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Friday, June 29, 2012

Beating the Heat - DIY

While it is cute, this picture is a bit more factious than realistic - but the truth isn't looking any better. 

Today's High was 105°F at 3:45pm when conditions were Partly Cloudy

See what I mean?!

While doing a bit of research for some creative ways to stay cool this summer (that I haven't already covered in previous posts), I came across two that made a lot of sense but that I hadn't really thought of before!  

1)  Make a DIY air conditioner. Put a metal bowl of ice in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. Or, use one or more 2 liter bottles and fill them mostly full of water, freeze them, then place them in a large bowl (to catch dripping water). Position a fan to blow on them. As the ice in the bottles melts, the air cools around them. The fan will blow that air at you. The water in the bottles can be frozen overnight and used again repeatedly. You can also turn on your stove fan (on the ventilator hood) or open up your chimney flue. These will also draw hot air out of the house and pull cooler evening air into the house. 

2) Put smooth white fabrics over anything in your house that's fuzzy. For example, you could cover corduroy pillows with white satin pillowcases for summer, put linen slipcovers over wool sofas, or just throw white sheets over furniture. Light-colored fabric will reflect heat instead of absorbing it, and the smooth texture will give you an impression of coolness. 

How are you beating the heat this scorching summer?

For more great ideas on staying cool during this scorching summer, check out Wiki How!   


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