This week has been a scorcher where we live! Since we live in a climate that is cold most of the year, we don’t have air conditioning so for the few weeks a year when we get a heatwave, it’s pretty hot in here.
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Our kids have a hard time sleeping when it’s hot and they tend to get pretty grouchy during the daytime when they are overheated too.
Here are some tricks to help keep your house (and family) cool during those heat waves:
Keep the blinds and doors closed.
Sunshine may be good for many things, but keeping the house cool isn’t one of them! Keep the blinds drawn and the doors closed during the daylight hours when it’s hot outside. This will help keep the temperature of the house down.
Prepare your bed.
Use cotton sheets to create more breathability. Summer is not the time for flannel sheets! Another great trick is to put your pillow in a garbage bag and throw it in the freezer an hour or two before you head to bed. You of course will want to take it out of the garbage bag before you use it.
Use fans and ceiling fans.
In the hot summers, set your ceiling fans to counter-clockwise. Position house fans to create a cross breeze. There are many types of fans out there, floor fans (that can also be set on a table), the traditional pedestal fan, box fans, and those fancy new tower fans with remote controls. Any can help you create a cooler environment.
Great trick: You can set large pieces of ice (fill ice cream buckets with water and freeze) in a bowl in front of an oscillating fan to create a misting effect. Just point the fan towards the ice!
Even turning on the exhaust fan in your kitchen and bathrooms can help move hot air out of your house.
Maximize the cool night air.
In the evenings when things finally start to cool down, open your windows and get a good cross draft going (use fans to help you if you can). Cool your house down as much as you can at night and then in the daytime, keep the blinds drawn and keep the opening of the doors to a minimum to keep the hot air out.
Stay in the dark.
Incandescent lightbulbs give off heat, so keeping the lights out will help keep the house cool. Or switch out your light bulbs.
Drink plenty of water and be sure to get your kids to drink more water than usual too. Freezing water in popsicle container from the dollar store helps keep them cool and makes water more fun!
A trick to help your kids sleep.
Have your kids keep a spray bottle of water in their rooms. Misting their bare feet with water will help them sleep.
Put your slow cooker to work.
On hot days when you can’t turn your oven on, your crock pot becomes a necessity. I use mine year-round, but I use it even more during the summer months. It allows me to make supper (or lunch) without adding to the heat in the kitchen.
Some of our family’s favourite slow cooker recipes:
- Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup
- Crock Pot Pizza Casserole
- Better Than It Sounds Prune and Olive Chicken
- Vegetable Pesto Minestrone
- Sloppy Joes
- Chicken Dump Recipes
- 5 More Chicken Dump Recipes
- Crock Pot Tortellini Soup
- delay running dishwashers until evening
- hang bamboo shades outside some of your windows
- give your kids a water misting fan
- set up the sprinkled in the yard
- take a cool bath or shower
- spend time in the basement (if you have one)
- turn off computers and TVs (they give off heat)
- angle your blinds up
- drink hot drinks like tea and eat soup or spicy food as it will help your body work to cool you off
- be sure your home is well insulated
- plant trees near the house to create shade
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