During the summer months, the sweltering heat and oppressive humidity in Winnipeg can form an overwhelming combination. Staying cool in the hot weather is important to your health and well-being, so here are five ways to keep the summer heat at bay.
- Keep Your Body Cool: The most obvious solution to warding off the summer heat is to lower the temperature of your body. First and foremost, stay hydrated with plenty of cool water and other chilled drinks. Another great idea is to run a cloth under cold water or store it in the fridge for a while, then apply to your neck and wrists where your pulse runs strongest. If you want to relax while cooling off, you can sit on the couch or in bed and dip your feet in a bowl of icy water.
- Cotton is Your Best Friend : Although flannel sheets are great for staying warm in the winter, ditch them in favour of lightweight cotton bedding once summer arrives. The same goes for your clothing, including pajamas. Wearing loose-fitting cotton increases breath-ability, ventilation, and airflow.
- Chill Your Sheets : For an even more refreshing sleep, slip your sheet into a plastic bag and place it in the freezer, then take it out for use just before bedtime.
- Move Downstairs : Since hot air rises, spend as much time as possible on the ground floor of your home or in the basement. This also applies to your sleeping arrangements. If you have the space and are able to, abandon that upstairs bedroom for the summer.
- If You Can’t Take the Heat : Stay out of the kitchen, or at least avoid turning on your stove or your oven during the warmest parts of the summer. Take the opportunity to head outside and fire up the barbecue when it is time to eat. It is also good to invest in some fresh fruits, vegetables and cold cuts for the days when it is too hot to cook indoors.
While there are a variety of ways to keep the heat at bay naturally, nothing is quite as refreshing as the crisp, cool feeling provided by a brand-new air conditioning unit. If you are ready to take the plunge this summer, give Weather Tech Heating & Cooling a call and ask about air conditioning installation services.
Steve De Vries is a “Red Seal” refrigeration technician with over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. He has been a certified Lennox Premier technician since 2006. Steve is also a Master gas-fitter licensed by the province of Manitoba. Along with his Red Seal Provincial accreditation he also holds an electrical license. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba, Steve has a very good understanding of a diverse climate and the affects it has on our construction. Well versed in duct design, fabrication, ventilation, and air quality, Steve understands all the variables to take into consideration for our region as well as the science to achieve desired comfort, which is so much more than just temperature.