Surviving the heat in your apartment without air conditioning

As summer temperatures continue to soar, there are days when the scorching heat can be unbearable – especially if you don't have air conditioning in your apartment!

Although air conditioning is the most effective way to beat the heat, there are other ways to stay cool and comfortable. Read more for tips and tricks to help you cope with the heat when air conditioning isn’t an option.

1. Optimize your Environment​​​​​​​

Open windows on opposite sides of your living space to create a cross-breeze and promote natural ventilation. If you have window coverings like blinds, curtains or shades, keep them closed during the day to block out the sun’s heat.

2. Circulate the Air

If you have portable fans, you’re probably already using them. But did you know that placement matters? Strategically place your electric fans throughout your living space to circulate the air. You can also try a DIY approach and create a make-shift air conditioner. Position your fan near a bowl of ice or a frozen water bottle. As the air passes over the ice it will circulate cold air around the room. 

3. Experiment in the Kitchen

The kitchen is probably one of the last places you want to be when it’s too hot. The good news is there are alternative cooking methods to use on days when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. Appliances like slow-cookers or instant pots are ideal to use because they apply low heat, and not much heat escapes through their tight-fitting lids. The microwave is another option however it doesn’t work well for all types of foods.

Explore your inner chef and try some dishes that don’t require cooking. Raw veggies, charcuterie boards, dips with raw vegies, cottage cheese and fruit, sandwiches, seasonal salads (using all of the fresh, delicious seasonal vegetables) or even gazpacho are easy options to try. 

4. Choose Lightweight Fabrics

Stay cool and dry by wearing loose, breathing clothing made of lightweight fabrics such as cotton or linen. These types of fabrics promote ventilation and reduce sweating. If you need to leave your space to run errands, carry a portable water spray bottle or a misting fan to cool down while you’re out and about.

The fabric of your bedsheets also matter. Use lightweight, breathable cotton sheets and bedding to promote airflow and prevent overheating while you’re sleeping. You can also try cooling your bedsheets with some cool water and use it as a wrap or cover to reduce body temperature. Place a chilled gel pack or a hot water bottle filled with ice water near your feet or use a cooling pillow to help regulate body temperature.

5. Focus on Self-Care

Keep a cold pitcher of water nearby and drink it throughout the day to stay hydrated. Try adding some fresh lemons, cucumbers and some mint to elevate the flavor.  Limit coffee and alcohol to avoid dehydration.

Although having no air conditioning can be challenging, implementing these coping strategies can help you stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

Always remember to prioritize your health and well-being by staying hydrated, wearing breathable clothing, and seeking out cooler environments when needed.

Stay proactive and creative in your approach to beat the heat, and most importantly, keep an eye out for any signs of heat-related illnesses to ensure your safety.