We do not see this kind of heat very often in our Mountain Town of Canmore. Very rarely do we need an air conditioner and many homes are not equiped with one. If you are suffering from the heat here are a few tips to keep you cool.
10. Drink More Water
You know how important it is to stay hydrated all year round. When you’re sweating a lot, either because of exercise or the summer heat, drinking enough water becomes even more important. As the CDC suggests, think of your body like an air conditioner:
Whenever your body heats up from physical activity or the hot weather outside, your internal air conditioner turns on and you begin to sweat. And remember, now that your air conditioner is using its coolant (your sweat), it is important to refill the tank — by drinking lots of H2O.
As with other hydration myths, water isn’t your only option, but it’s free and easily accessible for most of us. Even if you have to trick yourself into drink more water and learn to love the taste of it, you’ll be much more comfortable if you keep refilling your water glass.
9. Keep Excessive Sweat at Bay
For many of us, sweat-inducing humidity is the worst part of summer. Even if you don’t have excessive sweat issues, you can get the sweating under control with a few tricks, like applying antiperspirant at night so it works more effectively and wearing breathable clothing materials, such as cotton.
8. Make a DIY Air Conditioner
Running the AC the entire summer gets expensive. You can make your own pseudo-air conditioner on the cheap with some basic materials, such as the styrofoam-and-fan version shown above. Don’t like the look of that? There are several other DIY cooling options to try.
7. Optimize Your Fans
Did you know that if you face your fan out, rather than in at night, your room will stay cooler and you might be able to sleep more comfortably? Day or night, you can use a temperature controller (or build one yourself) to automatically turn the fan on or off based on the temperature and save your energy—literally. If you have a ceiling fan, run it counter-clockwise (the “summer” higher-speed setting) for optimum cooling.
6. Keep Your Food Cool and Avoid Using the Oven
Summer might be a great time to eat outdoors, but some foods and drinks aren’t that enjoyable when heated by the sun. You can make a zeer pot (aka evaporative cooler) for your food and drinks with just two containers or create ice blocks for your cooler using old milk cartons. When it’s too hot to cook, consider making cold soups, relying on electrical appliances like the versatile rice cooker, or try these “no-cook” or “oven-free” recipe ideas.
5. Exercise Comfortably, Even in the Heat
Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. You can get used to exercising in the heat and use common sense strategies such as switching to water sports, avoiding the sun when it’s strongest, and exercising in short bursts. Precooling techniques can also prevent you from overheating when you work out in hot weather.
4. Optimize Your Windows
Pay a little more attention to your windows in the summer. Close the windows and use insulated drapes to keep the sun out during the day and open them at night when the sun is down. You can also hang a damp towel in front of the window to cool the air flowing into your home and open opposing windows or windows on the top and bottom floors for maximum air flow.
3. Cool Your Car Down Quickly
This Japanese trick will get your oven-like car closer to bearable temperature. Roll down one window and open and close the opposite door a few times to cool that car down.
2. Stay Cool While You Sleep
Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some shuteye, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you feel like an insomniac in summer, cool your head with a special pillow like the Chillow, sleep on top of a wet sheet (aka the “Egyptian method”), or try one of these other strategies in our cool sleeping guide or this infographic.
1. Know Your Body’s Best Cooling Points
Finally, if you’re stuck in the heat and can’t find get to a cooler place, know your body’s best cooling points, e.g., your wrist and neck. By applying a ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to these pulse points, you’ll cool down more quickly and effectively.
So, keep cool this summer!
How to Declutter Your Laundry Room
Everyone’s laundry room is different so our advice for decluttering your laundry room is less specific. Some people have their washing machine and dryer in an unfinished basement or a mudroom off of their garage, and a lucky few have their washer and dryer on the second story, closest to where all the clothes generally live. All of these different laundry room setups create many more possible scenarios for laundry room clutter, which makes it a little challenging to offer specific advice.
No matter what clutter plagues your laundry room and what other uses your laundry area has, follow these laundry room declutter guidelines:
• Get rid of what you don’t need in your laundry room.
• Organize what you keep with baskets, well-labeled bins and sturdy shelving.
• Keep clothes off the laundry room floor.
• Try storing detergent and fabric softener in glass jars or beverage dispensers to improve the aesthetic when this space is highly visible or in a high-traffic part of your home.
• And avoid storing items on top of the washing machine and dryer – remember the declutter mantra: “Keep flat surfaces clean."
If you have questions about how to better remove clutter from your laundry room, or a particular challenge in this space, drop us a note in the comments and we’ll help you out!
How to Declutter Your Living Room
Remove Clutter That Doesn’t Belong
A lot of things tend to end up in this frequently used space in your home. Start by removing any items that have lost their way and belong in another room. Look for toys that belong in your kids’ rooms, mail or magazines that belong in the office and glasses or dishware that may not have made it back to the kitchen yet.
Add More Storage
You may find yourself with an overabundance of blankets, toys, video games and more that DO belong in this space. Here are some simple storage solutions that will help you declutter your living room by finding a new home for the clutter.
Add baskets to hold frequently used toys and blankets.
• Add shelving for video games, DVDs and other media that is prone to sitting out in the open.
• Look for furniture/storage combos such as storage ottomans and trunks to store anything you don’t want out in the open. There are even some couches and loungers that double as storage.
• Add other furniture that doubles as storage space such as a credenza below the TV or a behind-the-couch chest.
It is possible you simply have too many things in your family room or living room, which is making it feel cluttered and overcrowded? Try pruning back the pillows, hanging pictures and adding floating shelves to the walls to remove pictures or collectables that are crowding your table tops.
Donate or Sell
Be sure to address your books, CDs, DVDs and other entertainment by donating or selling anything that is no longer a staple in your collection. If you can convert your music and movies to digital format, you can free up a lot of valuable real estate in your family room without having to part with something you would otherwise keep. Get rid of any broken or unused toys, tchotchkes, remote controls and anything else that has lost its usefulness.
Wrangle the Wires
A mess of wires from your entertainment center is an eyesore that adds visual clutter in your family room or living room. There are countless products these days to help you tie up and hide your cables, but here are a few other tips for cord management:
• Use cords and cables that aren’t excessively long – you don’t want to have to tie up 20 feet of coaxial cable!
• Choose furniture that will cover up the cords if you don’t want to go to the trouble of feeding them into the wall (though you may be surprised at how simple that can be in some cases).
• Store your mess of cords in a container that matches your room décor.
• You may also be able to conceal some cords around your room with an area rug. There’s no getting rid of the cords in most cases, so we’re OK with hiding them in clever ways!
After you finish decluttering your family room and/or living room, be sure to let us know how it feels to sit down in your new Zen den after a long day!
The Canmore market has seen a rise in inventory from the low of 134 total listings on the market in January to 189 in June which is a typical seasonal trend. Last year we saw the listing inventory rise from 122 in January to the peak listing inventory of 2017 in September which was 213. The 48 properties sold for May was above the 5 year monthly average of 40 properties sold per month and down slightly from year long high in April of 60. Seeing this, we are still lacking inventory, so if you were wondering when the right time to list your home would be, there is a very good chance that the time is now.
We did see increases in the number of sales in both apartment style condos and townhome style condos while we saw a large decrease in single family home sales month over month.
This may be due to the fact that our listing inventory of homes under $1,000,000 is less than 20 though several of them are now conditional sales with buyers who have something to sell which we will see the typical domino effect of one property selling and several then getting sold as they may be linked together.