the house hotter. So fire up the BBQ, get grilling and keep the heat outdoors. 

Keeping You Cool

There are lots of activities in the area that will help you beat the heat.

Hit the Beach

Head to a local beach and take a dip in the water! Enjoy the sunshine while staying cool in the water. Click HERE for a list of beaches in the area. 

Drop by an Indoor Pool

There are lots of indoor pools in the region to take a dip in if beaches aren’t your thing. Click HERE for a list of indoor pools in the area.

Check Out Some Other Indoor Activities

There are lots of indoor activities in the area to try that will get you out of the heat. Activities range from indoor mini-put, bowling, museums, movies and many other indoor games. Click HERE for a list of indoor activities to try this summer. 

Skating

While traditionally a winter activity, the Allandale Recreation Centre offers public skates during the summer months. Click HERE for more information.