Although Chicago frequently makes the news during winter for weather conditions such as blizzards and record cold temperatures, summers heat up nicely in the Windy City. Summer heat can be fatiguing, but fortunately, apartment residents in Chicago can keep indoor temperatures down using a variety of simple strategies. Following are five of them.
LIMIT USE OF THE OVEN AND STOVETOP TO EVENINGS
Baking or cooking on top of the stove can make indoor temperatures rise significantly. Eat cold sandwiches or heat up pre-made foods in the microwave during the middle of the day, and save cooking and baking chores for when things cool off at night. During heat waves that last several days or more, it might be best not to cook at all.
CLOSE THE BLINDS AND OPEN THE DOORS
Keeping your blinds closed during the day will keep out much of the heat generated by the summer sun. Pay particular attention to west and south facing windows. Keep interior doors between various rooms of your apartment open to facilitate optimal airflow throughout your living space. If you live in a floor where windows can safely be left open at night, be sure to do in order to let the cool air come inside. Close the windows tightly first thing in the morning to keep it in.
SWITCH YOUR SHEETS
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night because it’s simply too hot, try switching out your sheets for ones made with summer-weight fabrics. Light cotton or linen sheets feel much better when it is hot than their more substantial counterparts. Remove heavy quilts for the season and replace them with light coverings as well.
KEEP YOUR BODY COOL
Focus on keeping your body cool by sipping on iced drinks, and, if necessary, holding a cold, wet washrag against your forehead from time to time. Save exercise for the morning or evening hours.
RUN KITCHEN AND BATHROOM EXHAUST FANS
Running the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom draw hot air out of your home interior. They also remove any superfluous humidity that may be in your indoor atmosphere, and this will help it feel cooler.
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