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June 24, 2021

4 Ways To Keep Cool During An Okanagan Heat Wave

This summer the Okanagan is expected to break records and that can truly make things uncomfortable; here are a few ways to keep cool when it's blistering outside.

1. Stay hydrated

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Hydration is the Number 1 priority in the summertime. We recomend consistently having a glass of water with ice prepared to drink from as you go. Looking for a little flavour in your water? Sea salt and lemon to boost electrolytes and flavour.

2. Cook outside

You can remove the warmth from your home by cooking outside this summer. If you dont already have a grill we recommend getting one and getting an amazing one at that. The Big Green Egg can cook almost anything. From Chicken Wings to Cinnamon Buns. You may be hot while you're outside on the barbecue or smoker, however, your home will remain cool.

3. Use fans

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A breeze can assist with bringing down the temperature in your home. A properly positioned bowl of ice is all you need to transform a fan into a low-cost air conditioner. Grab a shallow bowl or dish full of ice and place it directly in front of your fan for a frigid cool wind that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Also, be sure your ceiling fans are pushing air in the right direction. Set your ceiling fans to turn counter-clockwise in summer to push air straight down making a cooling impact and clockwise in winter to pull cool air up.

4. Limit lighting

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Stopping the heat from getting into your home can be difficult but it is the most effective way to keep your home cool. Outdoor window shades with blinds inside are what I find works the best. If you plan ahead for next year you can also plant trees that can shade your home in summer, yet let the sun radiate through in winter.

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