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bitchesgetriches · 6 months
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20 tips to stay cool without air conditioning that anyone can try
1. Close your curtains and blinds—especially in sunny rooms.
Windows let in visible light. But unless your windows are fairly new and high-tech, they also let in lots of radiant heat. Curtains and blinds will help keep that extra heat out.
Thick curtains are a great investment because they work in all seasons. They block the sun in the summer, stop cold drafts in the winter, and act as additional soundproofing if you live in a noisy area. They’re also among the easiest beginner sewing projects. But if you can’t afford them, no worries! Hang an unused blanket or towel instead—it may not be pretty, but it’s better than nothing.
I hate living in a cave, so I open my blinds throughout the day as the sun moves. Just closing the curtains on any sunny, south-facing windows for the hottest parts of the day will make a big impact.
2. Install window film.
The next level of window protection is window film. Renters, don’t worry—you can install this yourself without getting help or permission from your housing shortage profiteer of a landlord!
To install window film, all you need to do is cut it to size, spritz the window with water, and let static cling hold it effortlessly in place. It comes in a lot of fun patterns, and can also double as privacy film if you choose a pattered or frosted design.
3. Shut the door to any rooms you aren’t using.
Whether it’s summer or winter, closing the doors to unused rooms will help regulate temperatures. It’s much easier to heat/cool one room than five.
My partner shocks me every day by going upstairs an hour before bedtime and turning on the window AC unit in our bedroom preemptively. If the door it shut, it will be pleasantly chilly by the time we’re ready to turn in. I just… what is it even like to have proper executive function like that?! So glad I’m the beneficiary of his amazing neurotypicality…
4. Open your windows at night.
In many areas, the overnight temperature drops by 10° or 20°. So once the sun has gone down, let all the accumulated heat out of your house by cracking your windows open overnight.
If possible, open them from the top rather than the bottom. Hot air rises, so that’s the stuff you want to GTFO overnight.
5. Create airflow with box fans.
Box fans are incredible. They don’t cost much to buy or run, but they make a huge impact on quality of life in a hot climate.
Believe it or not, installation makes a huge difference. If you put your box fan in the wrong spot, it’ll only make your heat issues worse! The placement and direction of airflow has a huge impact on its efficacy! (More on this in the next section.)
If you place a box fan in a sunny, south-facing window that looks out over a boiling-hot parking lot, you want it to push that hot air outside, not suck it all back in. But if you have a window that’s on the cooler north side of the house, maybe shaded by a big tree, flip it around so it’s pulling the cooler air inside.
If you have just one, point it away from the biggest source of heat and try to sit near it. If you have two or more, point them all in the same direction to create airflow throughout the whole house.
6. Point your fan blades in the correct direction.
Notice how fan blades are tilted at an angle? Depending on which direction they’re turning, they will either push air in, or pull it out.
The same goes for ceiling fans. If you’ve never changed the direction of your ceiling fan blades, you’re using them wrong!
Ceiling fans in the summer should run counter-clockwise, to push hot ceiling air down to cool.
Ceiling fans in the winter should run clockwise, to pull cold air up and distribute heat evenly.
For box fans, you physically flip the whole unit around. For ceiling fans, hop up on a chair and look for a little switch on the side. You’re welcome.
7. Install AC window units.
Okay, okay, when I said “without air conditioning,” I should’ve stipulated that I really meant “without central air.”
Depending on your area, the age/design of your building, the floor you live on, and your personal tolerance for heat, fans and such may not be enough! If you need the sweet relief of air conditioning, window units are a life-saver. (Literally.)
We have a small 5,000 BTU unit for our bedroom, and a larger 10,000 BTU unit to cool our entire first floor. It doesn’t make the whole house frigid, but it lowers the temperature from “a warm summer day in Hell” to “a warm summer day on Earth, in a good timeline.”
Obviously they use more energy, which equates to money and carbon emissions. So the best thing you can do is to get an energy-efficient model, make sure it’s the correct size for your home, turn the unit on only as needed, and use it in combination with all the other methods suggested here.
8. Run a dehumidifier.
Humidity sucks. It reduces the efficacy of all of our bodies’ built-in cooling systems, plus many of the other techniques suggested here. A dehumidifier will help remove moisture from the air, making the heat feel a lot more bearable.
9. Avoid cooking with heat indoors.
The winter is a wonderful time to simmer soups, bake bread, and make your kitchen a source of continual warmth and satiety. Not so, the accursed summer! Cast your high-effort pie-baking aside until the howling of wolves summons autumn.
THIS IS SUMMER. SUMMER IS FOR SANDWICHES. And caprese, and smoothies, and Choco Tacos. END OF LIST.
Grow the list of meals you can make that cook quickly, with little or no additional heat. If you must apply heat, do it outside on a little Smokey Joe. Or wait until the heat of the day is long past.
10. Line-dry your clothing—or only use dryers at night.
After stoves, clothes dryers are the hottest appliance. So put your clothing in the dryer only after the sun has gone down. If you’re rocking a low-maintenance wardrobe with no need to iron, you can set it to go right before bed and safely forget about it until morning.
(Or, y’know, five days after, when you go to put another load in, if you’re trying to be more like your hero: me!)
If you have the space (and your climate is something closer to the Sahara than the Amazon), consider line-drying your clothes. Piggy has strung a retired climbing rope in her backyard for just this purpose… the smug, crunchy bitch.
11. Unplug unused appliances.
This tip is just perennially good in all situations: unplug shit you ain’t using! Lots of appliances pull phantom power, even when supposedly turned off. This adds heat to your house, dollars to your power bill, and unnecessary carbon to the atmosphere.
The average American household spends $100+ each year to power devices that are turned off. I can think of many things I would rather spend that money on, such as…
17 blocks of pretty good Parmesan cheese,
10 blocks of really, really good Parmesan cheese with those crunchy flavor crystals, or
25 store brand cannisters of shake Parmesean cheese because, listen, we’ve had it up to here with your out-of-touch neoliberal cheese snobbery!
So if you’re not using it, unplug it fully. Make it a habit to flip your power strips off as part of your bedtime ritual. (Or follow the next step, for all of the benefits with none of the work!)
12. Use programmable power strips.
I must confess that this article started as an attempt to answer a cheap-person question that has plagued my marriage for years. “Is it cheaper to run your window AC on a low setting all day? Or to blast it at full strength to cool the room back down after it’s gotten boiling hot?”
The tl;dr is that it is better to run it only as needed. Your AC doesn’t have to “work harder” to cool the room; it is programmed to run efficiently, regardless of the room’s temperature.
If you’re someone who really struggles with high heat, and cannot wait for your home or apartment to be brought to a comfortable temperature, here’s what you do. Get a programmable power strip. You can set it to turn your AC on an hour before you get home from school or work. In general, these things are great, and they pay for themselves within a very short time.
13. Use LED lightbulbs.
LED light bulbs cost a bit more than incandescent (old-fashioned) bulbs. But they consume 1/8th the energy, die less frequently, and run much colder. Incandescent bulbs reach a surface temperature of 250°, whereas LED bulbs are closer to 100°.
The rise of LED bulbs may have killed the Easy Bake Oven industrial complex—but it has also spared our homes from much unnecessary heat.
14. Sleep on breathable sheets.
The best sheets for summer tend to be linen, bamboo, eucalyptus, Tencel, and cotton/poly blends. They are breathable, moisture-wicking, or both.
The worst sheets for summer are flannel, fleece, and pure cotton. These are fantastic insulators best left to the winter months.
15. Try a cooling pillow.
Bedding technology has come a long way in recent years. You can get whole mattresses engineered to please hot sleepers.
But since mattresses are a big investment, start with a cooling pillow. They’re filled with materials designed to let heat escape from your head and face.
16. Dress down.
I’m not saying you should get naked… but listen. If you come around my house in the summertime, you are absolutely going to have to wait at the door while I put some pants on.
The easiest, most environmentally friendly way to control your body temperature is to dress appropriately for the season. So make sure you’re in shorts and a tank top before you reach for the thermostat.
It’s too hot for modesty. Save the planet. Slut it up.
17. Eat and drink cool stuff.
Staying hydrated is the best way to aid your body’s amazing natural cooling system: getting schwetty. Ingesting cold foods and liquids can help lower your body temperature by 2.4° for about half an hour.
Look, Bitches Get Riches has always been a pro-ice cream, pro-iced coffee, pro-gazpacho blog. But we’re done hiding our allegiances in the shadows. If you don’t know, now you know.
18. Take a cool mid-day shower—not cold!
Taking a cold shower will actually work against you. The sudden shock of cold will make you feel cooler, but it will also kickstart your body’s temperature regulation systems, ultimately warming you up.
But a cool shower is great—especially if you don’t dry off immediately. Let the water evaporate slowly off your skin for maximum true cooling.
19. Hold a cold ice pack to your neck.
Here’s a fun tip: if you’re ever helping someone experiencing heat stroke, the three most effective areas for rapid cooling are the neck, the underarms, and the groin. These areas have major arterial blood flow, with blood vessels very close to the skin. So cooling the blood there has the quickest positive impact.
Plus, anyone who’s ever had long hair will tell you it’s a disgusting swamp back there when it’s hot out. The back of the neck is nature’s furnace. So if you can’t shower, place a cold washcloth or ice pack against your neck for some instant, easy relief.
20. Escape!
Sometimes retreat is the best option. If a really bad heat wave is coming, and you live on the 4th floor of a city apartment surrounded by shimmering pavement, you could be in very real danger.
The hottest part of the day is between 12 and 4 p.m. On really bad days, plan to use that time to go somewhere to escape. You can run errands in air-conditioned stores, do your work at a local coffee shop or library, catch a movie, go swimming, or do anything to get you out of the house.
While you’re away, leave your windows cracked to let the worst of the heat escape. And remember to check on any elderly or disabled neighbors, as they are especially vulnerable during heat waves.
- 25 Tricks to Stay Cool WITHOUT Air Conditioning
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Cooling systems have long been built into architectural design before there ever were such things as wall units or central air. From the Red Fort in India to the Alhambra in Spain, one can see examples—decorative fountains, water channels—of deceptively complex passive, evaporative air-cooling systems that were (and sometimes still are) prevalent in geographies experiencing high temperatures (both dry and humid) as well as water scarcity. Sometimes coupled with wind towers, small water bowls, courtyard design, plant life, specific building materials, mashrabiya (ornate carved windows), such technologies developed over considerable time are in many estimates more efficient and more effective than more seemingly “high tech” alternatives; moreover, these technologies detach cooling from energy needs. As scores of Asian and African engineers and architects have noted, such technologies and designs are frequently more comfortable than contemporary “global” equivalents. They are also considerably more beautiful.
Ajay Singh Chaudhary, The Long Now
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jacky93sims · 8 days
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Air Conditioners Decorative or Functional for The Sims 2
This is a 4to2 conversion from Around The Sims. It's only decorative. You will find them in Large Appliance section of Buy Mode. Low Poly
**NEWS**: I add a functional version based on Simlogical Air Conditioner. Please choose only the deco or functional version because they have the same guid number.
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nerdlingwrites · 9 months
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I want to share an insurance pro-tip before we slide into summer: if you have one, you can use your health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for an air conditioner if you have a letter of medical necessity. If you're someone like me who has a medical condition that's worse by heat, I HIGHLY recommend looking at a portable AC unit.
Second pro-tip: If a portable AC unit has only one hose, it's not worth the money. Look for one with two hoses - they're going to run you $400-500 because they actually work. Yes even when it was 108 F outside. Mine kept me from having to get a hotel room last year during the massive heat wave we had in the Pacific Northwest.
I know most people casually scrolling probably don't have an FSA, but maybe someone who needs it will see it, you never know.
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srslyarts · 4 months
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Some radio boys because I think they need more love and I miss them <3
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newyorkthegoldenage · 5 months
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While other subway passengers sweat in the hot and humid underground station, Paul Forman appears cool and comfortable in the experimental air-conditioned train that made its first run on July 9, 1956. The test run, which included six air-conditioned cars and two old cars, was made on the East Side IRT line. The new cars provide soft music, modern design, air cooling units, deodorizers and filters to reduce germs. When the train left Grand Central Station the temperature was 89 degrees Fahrenheit in the old cars while the new cars registered 76.5 degrees.
So what happened to the soft music, deodorizers, and germ filters?
Photo: Harry Harris for the AP via tucson.com
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that1betch · 1 year
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Everything she says here is a great example of how the western world assumes industrial technology is required to achieve comfortable living, but that isn't true at all.
There are sustainable ways to live comfortably, industrial technology just requires extra steps and environmental destruction.
Industry is only making this worse with climate change. We need to stop industry if we're going to survive.
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gemgodddess · 5 months
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Self Evaporating Portable Air Conditioner
When you find a self evaporating portable air conditioner at the store, you might be intrigued to know what it is and what the advantages are that it provides when compared to a regular cooling device.
One of the main advantages of these devices is that there is no need to empty or drain its water container.
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Hello everyone! New to tumblr haha
This is an origami Aziraphale and Crowley from the Good Omens eden wall scene, both figures are folded from the same uncut square sheet
@neil-gaiman
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goosetooths · 2 years
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here’s a lil comic i made recently with ao3’s annathehank— TRADITIONS! in which a demon bluffs really hard to get an angel to kiss him and the angel sees right through it but takes him up on it anyway. i hope you enjoy! :D
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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, air-conditioning accounts for nearly a fifth of annual U.S. residential electricity use. This is more energy for cooling overall and per capita than in any other nation. Most Americans consider the cost of energy only in terms of their electricity bills. But it’s also costing us the planet. Joe Biden’s announcement to shift toward a renewable energy infrastructure obscures the uncertainty of whether that infrastructure could meet Americans’ outrageously high energy demand—much of it for cooling that doesn’t save lives. Renewable energy infrastructure can take us only so far. The rest of the work is cultural. From Freon to HFCs, we keep replacing chemical refrigerants without taking a hard look at why we’re cooling in the first place.
Comfort cooling began not as a survival strategy but as a business venture. It still carries all those symbolic meanings, though its currency now works globally, cleaving the world into civilized cooling and barbaric heat. Despite what we assume, as a means of weathering a heat wave, individual air-conditioning is terribly ineffective. It works only for those who can afford it. But even then, their use in urban areas only makes the surrounding micro-climate hotter, sometimes by a factor of 10ºF, actively threatening the lives of those who don’t have access to cooling. (The sociologist Eric Klinenberg has brilliantly studied how, in a 1995 Chicago heat wave, about twice as many people died than in a comparable heat wave forty years earlier due to the city’s neglect of certain neighborhoods and social infrastructure.) Ironically, research suggests that exposure to constant air-conditioning can prevent our bodies from acclimatizing to hot weather, so those who subject themselves to “thermal monotony” are, in the end, making themselves more vulnerable to heat-related illness.
The troubled history of air-conditioning suggests not that we chuck it entirely but that we focus on public cooling, on public comfort, rather than individual cooling, on individual comfort. Ensuring that the most vulnerable among the planet’s human inhabitants can keep cool through better access to public cooling centers, shade-giving trees, safe green spaces, water infrastructure to cool, and smart design will not only enrich our cities overall, it will lower the temperature for everyone. It’s far more efficient this way.
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moveslikebucky · 1 month
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in starlit nights (I saw you)
Hello my friends me and @ouidasart are so excited to bring you a new spooky AU just in time for Halloween!
This is a gothic horror AU, a la Turning of the Screw and those type of stories. This is chapter 1 of 2, and the second chapter will be up in a few weeks!
Please mind the tags, but also know that I promise only the happiest of endings for our heroes <3 There's a snippet below, but the full fic can be read on AO3 at the link in the replies!
This was written for the monthly AWSN prompt “Haunted House” in the @allthatslithers discord server <3
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The train rumbled along the tracks as Crowley stared out the window.  The sun hit the autumn leaves so beautifully, flashes of red and gold and yellow, an impressionist painting through the glass.  He watched as the little farms went by, with their tiny dots of cows and chickens, living their lives blissfully unaware of any kind of pain.
He sneered at it, the beautiful cobblestone pastoral picture in front of him.  No, it was no match for his pent up anger and sadness.  Crowley pulled the window cover down and curled up in his seat.
“It’s for your health,” his mom had told him.  He’d been so depressed and anxious since this past semester at uni had finished.  And surely some time away would be just the thing.  Still, Crowley had seen the way his father wouldn’t meet his gaze, saw him slip twenty quid to the driver who took him to the train station.  
He was a disgrace to the family, caught on his knees in the dorm lavatories with a cock down his throat.  Of course, nothing was happening to Lucas.  His parents were progressives.  But Crowley’s were old money, stretching back generations.  No, it wouldn’t do, they had to do something about their problem child.
Crowley was depressed, of course.  Anxious as well.  But he wondered if it ever crossed their minds that maybe, just maybe, having to hide who he was to suit their public image might be a reason for that.
So, off to Tadfield Manor.  The old family summer home in the north of Scotland.  Fresh air would do him wonders , his mom had said.  The distance, he was sure, would do them wonders as well.  
Tadfield Manor had been in the family for generations, long since the Victorian era.  It was the favourite haunt of his great-grandfather, Lord Anthony C. Crowley, whom he had been named after.  He’d always preferred just going by his surname; sounded more punk.
Crowley sighed heavily, shutting his eyes against the stream of sunlight through the trees along the track, deciding to pass as much of the remaining journey asleep as he could.  
If he were lucky, he wouldn’t dream about that fucker Lucas.
[Continue reading on AO3, link in the replies!]
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srslyarts · 7 months
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“Awwww.  Have you seen me in a skirt?” “Culloden. 1745.”
A little something featuring radio boys for the April’s prompt “past” on the book omens server!
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flameslikeanything · 2 years
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tfw you realize Aziraphale isn’t the one with a thing for bad boys, Crowley is.
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cutebuoy · 5 months
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Self Evaporating Portable Air Conditioner
Portable AC units need to have their tank drained frequently, whereas fully self evaporating portable air conditioners do not, due to a clever design modification that re-evaporates the condensate and exhausts it out the vent hose..
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vintageadsmakemehappy · 3 months
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1953 Chrysler Airtemp air conditioning advertising
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