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How to Survive Summer without an AC

Not having an air conditioning during summer can be a problem. However, it is possible to stay cool in your home during the warm summer months using other methods. You can avoid the heat and save money as well, using the following tricks in order to survive summer without an AC.

1.Close all the windows

Most of you will say that this is a bad idea, but this is not true. Usually, if you open the windows during the day, you just let in a little bit of breeze, but mostly let in sunshine and hot air that will make your house really hot. Instead, you can do this: while the sun is out, close all the windows and preferably blinds as well. Then, when the sun sets, open all the windows right up, and relish the refreshing night air. After a few days of doing this, you will lower the whole place’s baseline temperature. Congratulations, you have now created your own ecosystem.

2.Drink water

Drinking cold water will cool you down, and adding some lemon and/or mint to it makes it work even better. But regardless of cold water’s cooling properties, it is very important that you remember to drink a lot of it. You will probably sweat a lot and that means it is very easy to get dehydrated.

3.Cold showers

Water is a precious resource and maybe you think that having 2 or 3 showers a day will be a (little) bit too much, but have you ever thought about how much energy people with an AC consume? However, having three cold showers a day will definitely cool you down.

4.Go outside

I know you will think that outside is where the sun and the heat are, but that’s not a bad idea at all. Even though it is hot outside, at least it is a different kind of hot than your house. Have a walk under the trees, in a park, look at the leaves and have a glass of lemonade.

5.Use a fan to get a breeze

A fan can be really useful, but having two is even better. Place them in opposite parts of the room to get a cross-breeze going. This creates coldness by moving the air throughout your room and when it gets really hot, you can stand for a bit between the two fans and spin around slowly in order to cool yourself down. Some say that if you place a bowl of ice in front of each fan, you will make the air even cooler.

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