Fighting The Heat – Without The AC? There Are A Few Options
Guys, it's gonna be capital G Gross this weekend, weather wise. It just is. Sorry.
I know I'm a huge baby and I want the AC on pretty much as soon as June hits. But, I did turn it off and open the windows this week. It was a rare showing of actually nice weather in a Missouri August for once.
So I'm going to try my darndest to not turn on the AC again until this weekend, when it approaches capital letter seriousness. It'll save me money, after all. And it might save you some, too! Now, here are a few things I saw on the internet, tip wise, to help us all cool down a little bit. Don't worry, it's nothing crazy or anything that's going to cost you a ton of money. And no, I don't think putting your sheets in the freezer will help, either. Here goes.
1. Keep your windows closed and covered. If the air outside is hotter than the air inside, keeping the windows shut will help the inside of your home stay a little cooler. Curtains might also be a good idea. Then, at night when it's cooler outside, open them.
2. Install window film. Some window films can prevent a TON of the sun's heat from entering your home. And it's cheap... about 30 bucks on Amazon. I did this on an old apartment I had with terrible insulation. It brought the place down a few degrees, even though it DID have a working AC unit.
3. Shut and insulate your doors. If you're spending most of your time in one room, close the doors to the rooms you aren't using, like bedrooms or bathrooms. That keeps the cooler air concentrated in a single area.
4. Use fans the right way. Creating a cross breeze with fans is the best way to circulate cooler air and push hot air out. Find the coolest part of your house, and angle the fan towards the hottest part of your house. Or, set up a make-shift air conditioner by putting a big bowl of ice in front of a fan. I've heard that works, but full disclosure, I've never tried it.
I will tell ya, that fan is the Best. It's like, super effective and not too loud, and it totally does all the oscillating stuff you want. That's what I'm going to do at night, but.... the rest of the time? Probably whine.
Or, you know, drink a ton of cold beverages. Read: water. I know you're probably thinking more like Margarita, but you should probably avoid that. Sorry guys, hope this helps. The summer sucks and I hate it. /Unpopular Opinion.
What will you do to fight the heat? Or will you just cave and turn the AC back on?