Summers in Winnipeg can be so hot that you may be longing for winter. Apartments without air conditioning are notorious for becoming sweltering saunas. As a renter, you are limited by your lease in terms of how you can cool down your place. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the summer; help yourself enjoy this season by using these tricks to reduce the heat in your apartment:

  1. Purchase a dehumidifier. An air conditioner handles two tasks: it removes heat and moisture from the air. You can achieve one of these without AC, by buying a dehumidifier. These machines will do more than combat unpleasant temperatures – they’ll also reduce the possibility of mould and mildew since bacteria need moisture to thrive. Eliminate muggy, sticky air with one of these units to draw moisture out of your apartment.
  1. Drink lots of cold water. Do you know what isn’t cool? Heatstroke. Ward it off by ensuring that you maintain proper hydration. Water is essential to keep your body functioning properly – better yet, an ice cold glass of H20 will immediately cool you down. Aim to drink around eight cups of water per day. If you’re not a fan of how plain water tastes, you can try other cool, hydrating snacks, like popsicles or fresh fruit.
  1. Take a cold shower or ice bath. While you may lack an AC unit in your apartment, you will have access to cold water – fill a tub with the coolest water your taps will run, or stand beneath the shower faucet and let the icy droplets relieve your skin. If your head is hot, submerging it in cold water will drop your temperature fast. Try using a body wash with cooling essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or spearmint. Icy water will alleviate excess heat.
  1. Buy two fans to create a cross breeze. Fans are a good way to move stagnant air around – buying two will create a diverse airflow that pushes warm air out and keeps cool air in. You can place one fan in the window to remove hot air from your apartment. Fans don’t actually cool the air, but if you mist your face with cold water and then stand in front of the fan, it will mimic the effects of sweat. Try placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan so that it creates a cool breeze.
  1. Call a professional. If the heat is too much, you can call the Winnipeg AC & cooling experts. There are still options for affordable AC in a rented space, such as a window or portable unit. Provincial Heating and Cooling have experienced engineers that can assist you with the installation and maintenance of these systems. Keep your cool by calling a professional to handle the heat in your apartment. 

Recap:

Prepare your body and your apartment to manage the summer heat by using the above tricks to keep cool: drink lots of water, take a cold shower, and invest in fans and dehumidifiers. If need be, you can always call a professional to install an affordable AC option, like a window unit.