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(USA Today)   How to keep your home cool using old-fashioned techniques. It could save you money   (usatoday.com) divider line
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2022-07-19 8:14:05 AM  
Perhaps I will try this. It's more like getting the excess humidity out that bothers me, though.
 
2022-07-19 8:20:39 AM  
Ice pack on my junk?

Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ahead of you.
 
2022-07-19 8:26:41 AM  
I've always been a fan of opening all the windows at night and closing everything up in the morning.  We've been getting 30-40 degree temperature swings between night and day lately, so it's been great.
 
2022-07-19 8:43:20 AM  
Other than praying for night to fall there is very little you can do to stay cool in high humidity heat.
 
2022-07-19 8:51:03 AM  
"spritz your sheets..your children.."

While that may sound vaguely vulgar, Spritzed sheets will also get you a bunch of these:

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2022-07-19 8:53:19 AM  
Considering that the temp here hasn't often dipped below the mid 70s, I'm not leaving windows open hoping for a breeze.
 
2022-07-19 8:56:13 AM  
If whole house air conditioning were to suddenly blink out of existence I would simply walk into a lake, never to be seen again.

Same goes for dishwashers.
 
2022-07-19 9:01:54 AM  
Fill a clean spray bottle with cold water and very lightly spritz your sheets. You don't want them soaked, just misted. This makes a nice cool bed.

Yeah, when the humidity is already high enough to make your sheets feel like damp towels, adding more water isn't going to help.
 
2022-07-19 9:32:12 AM  

xanadian: Fill a clean spray bottle with cold water and very lightly spritz your sheets. You don't want them soaked, just misted. This makes a nice cool bed.

Yeah, when the humidity is already high enough to make your sheets feel like damp towels, adding more water isn't going to help.


Alcohol!  The solution to and cause of all of life's problems.
 
2022-07-19 9:44:51 AM  
Pro: Hang your laundry to dry inside to save on energy costs and evaporate the cooling moisture into the air!
Con: Your room is now damp and humid and muggy.

Pro: Cool your house down at night by opening your windows to avoid air conditioning use!
Con: You will now hear every asshole from the surrounding 10 miles revving their engines all night.

Pro: Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and a few ice cubes to cool down your bed!
Con: Your bed now has a single cool spot that will dissipate in seconds.

These are stupid.
 
2022-07-19 9:48:54 AM  
Trees and fans and mixed drinks in the long evenings.

Be ready to age faster. I'm 5 years older than my grandfather was when he died, and he looked 10 years older than me. For years I've believed that withering summers are what aged our ancestors.

My wife's genealogy has turned up really odd factoids. Members of her family -- the Nutt clan, appropriately -- settled Sanibel Island back in the 19th century and others were in Yuma farking Arizona around the turn of the century. Hardy pioneer stock or raving loons? You be the judge. Last year, we found we found the Florida house -- much added to -- and it was near enough to the beach to have always had a breeze.  Nothing but a prison sentence could get me to Yuma.

That gag about keeping the blinds closed shows up in the Faulkner novel Absalom., Absalom. Quentin Compson goes to the house of an old biddy who has a whole lot to get off her mind, and they sit in the heat in her darkened house while she garps it all up. Since reading that book 40 or so years ago, I've always associated drawn blinds in the summer with lunacy and grievance.
 
2022-07-19 9:54:17 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: If whole house air conditioning were to suddenly blink out of existence I would simply walk into a lake, never to be seen again.

Same goes for dishwashers.


Oooh, look who's not afraid of Virginia Woolf.
 
2022-07-19 10:05:36 AM  
My grandparents had big oak trees and they did the night/morning window thing. It wasn't as cool as my house is today, but it was bearable when the temp was 90+ during the day.
 
2022-07-19 10:12:33 AM  
Take the pillow off your bed, and stuff it in the freezer for about an hour before bed.  It will not only kill any lurking dust mites, but a cold pillow feels awesome.  And then, about halfway through the night, flip it over and surprise, it's still got a cool, if not cold spot.

Also, two fans in two windows, especially one pulling in from the north side, and one blowing out on the west side can also lower the temps.  Put a washtub of ice in front of the one pulling in from the north and you have a swamp cooler.

I love a/c, but only because I have lived without it too many times.
 
2022-07-19 10:13:39 AM  

Wendigogo: Considering that the temp here hasn't often dipped below the mid 70s, I'm not leaving windows open hoping for a breeze.


Right now down here we're lucky if the overnight temp drops below 80.

I'll keep my windows closed at night, article, thank you very much.
 
2022-07-19 10:41:27 AM  
Our nightly lows are still too high.

I rent so planting big shady trees is out.

Close the blinds? No shiat.

Hang laundry inside? fark no. I hang it in the garage, and it's dry very quickly. The real cooling benefit is not running the dryer
 
2022-07-19 11:03:57 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: I've always been a fan of opening all the windows at night and closing everything up in the morning.  We've been getting 30-40 degree temperature swings between night and day lately, so it's been great.


As well as opening windows, turn on exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to help suck the cool air in.
 
2022-07-19 11:07:27 AM  
We live in Albuquerque, where swamp coolers actually work.  It was in the low 70s inside yesterday while it was over 100 outside.

They take some yearly maintenance, fresh pads and belts, but work in a dry climate nicely.  My only complaint is the effect on my drum heads on my congas and other natural skin drums.
 
2022-07-19 11:17:43 AM  
My grandmother used to hose off the house before AC.  Between the water absorbing the excess heat and rolling off with it, and any remaining water evaporating gives you a phase change.

Swamp chilling the AC compressor should lower your AC bill, hopefully without damaging the AC... (this was all the rage a few years ago, no idea how the compressors held out.  Google if you care).

/moved so far north if I went any further I'd be swimming to Canada
//unless I simply went around that big lake
///but where's the fun in that?
 
2022-07-19 11:44:52 AM  
only take cold showers and never put on clothes, then you wont need the dryer or the exhaust fan.
 
2022-07-19 12:03:42 PM  
Blackout curtains are the thing I use in the summer, to keep that heat out. I also run a single box fan to move air around.
 
2022-07-19 12:05:36 PM  
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2022-07-19 12:18:30 PM  
DIY Swamp Coolers. Low Tech but efficient

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https://www.itsoverflowing.com/diy-swamp-cooler/
 
2022-07-19 12:46:05 PM  

cherryl taggart: And then, about halfway through the night, flip it over and surprise, it's still got a cool, if not cold spot.


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2022-07-19 1:30:10 PM  
Electric pressure cooker saves electricity and heat build up in the kitchen compared to conventional stovetop and oven cooking.
 
2022-07-19 2:22:01 PM  
I find buying a house next to a Great Lake works pretty well.

/until there's no breeze off the lake
//which is what'll happen tonight and tomorrow...
 
2022-07-19 4:06:49 PM  
I retreat to the basement. Home theater and three beer taps down there.
 
2022-07-19 5:53:27 PM  

Wendigogo: Considering that the temp here hasn't often dipped below the mid 70s, I'm not leaving windows open hoping for a breeze.


Complaining about mid 70s?

LOL
 
2022-07-19 6:07:07 PM  
Meh, growing up in a Chicago two-flat, mom knew which windows to open to generate a draft and make the indoors pleasant without using the window AC unit.  Summers could be spent sleeping in screened porches or the coolness of the basement.  Whole-house fans also work pretty well, pulling colder air up from the basement into the regular living spaces.
 
2022-07-19 6:28:56 PM  
Have lots of trees around your house for shade.

Spend $600/year getting your roof and gutters cleaned. Plus, moss treatment.

Opening windows at night and running the circulating fan works fairly well, except when fields are being burned for pest control or wildfires are being wild.  Other than the occasional motorcyclist, nighttime noise isn't a problem.
 
2022-07-19 7:44:08 PM  
Anyone know any tricks for keeping one's car cool prior to turning on the A/C?

I heard that spraying rubbing alcohol into the cab could do it. Anyone else hear of that?
 
2022-07-19 7:44:11 PM  
Not really CSB: I had to spend the summers at my grandparent's house in rural Kansas. They were frugal farm people who had lived through the depression.  They viewed air conditioning as an expensive luxury, but Kansas gets well over 100 degrees in June and doesn't let up until September.  High humidity, what I've heard called "air you can wear." They had a big loud window unit in the dining room.

They would not turn it on before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, no matter how hot it was.  They would not turn it on before noon, no matter how hot it was. They turned it off at sundown and opened all the windows, no matter how hot it was.  If the weatherman said "sunset at 9:05" they turned it off at exactly 9:05.  Whatever cool air had accumulated in the house was soon gone.

I had a box fan to sleep with but it just pushed hot air around.  I often couldn't sleep due to the heat.

I couldn't wait to get home where there was central air and we could keep it at 70 when my father wasn't home to push it up to 80.
 
2022-07-19 8:06:12 PM  

retrobruce: Wendigogo: Considering that the temp here hasn't often dipped below the mid 70s, I'm not leaving windows open hoping for a breeze.

Complaining about mid 70s?

LOL


Hey, I did my time, living in sweatboxes. I earned my frosty AC.
 
2022-07-19 10:36:27 PM  

acloverandabee: Electric pressure cooker saves electricity and heat build up in the kitchen compared to conventional stovetop and oven cooking.


In the 70's and 80's, we ate a completely different menu in the summer than in the winter. The oven was not turned on all summer except to make a rare cobbler.
 
2022-07-19 11:51:17 PM  

Bruscar: acloverandabee: Electric pressure cooker saves electricity and heat build up in the kitchen compared to conventional stovetop and oven cooking.

In the 70's and 80's, we ate a completely different menu in the summer than in the winter. The oven was not turned on all summer except to make a rare cobbler.


Historically, many people used to have summer kitchens, before air conditioning.
 
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