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Affordable Ways to Keep Cool

Another summer, another few weeks of heat waves. That seems to be the case here in Toronto, and, judging by social media, for much of North America. While many houses have central air conditioning, my home does not. We have portable air conditioners that we have stationed throughout the house to help keep us cool during the especially brutal days.

While those do a good job of keeping spaces throughout the house cool, we sadly still find ourselves melting in the heat. The good news? There are other (and cheaper) ways of keeping yourself cooled down during these hot months.

Keep Hydrated

I can't stress this enough! I really do my best to drink as much water as possible during heat waves while being safe and careful not to over-hydrate myself because yes, that is a thing. I can really tell when I haven't had enough to drink because I will find myself with a brutal headache and sometimes nausea. The more water I drink, the better I feel.

Take a Cold Shower

Taking a nice cold shower is probably the easiest and quickest way to cool down outside from drinking as much water as possible. There are days where I'll just hop into my shower for a quick 5-minute cooldown. It sucks initially, but once I feel my body temperature returning to a comfortable level, I feel better and like the initial cold was all worth it.

Go Swimming!

City-run pools are a great resource for keeping cool. If you aren't lucky enough to have your own pool, you can find your nearest neighbourhood public pool to jump into. Much of the time, the cost to get in isn't more than $10 per person (and that's an extreme case). Whether it is raining or bright and sunny, you can find an indoor or outdoor pool to cool down your body in.

Run Through the Sprinklers aka Throwback to Childhood

I don't know about you all, but I was often sad that I did not have a pool in my backyard which I could jump into whenever the weather got too hot to handle. The next best thing was my folks setting up our sprinkler for me and my brother to run through.

Head to the Mall

Malls are often a godsend because they are all air-conditioned. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, you can spend hours walking around a mall cooling down your body. Most malls are open until 9 pm on weekdays, giving you plenty of time to make your way to your local spot.

Other Public Areas e.g. libraries, cooling centres

In Toronto, we have cooling centres designated to have people of all walks of life come and enjoy a cooler environment, especially when there is a special weather statement out for a heatwave. Check your local city or town's website to see if there are cooling centres near you so you can find a nice space to beat the heat.

How do you like to keep cool on a hot day?

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