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Is it just me or is it HOT in the Okanagan Valley! Just joking, but in all seriousness, summer is really here I have some tips to help you beat the heat in your house! 

 

Unplug the TV and close the laptop. 

Electrical appliances emit heat, so switch off everything you’re not using and make sure they’re unplugged at the wall too. TVs and computers are the worst offenders, so ensure they’re all closed down.

Even if an appliance is on standby it can still emit heat, so unplug everything you can at the wall, including phone chargers, and take the opportunity to give yourself a tech break.


Freeze your pillowcase.

This isnt as weird as you think! A cool pillow is a real luxury on a hot summer evening. Superchill yours by wrapping the pillowcase in plastic wrap and putting it in the freezer before bedtime, then popping it back on just before you turn in for the night.

Turn off the lights. 

All lights emit heat, some more than others. To avoid overheating a room in summer, make sure you keep all lights switched off whenever possible. installing energy-efficient lightbulbs or LED lights, reduce the amount of energy given off as heat.



Screen sun-facing windows. 

Make sure all sun-facing windows are screened during the day, with blinds or shutters tightly closed to filter out as much of the direct sunlight as possible. Installing screens on your windows is also a great added re-sale benefit! 

 

Deflect direct sunlight with a canopy. 

Another way to block the midday sun from streaming into your home and prevent a room from overheating is to place a canvas canopy or sail over any doors or windows that are in direct sunlight at the hottest part of the day. This also will create a shady outdoor spot to enjoy on a beautiful Okanagan day.

What kind of tricks are you doing to keep your house cool in the Okanagan Heat! Let me know on my facebook page! 
- Lorraine Penfound

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