Even though Canada has a reputation for cold weather, summers in Toronto are actually very hot and muggy. If you live in a home or apartment without air conditioning, it can be hard to keep yourself cool on those scorching hot days of July and August soon to come. After being packed onto subways and streetcars on your way home, you’re going to want to come back to a cold apartment to take away the summer heat. Here are a few unique ways that you can beat the heat in your Toronto condo this summer.
There’s nothing worse than being so uncomfortable in bed that you toss and turn in your own sweat all night. It might sound crazy, but the best way to beat the heat when you’re asleep is to freeze your sheets during the day. Make sure that your freezer is cleaned out and put the linens into the cold storage for a few hours before you hit the sack. When you put them on your bed, they should stay cool long enough for you to drift off into a deep sleep.
The best way to cool your body down and to forget that it’s the middle of the summer is to take advantage of cool showers and baths. Not only will this help to keep you cold, but it is also said to be great for your circulation and mental health. After taking a quick cold shower, you’ll feel much cooler for longer.
Summer isn’t the time to spend hours slaving over the stove or indulging in a hearty soup. Try to avoid eating hot foods as much as possible and stick to colder alternatives such as a salad or chopped vegetables. You should also start to stock your freezer with your favourite popsicles so you can have cold snacks to enjoy throughout the summer months.
When you get home, it’s always better to peel off the layers instead of cranking up the A/C (if you have it). Stick to tank tops and shorts or choose airy clothing that is made out of breathable materials. Cotton and silk are two great materials to wear. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics. You can also find athletic clothing that is designed to wick moisture off of your body and keep you cool.
Stay cool this summer!