With half of Canada being caught in the grips of a heat wave this past week, many of us are on the hunt for ways to keep cool. And even when the heat breaks for a couple of days, I have some bad news for you: it’s only July. We’re not out of the woods yet.
If you’re one of those people who thrives in this heat and are enjoying baking in feels-like-40-degrees temperatures, this article isn’t for you. But if you’re like me, and are desperate for some relief, here are some ways technology can rescue you from the miserable, sweaty torture:
1. Regulate your home cooling systemNest thermostat lets you program your home’s heating and cooling systems through your phone, allowing you to only use the amount of energy you require. You can set your Nest to a warmer temperature when you’re out of the house, and on your way home, use your smart phone to drop the temperature and have it be perfectly comfortable when you walk in the door. As an added bonus, you’ll save some money on your energy bill, too.
2. Keep your bed extra-coolcooling pillow from Hammacher Schlemmer, which uses a fabric the company says was developed by NASA in order to provide a cool surface for astronauts to sleep on. The pillow’s shell absorbs excess heat and moves it away from your head and neck. You can pair it with a temperature-regulating sheet set, which includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillow cases, that use the same material as the pillow shell to draw heat away from the surface and away from your body.
3. Use a fan that doesn’t buffet the airDyson solved those problems in 2009 with its ‘bladeless’ fan. The name is actually a misnomer, as there are blades, they’re just hidden away in the base. The air vents through a slot in a plastic circle, with edges tailored to allow the air to pass over it efficiently, like with a plane wing. The result is a fan that gives a stronger blast of wind, is easy to clean, and won’t put kids with tiny fingers at risk of having them caught in the blades.
4. Keep your cold beverages close at handThink Geek. The mini-fridge fits one standard 355mL can, and plugs into your computer via USB. Bonus: when this hot weather passes and we’re back to the depths of winter, you can use it to keep hot beverages hot, too.
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