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Old 06-12-10, 06:41 PM   #1
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So this is the beginning of my first summer here in Michigan and I am not ready for it. It's been very humid today and I've been feeling pretty miserable all day. The worst part, though, is that I'll likely not get much sleep tonight.

Are there any recommendations on what I can do to keep cool tonight? Our air conditioner doesn't work and we won't even be able to put in a request to fix it until Monday, so I need something for the next few days, otherwise, it's gonna be grumpy UA...
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Old 06-12-10, 06:44 PM   #2
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Coming from a humid country, the only advice I can give you is: shower. A lot.
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Old 06-12-10, 06:47 PM   #3
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wear your jersey or any other high tech sports clothing that wicks away sweat.
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Place a box fan in a window so that it blows outward. Then open the windows in your bedroom.....voila, airflow. It's not A/C, but its should provide some relief. You could also take a cool shower (not cold) just before going to bed.
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Ever make an air tent as a kid? Box fan and a big sheet (w/small heavy objects to act as stakes). Or just hang out at Denny's/Village Inn overnight.
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Go to Home Depot and get a freestanding portable A/C unit.
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Go to Home Depot and get a freestanding portable A/C unit.
That's a whole lotta $$. We're looking for a more economical solution.
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I second the cool showers and lots, lots, lots of airflow..
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Cool showers, use fans, keep curtains and blinds drawn during the day (especially western facing windows) to avoid roasting rooms, drink cool water, before bed put an ice bag on your head for a few minutes.
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Place a box fan in a window so that it blows outward. Then open the windows in your bedroom.....voila, airflow. It's not A/C, but its should provide some relief. You could also take a cool shower (not cold) just before going to bed.
works best when the flow goes straight across the floor or when natural convection is employed and a large fan is planted in the attic.
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Soak your t-shirt with water, wring it out, and put it on. If you want to cool down quickly, sit in front of a fan.
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Old 06-12-10, 07:32 PM   #13
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wet towl draped in front of a fan pointing at you also works well.
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Oh hey, soak your shirt before putting it on and go for a bike ride. It'll feel cool.
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Sleep in the basement if that's an option. Or install a ceiling fan. Use it so it's blowing the air up at the ceiling circulating the air up and down the sides. I rarely have to sleep in the basement even though that's where my man cave is. Then again, the big pond (L. Michigan) is 3/4 mile to my east. But for immediate relief, I suggest getting drunk.
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I say, forget all that; focus on this instead:




Problems solved.
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pgoat has the right idea. I was going to suggest taking a bottle of witch hazel and slopping all over each other's back while the fan is blowing over him/her. A cool, wet washcloth works too, but sloppy wet hands are so much more sensuous. We used to do that for each other when we lived in an un-AC'd apartment. It's really quite nice and I highly recommend it.
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Dress lightly. Pour a tub of cool water. When the heat gets to you, strip and hop in the tub until you cool down, that will lower your core and you'll feel good for a few hours. Cold beverages, sports drinks work good to replace lost electrolytes.

Also real spicy food will cool you down. Or make it seen cooler.
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If you find your cat, sleep next to it.
they always seem to know the best places in the house during hot days of summer and cold days of winter.
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So this is the beginning of my first summer here in Michigan and I am not ready for it.
I live in Southeast Tennessee and I really don't want to hear the whining. At least it cools off at night up there.
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Coming from a humid country, the only advice I can give you is: shower. A lot.
This puertorican approves 100%
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I dont know how much money you have to throw at this problem but a whole house fan works decent. It should make things tolerable. Here is one example... http://www.google.com/products/catal...CBsQ8wIwBTgA#p We had one in our house in california and it worked ok. Problem is you need to cut a hole in the ceiling and you need to leave the windows slightly open.
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Showered, had the ceiling fan blowing up and another fan at the window blowing on us. Then it rained. I think that was the best solution. I'll just make it rain every night until we get the AC fixed...
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