Keep Cool in the Fairbanks Heat Wave!

While most of the United States expects temperatures to soar in the summer months, up here in Alaska it’s an anomaly! Fairbanks is experiencing an extreme heat wave with no indication of relief. Whether you welcome the climate change or are at a loss as to how to deal with the above average temperatures, it looks like the 90-degree weather is here to stay for the foreseeable future. It’s time to get creative!

As central air conditioning is non-existent in Alaska, most homeowners are relying on fans and window units to keep their Fairbanks homes cool this week. In fact, most homes up here are designed to keep warm air inside and cold air outside. Needless to say, we’re all sweltering. To help you keep energy costs down and survive the heat wave, I’ve come up with a list of ways you can stay cool (and maintain your sanity!) while we ride out this bizarre streak of weather.

Go for a swim
The wonderful thing about living in Alaska is we’re surrounded by nature. On an especially hot day, venture out to Chena Lake Recreation Area in North Pole for a dip in the water. There are two designated swimming areas with sandy beaches to dry off and relax in the summer sun.

Freeze your sheets
Seriously, this works. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night due to the heat in your Fairbanks home, toss your bed sheets in your freezer for a couple of hours before bed. While this is a temporary fix, it’s effortless and provides a quick relief.

Lights off!
As small and insignificant as they may seem, light bulbs generate a lot of heat. Keeping the lights off in your Fairbanks home will not only keep you cool, but will also save you money on your electricity bill. On a similar note, don’t use the oven! Grill outdoors to prevent heat from building up inside.

If you’ve been sweltering in the Alaskan heat as of late, it’s time to get creative. Try out the tips above, set up a sprinkler in the backyard, and enjoy a steady diet of popsicles and ice cream. After all, this may be one of the only times you’ll have a valid excuse to do so! While none of us were prepared for dealing with the summer heat, I’d say we’ve all adapted with a level of grace.

Once you’ve decided to buy a home in Fairbanks, please let us know. Though you won’t get a true feel for life in Alaska while this heat wave is in town, I guarantee you’ll look right past it and into the natural beauty that surrounds you. Alternatively, those of you who are preparing to sell your home in Fairbanks can rest assured that your most valuable asset is in the experienced hands of Madden Real Estate. If you have any questions or are ready to get started, please contact us so we can help you reach your goals in the Fairbanks real estate market!

Wes Madden, CEO/Broker
Madden Real Estate
(907) 452-3000
Wes@WesMadden.com 

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