Q: Any tips on beats the summer heat?

cid681
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Hey all,

Thought I'd turn to the DP community for any tips they have on trying to survive in the summer heat. 

I live in a duplex (2nd story of it) and no AC. I've recently installed some of the eclipse brand curtains/drapes to help regulate the indoor temp better but I want to be prepared for the upcoming heat in Southern California. I have fans around that turn on after a certain temp is reached and that helps a bit too. I have guinea pigs and want to make sure they aren't burning up. I also pad myself with ice packs on occasion to :-)

Any advice?
cid681 (rep: 1.02k) posted May 11, 2013
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WideAnglePhoto
okay don't laugh.... I find that the right music can make it feel cooler, and I mean that seriously. Sometimes setting the right mood can make a small difference. Also, having fresh fruit on hand not only helps to keep hydrated but can lower the body temps, like watermelon and citruses and berries, pineapples, etc. The piggies like those berries and melons too ;)
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 30.9k) posted May 11, 2013
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LilRed77
cool wash cloths....and ice packs
LilRed77 (rep: 4.26k) posted May 11, 2013
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cid681
@WideAnglePhoto The piggies and I both like classical, and I always keep refrigerated watermelon on hand during the summer.

Has anyone had experience with special bed sheets that regulate your temp if you get too warm or too cold?
cid681 (rep: 1.02k) posted May 11, 2013
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DealLeader
Open the windows at night, or at least when the weather is cool, and set a box fan in the window blowing cool air in the room.
DealLeader (rep: 7.66k) posted May 11, 2013
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bbattag
I would get a window AC unit for at least one room.
bbattag (rep: 6.7k) posted May 11, 2013
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erick99
You can find these articles on DIY sites where you pump water through tubes in front of a fan and use evaporative cooling to get some relief. I cobbled one together once and it worked pretty well. Not as good as a/c but a great deal better than just fans moving warm around back and forth.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 11, 2013
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KittyBrigade
Only use the AC before 2PM and after 7PM. That's when it's most expensive to run large appliances and other electrical things.
KittyBrigade (rep: 209) posted May 11, 2013
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cid681
@erick99 I like the water cooling idea, just like the cooling system for some computers! My only concern about a mist is that the humidity in my apartment usually stays 50% and up while I try to bring that down.

@bbattag I've considered it but my only hesitation is that there is a lot of greenery directly around my duplex and flies come in by the dozen, currently there are insect screens on every window.
cid681 (rep: 1.02k) posted May 12, 2013
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erick99
No mist. The air blows over the tubing/coils.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2013
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cid681
Oh I see I see, the cool tubes cool the air around it and the air distributes that cool air. I'll have to do some more research on that before I dive in to it.

Much of the stuff I am looking for are things that will be able to function even while I am not home.
cid681 (rep: 1.02k) posted May 12, 2013
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erick99
If you don't have ac because your building doesn't allow window units you could consider an indoor unit. They used to be $700 and up but now you can find one for half of that if you shop carefully.
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2013
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erick99
erick99 (rep: 15.9k) posted May 12, 2013
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mrbob
it's 35 degrees in Michigan right now....
mrbob (rep: 153) posted May 12, 2013
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rd995
i was going to say add a bag of ice in front of the fan to produce the ac type of cooling but eric99 added a nice list check it out
rd995 (rep: 97.4k) posted May 12, 2013
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cid681
Indeed, thanks for the link @erick99

I will be giving the ice/salt with fans a try as well as putting my bedding in the coolest place during the day.
cid681 (rep: 1.02k) posted May 12, 2013
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