Post # 1
It’s broken 100 degrees the last 2 days which for Upstate, NY is BANANAS! I have absolutely zero desire to even be outside but when I’m forced to (like to walk from my office to my car) it’s absolutely brutal. I have a centrally air conditioned office and home so I can’t even imagine how brutal it must be for those without AC. My FB wall has totally blown up with people complaining of the unbearable heat. Someone just posted that they’re going to bed with ice packs!
How do you stay cool without AC?
Post # 3
@UpstateCait:Improvise. A fan with a pan of cold water in front of it is a primitive AC unit 😉
Post # 4
I have no idea how people do it…
We just moved last weekend from a house with no A/C (no window unit, even) to a house with central…people keep joking that we moved just in time for the heat wave, and they couldn’t be more right! It’s 70° here now so we opened the windows for the night to save some electricity but the last few days, even with the thermostat set at 74° it has been ridiculously hot in our 2nd floor. I seriously think I would have died had we not moved this week…even on 80° days it was torturous being without AC, and nearly impossible to sleep at night.
I <3 my central air, I don’t care how high the electric bill is. I can’t do heat!
Post # 5
Hmmm…. Im not really sure! lol Here in TX 100+ in the summer is norm. We have central air, but my parents have a pool too so that helps lol
Post # 6
No A/C here – We are fortunate in that our apt barely gets any direct sunlight (only from sunrise-7am and again 9ish -sundown) so if I leave the windows open and we have a breeze it doesnt get too bad. Although Sunday and Monday we were at high-90s and I went to bed at 11 and it was still 82/83 in the house. 🙁 We just slept with no covers and a fan on next to the bed.
Post # 7
@UpstateCait: LOL!! This post reminded me of my BIL calling me and my family a bunch of jungle bunnies because we had survived without any kind of AC until 1994, I kid you not! My family is from Central America and is used to the kind of heat we’ve been having in NY this week. We used to be able to get by with just a few good fans and some popsicles.
Now….ask me to give up my AC now. LOL!
Post # 8
I just put a fan right in front of me and pray I dont die. Thank gosh my new place has ac!
Post # 9
We don’t have A/C, and it’s broken 100 here too. I feel the worst for my poor kitty. I wipe her down with damp paper towels regularly, which she doesn’t really like.
As for how we survive – box fans in the windows, drink a lot of ice water, go to the movies.
Post # 10
@ mightywombat The movies are the best. My bf and I went and watched two movies in a row the other day when it was 112 with heat index.
Post # 11
It’s been 100+ and humid here the last few days (in the Midwest, no less), and I am very glad we splurged and bought a new window unit. Our old one would barely cool the room it was in. We put the new one in our bedroom window and even the kitchen, which is two rooms away, is frigid when you come in. But before we had it, it was godawful. We had fans everywhere and our two cats were miserable.
Post # 12
as an aussie i can handle the heat but its the cold that i hate – i like heat and humidity, 110f/40c i have no problem with but as soon as its starts getting chilly im calling the travel agent and heading to guam or asia (we just returned from 3 weeks in indonesia btw)
we have air con here but rarely use it – i prefer to climatise to local heat conditions as i find going from heat to cold, indoors to outdoors exhausting
Post # 13
we don’t have central air, but we have 2 really good, powerful window units, and fans in the rooms without them. luckily hubs and i both work at home so we’ve only been leaving our nyc apt the past couple days to walk the dog 😛 we were supposed to go on a day trip to the beach today but can’t bear to leave the ac units
Post # 14
I wouldn’t be able to survive without AC. Even in the summers, we may be running the AC but I still have to run a smaller fan since the AC temp would be right for the entire house but me since I get hot so easily. But during the winter, I can live with the cold. Feels so good to me sometimes. But I am in NC.
Post # 15
Thanks for the replies, ladies! I’m about to head out into the sweltering 94 degree heat and I’m not looking forward to it. A cool 71 degrees is where it’s at!
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: The 71 is much closer to my perfect temp then the rest. Good luck. I hate I have to head out soon too.