10 ways to beat the heat with no air conditioning

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If your home is generally cool even in the summer you may have never bothered purchasing an air conditioner. But with extreme heat waves occurring you may now be wondering how you can beat the heat without one. Here is a list of ways you can survive through the heat.

Ways To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

  1. Go swimming. If you are someone who lives in the country this should be as simple as going to the nearest beach. If it is a public beach why not spend a lot of time there and cool off. For city dwellers you may have to either travel outside the city or head to the nearest public pool.
  2. Take a trip to the mall for a day of shopping it may put a dent in your pocketbook but at the mall the air-conditioning is free for all. After all stores know a comfortable customer is more likely to buy than a sweaty sticky one.
  3. If you have a basement in your home why not spend some time in it. If you have a pool table, etc even better if it is just clutter why not go through some old photo albums and other things down there while enjoying the coolness.
  4. Take a cold shower, if your squeamish try a slightly warm shower or a cool bath. If you do this around nightfall it works best as the temperature outside will be starting to go down and it will help you sleep comfortably. You could do this a few times in a day if needed.
  5. Do some overtime at work. If you work in an office chances are they have air-conditioning. Why not make some extra money in a cool environment.
  6. Go grocery shopping. You will be getting an errand out of the way while at the same time enjoying not only the cool air-conditioning but also the frozen food aisles! If you choose a large department store after your groceries you could browse through other items available or things you may need.
  7. Go for a drive or road trip. Have you been planning to go sight seeing or on a trip but haven't gotten around to it? Take the car and go during the hot days. This solution is of course based on the fact that your car has air-conditioning.
  8. Go to McDonald's! Over the last few years this restaurant chain has been offering free wireless Internet at their locations. So grab your laptop and head over, maybe have a bite to eat and then spend a cool afternoon surfing the net.
  9. Use several fans. If you place more then one fan in a room directly on yourself this can help relieve the heat for a time.
  10. Buy an air-conditioner. If all else fails you may as well give in to your families angry demands and simply get an air-conditioner. If you are worried about your electric bill use it sparingly. If it is a super heatwave use it then, if just a normal day leave it off.

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kaceofbase 4 years ago

I live in south Louisiana and our AC unit completely went out. Wonderful suggestions, as I am sitting in front of a fan right now. ;)


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Good points! Another way is to find a nice, shady tree and read a good book!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

kaceofbase - it has been a bad bout of heat so far this summer, I guess it is taking its toll on a lot of air-conditioning units! Hope you get relief soon, thanks for reading :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

WillStarr - true that would be some great relaxation, I think I may do that today! Thanks for the suggestion :)


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Some trees actually cool themselves via evapotranspiration, so why not take advantage?


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point2make 4 years ago

Excellent tips. Sometimes, during a sustained heat wave, we forget about the little things that can help. Thanks .


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Great suggestions! We have central heating and A/C, but also ceiling fans in the living, dining and bedrooms. Not only do they help circulate the cooled air, they also work to make a cooling breeze when the unit is not on, saving electricity from running the A/C so much.

We are senior citizens, so are not fans of public pools with all the "rug rats" jumping and splashing without watching where they are going, but we do have a mist system installed in the carport, and 3 ceiling fans out there, as well, so between the mist and the fans, it can make about a 20 degree difference.

Your tips are great--except for #6--I'd reverse the order--shop in the department store BEFORE you buy groceries, so if you have bought perishables, they won't spoil or melt while you do other shopping.

Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Great ideas! I love this hub. Living in Hawaii gives me a reason to do #1 often. Haha, but your other suggestions are just as good! Great work, Terrektwo. Voted up, useful, shared, etc.


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fresh2def05 4 years ago from Louisville, Ky

Great tips! especially now that its getting hotter. This was a very well timed hub that i found very usefull.


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klurbauer 4 years ago from Brink of Insanity ;)

Nice hub with some great tips. We have a/c, but it's working overtime in this heat lately and not always able to keep the house all that comfortable, especially during the hottest part of the day. We've been spending a lot of time in the basement lately to escape the heat. And I love the McDonald's suggestion. I knew they offered free wifi, but it had kind of slipped my mind, so thanks for the reminder. Voted up!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

WillStarr - that is something I didn't know, thanks you I will :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

point2make - no problem, thanks for reading too :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

DzyMsLizzy - that is true, I must not have been thinking with the grocery one I will edit that. thank you for pointing it out and for reading :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

brittanytodd - it must be nice to live in Hawaii though. That would be my dream vacation spot! Thanks for the vote up and reading :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

fresh2def05 - figured I would write what's needed for the here and now, thanks for reading!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

klurbauer - yep it is a way to get out of the house and the restaurant encourages it. On an average day when there is a lot of people there I have seen several people with their laptops out :)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Some good suggestions here. In extreme summer it is difficult wthout an AC, even in cars. What I do is Cool just one room, let the rest of the place heat up. Voted up.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

dinkan53 - great idea, that room would be great and cool!


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

A wonderful list, very green and practical. I think these are all what people should be up to if we want to help save the environment. Most people still use AC in the car when driving at night time, when it could be a good chance to feel fresh air. Very useful hub. I'm voting up, useful and interesting. Thank you.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Tonipet - it can help save electricity and the environment that is true. Thanks for the vote up and for reading :)

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