Keeping Cool Without A/C

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by TheBrumstead, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. TheBrumstead

    TheBrumstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Hobart, IN
    Forget the coops for a minute, what about your living quarters?? It's 96 outside right now, and 81 in my house. We don't have the a/c on and I don't intend to turn it on unless we absolutely have to. I'm a stay-at-home-mom with a 2 year old. We're doing just fine! Although some of my friends think we're nuts. But they don't have to pay our electric bill [​IMG]

    Here's what I'm doing:

    During the day -

    Close all windows
    Close all blinds
    Ceiling fans on medium or high
    Floor fan sitting on the table with a frozen bowl of water in front of it
    Cool rinse offs in the shower
    Use ice in drinks
    Don't use oven

    At night -

    Open windows
    Put floor fan in front of the bathroom window to push cooler air down the hall
    Keep ceiling fans on
    Re-freeze water for tomorrow [​IMG]

    Is there anything I haven't listed that you do?
  2. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    Can I come over???
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Wiping one's arms and legs with a wet washcloth while sitting in front of a fan. That's what I used to do as a teenager when we had no A/C. Sure feels good!
    Not a problem here in Humboldt, Ca. Gray and foggy and 52 degrees. I miss a bit of heat - you know, the grass is always greener...but when it does get over 70 around here, everyone melts!
  4. BookWorm243

    BookWorm243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2010
    Franklin, NC
    I don't think your nuts, we keep our house at 80 before we turn the A/C on. We do the same thing, close the blinds, turn on the fans, and try to do things in the basement where it is cooler [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  5. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    Gosh I commend you. It is 100 degrees here today and I would have to hang out with the chickens and sit by the frozen water bottles if I didn't have a/c.[​IMG]
  6. TheBrumstead

    TheBrumstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Hobart, IN

    Quote:We used to have the a/c set at 79, so not that bad really. My rabbit was moved to the basement a few months ago and she is loving the near constant temp!
  7. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    The temperature outside is 92 degrees. But without any AC, inside the house it is 70 degrees, very comfortable. Our basement is very large and cool, and we use a fan to blow that cool air up out of the basement into the rest of the house. Works perfectly! A fan uses much less power than the AC.
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You are stronger than I am, that's for sure.... I turned on the ac when it hit 75 outside. I'd open all the windows at night to let in the 50F air... but the dang grass pollen in the willamette valley is killer.

    Forking over the $$ so I don't have to be a loradine filled, sneezing, overheating, red-eyed, runny nosed, cranky-box sitting in front of a fan with a box of tissues.

    I grew up where shorts and tanks come out if it is over 50F for the high, and socks under your sandles are normal. LOL
  9. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
    Quote:Same here!! [​IMG]
  10. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    I went for a long, long time here in Georgia with no AC. The thing that will wear you down is trying to sleep when you are hot. Right before you go to bed take a cool shower, stand there in the shower a few seconds to let the bulk of the water drain off but don't don't dry off with a towel, get in bed with a fan blowing on you.

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