5 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning
No AC? No Problem!
You don't have to have AC to stay cool during the dog-days of summer. All it takes is a little ingenuity and creativity...and sometimes a little cash helps. Here are 5 things you can do to beat the heat. Some are free, others involve spending a little for a few hours of relief, but all will give you welcome coolness during the hottest part of the day.
#1 Cheap Way to Stay Cool
What you will need:
- a fan
- a bathing suit
- a t-shirt
- a towel
Step 1 - Put on your bathing suit with the t-shirt over it.
Step 2 - Take a cold shower and soak yourself thoroughly...don't dry off.
Step 3 - Position the fan to face you while you watch TV and turn it on high. If you have a ceiling fan, position a chair directly underneath it.
Step 4 - Place the towel on the chair or sofa you will be sitting on.
Step 5 - Sit in front of the fan and enjoy a movie or read a book.
Step 6 - Repeat all steps if you get too dry.
This is a fantastic way to stay cool when you have no air conditioning. When I was pregnant, and due, with my first child, it was 105 degrees in the shade and we had no AC. I dreamed up this method of cooling off by necessity and it worked great. If you need to get up and get things done, use a swivel fan or a small portable fan to carry around with you to different rooms as you move around the house.
#2 See a Movie
$ - $$
Movie theaters are always cool. There are usually lots of great movies playing during the summer season, so take advantage of the offerings and go see movie. If you have a second-run theater in your area, you can spend the whole day watching movies and not spend very much money. Our local dollar-theater offers movies for only $.50 cents on Mondays and less than $2 on other days. What a deal! Even if you visit a full-price theater, you will have had a great time and will have kept cool for a couple of hours. Skip the over-priced popcorn and soda to keep the costs down.
#3 Go to the Library
Take a trip to the library. Most libraries are air conditioned, so they are a good location to cool down. Find a quiet corner and curl up with a book from your favorite author. Bring the kids and let them read or participate in children's programs at the library. Listen to books on tape or browse the internet on the libraries computers.
Night at the Museum
Go to a Museum
Museums are air conditioned, and they are fun. Check their website to see if they are hosting any cool events on the day you plan to go. Sometimes you can take part in hands-on discovery programs for the kids, an IMAX film or other fun activities. You will need money for admission. Other additional costs might include lunch, purchase of items at the museum store, or fees for special programs.
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#4 Find Water
Find any body of water or nearby spray park, fountain or sprinkler. Put on your bathing suit and jump in. Most cities have municipal pools or beaches, but some cities will actually open the spigots on the fire hydrants on hot days. The pools or beaches are usually very low cost to residents, and the fire hydrants are free. Some hotels will open their pools up to the public for a fee. If you are lucky enough to live near the beach, lakes, ponds or rivers, pack up and spend the day in the cool water.
#5 Go Shopping!
The mall is a very popular place on a hot day. You can have lunch, window shop at the expensive boutiques, check out the clearance racks at the department stores. Who knows, you may even find a few bargains to make the day worth while. To mitigate your damages, leave your credit card at home. Take out enough cash to have fun with (well, maybe a little more than that) and relax, sipping iced tea at the food court.