How to keep your cool – literally!

With temperatures hitting 30 degrees recently, we thought the timing was good for some tips on how to stay cool in the summer heat.

There are some simple, cost-effective steps you can take to ensure you remain comfortably cool in your rental throughout the dog days of summer.

  1. Close the doors to rooms you’re not going to frequent throughout the day.  The smaller the area you have to cool, the faster your ceiling fan or floor fan can do its work.
  2. Keep the lights off during the day to prevent unnecessary heat from accumulating in your unit. While you’re at it, turn off appliances and electronics that you won’t be using anytime soon.
  3. Keep your blinds closed during the day.  The less sun you have beating into your suite, the cooler it will be.
  4. Another very simple trick for getting an air-conditioned feel to your rental apartment without incurring any cost is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan.
  5. Cooking on hot days can make your apartment feel unbearable. If you want to cook, you can still do so! Purchase a fan that sits in your window and can blow hot air out of the apartment. When you are finished cooking, you can reverse the fan so that it now blows cooler air into your home.
  6. Taking showers in cool/cold water is a great way to quickly cool down and reduce your hot water bill.

If the above suggestions still aren’t doing it for you, there is always the option of hanging out at an air conditioned mall, going to a movie or visiting the closest public pool.  Whatever you do, remember to keep your cool!