We have been experiencing a heat wave for the past couple of days (with humidity it felt like 41 Celsius – 105.6 F – in MAY in ONTARIO!). Our new (old) house does not have central air conditioning so we were feeling very anxious about just how hot the house would get. Surprisingly it is not too bad. This is due in large part to the fact that we use our ceiling fans and more importantly that we lower all the blinds during the day so the hot sun stays out. That is one thing that came with the house that we are quite pleased with: blinds on almost every window. Closing the blinds reduces the need to run air conditioners or even fans which in turn means you are using less electricity and can save a few bucks on your bill over the summer months. If you don’t have blinds, putting any kind of material on the window to keep out the sun will help. Towels, sheets and sarongs work well.
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