You Ask, I Answer - Part Eight - It's Hot Out

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How on earth are you surviving this Ontario heat wave without air conditioning?! I've been a reader for years and I'm almost positive I've figured out that you live somewhere in Northern Ontario!
Let's pretend it hasn't been exactly a year since I started these question and answer posts, m'kay!?! So about a year ago we did indeed have a crazy heat wave and as luck would have it we are sitting right in the middle of another one. The temperature in my living room as I am typing this is a comfortable (um, not really) 84 degrees, 95 with the current humidity.
How are we surviving? Barely. We are melting! I will absolutely not complain since I love summer, sunshine, swimming, popsicles, and the smell of suntan lotion. However with no air conditioning, two measly fans, and a lack of air circulation in the house, it's kinda sticky. It reminds me of that time we took a trip to Mexico in August (that was insane).
Since I'm totally not complaining about the heat, I will complain about the window situation in our house thanks to the previous owners. In the front portion of our home that includes the living room, dining room, sun room, and front entry there are ten windows. Wanna take a guess at how many actually open?
Two. TWO. TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
I guess they tried to save money when replacing all the windows. Needless to say the air in here gets pretty stale and stifling with no cross-breeze. We can open one window at the back of the dining room and one in the corner of the sunroom. Neither of the living room windows open. Boooooo.
So yeah, it's getting hot in here (Hi Nelly).
The only thing that makes me feel better about the whole thing right now is that one of our tiny fans is adorable. It was one of those great Homesense finds. :)
P.S. I think I only have a few questions left to answer. Maybe by next summer? Heh heh heh.
P.S.S. It's 9 p.m. and Alex just zipped out to get a late-night pizza. How fun is that?!?
P.S.S.S. Dear Cute Reader, you were right. We're up in Northern Ontario. With the blueberries and black bears. ;)


  1. AnonymousJuly 17, 2013

    Yikes!!! I live in Texas and my air is running 10 months out of the year! After hurricane Ike 5 years ago, we bought a cheap window unit to keep us cool for the 11 days of no power. Of course we had to use a small generator to run it! Hang in there.

  2. o lord!!! i can sympathize! we live in northeast ohio and also have no air! my husband and i both grew up with no ac and just deal with it, but some days..... i look forward to work to be in the air :) we are hoping for a good tax return next year- since my husband is an HVAC man, we can get a good discount and a hottie to install it ;)
    good luck girl- ill be thinking of you as we are sweating it out!

    1. We pretty much decided to do the same thing - to just deal with it. Until last night when we could not get to sleep because it was soooo hooooot.

      We discussed the options. Window air conditioner? Stand-up air conditioner? Central air?

      Sigh. There are so many pretty things to buy besides air. ;)

  3. AnonymousJuly 18, 2013

    84F is high? Try 104-116 (40-47C) in Australia hahaha!

    1. Woahhhhhhhhhhh. That's all I have to say about that. Haha!

  4. Having great sympathy for you right now! I live in the NW corner of Wash. state and we've had our own heat wave. I!!! 75-80 is my max and please don't throw any humidity in there!!! But humid it has been. low 90's with humidity and I get nothing...NOTHING done. I lay in front of the fan and pray for rain!

    We had some cross breeze issues until we opened some walls and added more windows. Makes a huge difference. Don't know how handy you and your hubby are, but mine has been replacing windows in his sisters house and it takes less than a day (not including painting, trim, etc.). Not very expensive and a huge difference.

    Stay cool!!!

  5. AnonymousJuly 18, 2013

    I highly recommend that you buy a window AC unit. We bought one for our small townhouse and just pop it in at the beginning of the summer. It's a breeze to do. They are priced very reasonably these days. I think ours cost about $160 here in the States. It's amazing how well they work, and you will have a place to be comfortable in your home. Look for one on sale at the end of the summer if not before!


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