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(NPR)   With climate change getting worse, power rates going up and society breaking down, let's explore some ways to stay cool without AC...actually you know what, let's just take a nap. Yes a long nap would be much better   (npr.org) divider line
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2022-08-12 5:41:27 PM  
"Drink lots of liquids - it doesn't have to be water!"

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2022-08-12 11:22:27 PM  
Spoiler: 3 of them rely on basic evaporative cooling still working rather than being completely ineffectual, as will increasingly be the case in the most uninhabitable regions of the planet.
 
2022-08-13 12:50:41 AM  
I just wear my sunglasses, they make me cool.
 
2022-08-13 12:53:21 AM  
we have AC we run 24 hours. fark your climate shiat
 
2022-08-13 12:53:53 AM  
I thought taking an afternoon nap was a Spanish thing.
 
2022-08-13 12:55:15 AM  
I live in Snohomish County, we have that dirty dirty soshulizms, so our rates are nice and stable. 👍
 
2022-08-13 12:55:31 AM  

some_beer_drinker: we have AC we run 24 hours. fark your climate shiat


Hey, if you have the solar power to run your AC, then screw what others think.
 
2022-08-13 12:56:40 AM  

wildcardjack: I thought taking an afternoon nap was a Spanish thing.


Oh no, afternoon naps are a long-standing tradition in my lineage and we're white ay eff.
 
2022-08-13 12:57:16 AM  
I've been in this house about 15 years now. This is the second year I didn't turn on the AC. It was a pretty mild summer here and I have high ceilings.

High ceilings are the key.
 
2022-08-13 12:57:36 AM  

wildcardjack: I thought taking an afternoon nap was a Spanish thing.


Yeah, how could different people all decide not to do hard work in the worst heat of a summer afternoon?  It goes against all common sense!
 
2022-08-13 12:58:30 AM  
 
2022-08-13 12:59:04 AM  

dbaggins: some_beer_drinker: we have AC we run 24 hours. fark your climate shiat

Hey, if you have the solar power to run your AC, then screw what others think.


my electricity comes out of the walls, like god intended.
 
2022-08-13 1:03:56 AM  
How does this get past the mods? Oh nm it's from NPR the mods will let anything through with that one.  But why am I wasting my time commenting here. moving on.
 
2022-08-13 1:04:04 AM  
I appreciate that the drooling was included as part of the napping.  The artist knows her naps.

/it ain't a good nap if I don't drool on the pillow
 
2022-08-13 1:04:07 AM  

Sleeper_agent: I've been in this house about 15 years now. This is the second year I didn't turn on the AC. It was a pretty mild summer here and I have high ceilings.

High ceilings are the key.


I held out until after 4th of July which is a record for me. It was hot enough, but I was was just being cheap.  I suppose high ceilings are key to avoid - like all the rooms not on the ground floor - the ceilings aren't really that much higher from the floor, but the altitude is a little higher.
 
2022-08-13 1:13:43 AM  
Your turn: Share tips from your culture on how to cope with heat

- Eat spicy foods.  The spice makes you sweat more, and if it's hot enough, the endorphin buzz will make you not care about the temperature.  And if it's really spicy, you'll get to spend half the next day holding an ice compress to your butthole.

- Take a scalding hot 135F shower.  It'll make you grateful for the 115F coolness.

- Go for a jog.  Movement through the air will feel like a nice breeze, and force evaporative cooling.

- Take a lawn chair to the supermarket, and lounge in the meat department.  They keep it cool there.  Plus, they have all the beer you can drink.

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2022-08-13 1:14:15 AM  

Udder Discharge: How does this get past the mods? Oh nm it's from NPR the mods will let anything through with that one.  But why am I wasting my time commenting here. moving on.


Toodle...ooo
 
2022-08-13 1:15:19 AM  

Peki: https://inhabitat.com/this-amazing-bangladeshi-air-cooler-is-made-from-plastic-bottles-and-uses-no-electricity/


No offense but that's pure BS, even crap electric AC units can drop temps in a poorly insulated trailer by 20F or 11 degrees C, more than twice what they claim they can. That's not an insignificant difference. Sure if I couldn't afford an electric AC and the power to run it I'd be ecstatic to have that drop, but I'm not giving up my AC for something that's "nearly as good" which is actually half as good plus doesn't do anything to drop humidity which is where most of the comfort benefit comes in around here.

Now I did see a black can heat collector that I've seriously thought about making, but unfortunately where I would put it is now where I park my trailer, so no free heart for the garage.
 
2022-08-13 1:16:22 AM  
It's not impossible to set up a cross-draft in your home by controlling which windows are opened. Basements tend to stay cool; move down there, or use a fan to bing up the cooled basement air.
 
2022-08-13 1:17:35 AM  
I've seen lots of swamp coolers.
And many have used an old mop head, covered in algae.
 
2022-08-13 1:17:45 AM  

NakedApe: I just wear my sunglasses, they make me cool.


Only at night dumpling.  I enjoy watching folks bouncing off rando. posts or mailboxes.
 
2022-08-13 1:18:02 AM  

Sleeper_agent: I've been in this house about 15 years now. This is the second year I didn't turn on the AC. It was a pretty mild summer here and I have high ceilings.

High ceilings are the key.


I have high ceilings and it's the hottest I have seen in my life.  Ac is keeping up but it's running a LOT and I just cleaned the inside and outside coils and went to a lower Merv filter to increase airflow.  Lucky I have enough solar that it's all free but that's not helping the lawn.  My sprinklers are set the same every year and even with adding 10 minutes per zone it's all brown, everyone's lawn is brown, turning brown or crab grass which loves the hear.
I have never seen a year like this, 1 benefit, I don't need the pool heater so that's nice.
Also, I can't believe how hot the car is when left outside, I'm amazed the electronics don't get fried.
 
2022-08-13 1:18:02 AM  

robodog: Peki: https://inhabitat.com/this-amazing-bangladeshi-air-cooler-is-made-from-plastic-bottles-and-uses-no-electricity/

No offense but that's pure BS, even crap electric AC units can drop temps in a poorly insulated trailer by 20F or 11 degrees C, more than twice what they claim they can. That's not an insignificant difference. Sure if I couldn't afford an electric AC and the power to run it I'd be ecstatic to have that drop, but I'm not giving up my AC for something that's "nearly as good" which is actually half as good plus doesn't do anything to drop humidity which is where most of the comfort benefit comes in around here.

Now I did see a black can heat collector that I've seriously thought about making, but unfortunately where I would put it is now where I park my trailer, so no free heart for the garage.


I know we don't normally read articles on Fark, but usually we at least read the Fark headlines.
 
2022-08-13 1:19:02 AM  
It has always seemed odd to me the nine-to-five. I've always preferred more of a swing shift. It's odd that everybody does everything at the same time. Even when it makes no sense and is a great detriment.
 
2022-08-13 1:20:39 AM  

Udder Discharge: it's from NPR, the mods will let anything through


Try submitting one of their articles that are skeptical of ACC.

You'll soon change your tune.
 
2022-08-13 1:21:08 AM  
The marines did a study of effective cooling techniques for soldiers in hot climates under heavy physical stress. A metal ball chilled in your freezer, then held in your hand, will swiftly chill your blood thru the many capillaries in the hand.  This can also be done with icewater in ziplock bags, bags of frozen veggies, and gel packs held in the hands. you will need to take breaks to prevent frostbite, or not chill the object as much.    A gell-lined glove would also work. As does sitting in a tub without heating the water, or using a footbath, same principle of using an area with lots of capillaries close to the skin surface to transfer heat and cool your blood.
 
2022-08-13 1:22:06 AM  

NakedApe: I just wear my sunglasses, they make me cool.


Ever thought about taking up smoking?  It's like, doubling down on cool.

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2022-08-13 1:22:33 AM  
Don't have A/C and it's 100 plus in the shade? You gonna be hot. Don't buy leather furniture.
 
2022-08-13 1:22:36 AM  
I am fortunate that I can open my windows in the evening, once the outside temp goes below 80 degrees F, then let the house cool down to about 70 degrees by mornin'. House then takes all day to heat up to 80, which means the A/C may or may not have to operate depending on the indoor humidity level.

A/C is great for removing humidity with the bonus of nice dry, cool air. Swamp coolers are great, too, as long as it's not humid outside. Ceiling fans: yes.
 
2022-08-13 1:22:36 AM  

Peki: https://inhabitat.com/this-amazing-bangladeshi-air-cooler-is-made-from-plastic-bottles-and-uses-no-electricity/


Seems.complex for a wind diverted.  We have crank out windows that go in each direction on every side of the house but they only cool the hoise at night.  When it's 95 degrees and 80% humidity it's no help.
 
2022-08-13 1:23:14 AM  
Once again I'm reminded why I want to live in an underground concrete earth-sheltered home.  Here in Ohio, you could get by with just a dehumidifier most of the summer.  Temps at 6' below ground don't get that warm, even in summer.  I mean, the average high is 84 and average low is 65, so average temp is probably mid 70s.  Factor in to that the average temperature year-round is 55 (which is the temperature at about 15' down), and you have a house that's near perfect temp all summer and cheap to heat in the winter.  No windows, though.  Very unlikely to burn down such a home, as long as you construct the inside out of non-combustibles.  The only thing you'd really be able to burn would be contents.  No issues with termites, tornadoes, wind, freezing temps, etc.  Such a house would never get below 45 unless you left the door open to the outside for a long time.  With all the waste heat in a modern house, you'd probably stay around 55 inside even without heat, and heating a house like that is cheap.  On my land, I could build it with a one end walk-out onto a hill, which also pretty much guarantees it'll never flood unless we end up with 15' of water for some reason.  Oh well, I can dream.  If I ever do build that type of home, I think I'd try to do solar with a battery for night time.  I wouldn't want the power to fail and to be living in a mine.
 
2022-08-13 1:31:26 AM  
I'm in Canada. It hit 23 degrees this summer (that's 7800 degrees for you Yanks). I bought an air conditioner. Pry it from my cold, dead hands, you will. I'm going to run that motherfarker in the winter, because I like the noise it makes.
 
2022-08-13 1:31:28 AM  

WayneKerr: A/C is great for removing humidity


This is what's so perplexing about Europe's hostility to A/C.

It may not get all that hot up in its northern reaches, but it looks like it's perpetually humid, which is much worse, comfort-wise.
 
2022-08-13 1:38:08 AM  
Your turn: Share tips from your culture on how to cope with heat

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2022-08-13 1:38:20 AM  
I don't know where you all live, but our average summer temp here in Midwest is hell. My house is 4100sqft. My thermostat is set to 68F. My summer bills are only about 120 more than winter ones, around $240 per month vs $120 a month. I'll stick to having AC.
 
2022-08-13 1:41:05 AM  
Smoke Kools
 
2022-08-13 1:42:19 AM  

some_beer_drinker: dbaggins: some_beer_drinker: we have AC we run 24 hours. fark your climate shiat

Hey, if you have the solar power to run your AC, then screw what others think.

my electricity comes out of the walls, like god intended.


Oh, I see.  You're causing all this.    I hope children know to hate you.
 
2022-08-13 1:44:01 AM  
I live in Florida. Swamp coolers won't do sh*t here because I already live in a swamp.
 
2022-08-13 1:44:33 AM  
Cold showers, their not just for supressing your throbbing biological urges anymore
 
2022-08-13 1:54:18 AM  
exercise in the very early morning.
 
2022-08-13 1:56:39 AM  

zerkalo: Cold showers


Hot drinks (coffee, tea, whatever). People will think you're crazy, but there's nothing better for cooling off on a hot day.

Something about the introduced heat triggering an opening up of the capillaries at the skins surface, improving heat loss.
 
2022-08-13 2:03:58 AM  

dbaggins: some_beer_drinker: dbaggins: some_beer_drinker: we have AC we run 24 hours. fark your climate shiat

Hey, if you have the solar power to run your AC, then screw what others think.

my electricity comes out of the walls, like god intended.

Oh, I see.  You're causing all this.    I hope children know to hate you.


don't worry. i have no crotch fruit, and i hate you if you do. so gross
 
2022-08-13 2:10:02 AM  
Swamp coolers only make the inside of your house more humid. They're counterproductive.
 
2022-08-13 2:11:48 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: "Drink lots of liquids - it doesn't have to be water!"

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Back in high school, I worked as a bag boy at a grocery store....1995 to 1997.  During that time, there was a period where cases of Milwaukee's Best was kept by one of the doors.

When a classmate found out I was working there, he told me that he had stolen some cases by quickly grabbing them and jumping into the bed of a friend's pickup truck.

An approximation of what I said:

"F*ck...don't ever tell me that again.  I am not a snitch, but I don't want to know."
 
2022-08-13 2:12:12 AM  
Summer, Spring, Fall

- 72 to 73 during the day when I am home.
- 75 when I am gone and just my pupper is home.
- 70 when I wind down to head to bed, 69 when I sleep.

During the winter, I let it sit around 65-69.
 
2022-08-13 2:12:27 AM  

bughunter: Your turn: Share tips from your culture on how to cope with heat

- Eat spicy foods.  The spice makes you sweat more, and if it's hot enough, the endorphin buzz will make you not care about the temperature.  And if it's really spicy, you'll get to spend half the next day holding an ice compress to your butthole.

- Take a scalding hot 135F shower.  It'll make you grateful for the 115F coolness.

- Go for a jog.  Movement through the air will feel like a nice breeze, and force evaporative cooling.

- Take a lawn chair to the supermarket, and lounge in the meat department.  They keep it cool there.  Plus, they have all the beer you can drink.

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That was a great two part episode.
 
2022-08-13 2:12:49 AM  
Your turn: Share tips from your culture on how to cope with heat

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2022-08-13 2:13:13 AM  
Side note:

I have lived in the Seattle area for most of my life, and I finally bought an AC unit a year ago.
 
2022-08-13 2:23:30 AM  
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2022-08-13 2:24:45 AM  

The_Sponge: bughunter: Your turn: Share tips from your culture on how to cope with heat

- Eat spicy foods.  The spice makes you sweat more, and if it's hot enough, the endorphin buzz will make you not care about the temperature.  And if it's really spicy, you'll get to spend half the next day holding an ice compress to your butthole.

- Take a scalding hot 135F shower.  It'll make you grateful for the 115F coolness.

- Go for a jog.  Movement through the air will feel like a nice breeze, and force evaporative cooling.

- Take a lawn chair to the supermarket, and lounge in the meat department.  They keep it cool there.  Plus, they have all the beer you can drink.

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That was a great two part episode.


What?  The Habanero Poppers or Married, with Children?

/part 2 of the habanero poppers sucked
 
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