Keepin' it Cool

 

Summer 2015 was officially hot hot hot, and my pants and shirts have been cut in half in hopes of desperate ventilation.

 
Summer 2015 was officially hot hot hot, and my pants and shirts have been cut in half in hopes of desperate ventilation. The apartments are stifling and the balconies and patios have become our last place of breezy refuge. Time is no longer spent in the home during these few months of elation, but rather in exploration of my city, my world and what my community has to offer.  

The Montreal summer takes off straight into the exciting festival season, giving way to a pedestrian’s paradise of colourful street sales, block-to-block food choices and endless outdoor entertainment of every kind. The lush green parks are filled with their picnickers, barbeques in hand, on a quest for relaxation; pools overflow, bronzed sun worshippers tan, and all together they make the summer heat wave a positive familiarity that this transitory city provides year after year.

That said, how do you capture this same freedom within your home? Aside from the most obvious air-conditioning solutions, keeping cool air in and hot air out is the name of the game. Properly insulating, sealing cracks and applying reflective film to glass surfaces will keep the heat at bay, while keeping the space open at night will help bring in the chill. I also find that light linen fabrics allow for the breeze to rush in while keeping the heat at bay. The hot light of summer can be used to brighten up your space, and by putting on a fresh coat of paint and using lighter, fresher colours, you can maintain your summer state of mind. These are just a few simple ways to stay fresh in the heat.

Montreal summers are special, and they hold a big spot in my heart, having always provided a place to visually experience physical growth and happiness, music and art, health and awareness, love and colour. Summer heat waves have and always will have a positive vibration.
 
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