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Top 10 Ways To Stay Cool (Without Air Conditioning)

Top 10 Ways To Stay Cool (Without Air Conditioning)

It’s heat wave season, and all across the continent, people are doing their best to beat the heat. The Ninjas have compiled this little list of their favorite ways to cool down, without the use of an air conditioner. Air conditioners are no friend to the environment; they use up massive amounts of electricity, and they release toxic refrigerant chemicals into the air.

1. First and foremost – stay hydrated. Drink lots and lots of cold water, and try to avoid the sugary beverages. Filling your glass with ice may be a temptation, but remember that your body works overtime to warm up ice water, which in turn makes you even hotter, from the inside out.

2. Super soak your cottons! Soak your socks, a t-shirt, or even a towel, wring them out and put them on your body! A wet shirt on in front of a fan can keep you cool for at least an hour. Wrap that wet towel around your head and your core temperature will drop!

3. Fill a couple sandwich bags with ice, wrap them in a face cloth, then bind that icy pack around your wrists. Your wrists are a major thoroughfare for your bloodstream, so the ice will send chills through your whole body.

4. Stay in the lower part of your house. Heat rises.

5. The sun is at it’s most intense between 11AM and 3PM. If you can avoid going outside during a heat wave between these hours, you will manage to stay a lot cooler. If you do have to go out during the hottest hours, keep covered up!

6. Put your home on a heat-beating schedule. At night, open your windows and use fans to create a cross-breeze, which will circulate the cooler night air. In the morning when the sun rears its smiling face, close all windows, blinds, and curtains, and keep doors and windows closed throughout the day until it is cooler outside than it is inside.

7. Eat smaller, greener meals. Big meals with tons of protein use a lot of your energy to digest. That digestive work is going to heat you up from the inside. Eat tons of greens and light meals, and you will do yourself a solid.

8. Fans are a much more eco-friendly alternative to air conditioning, and they’re a fraction of the price too. Hang a cold wet cloth over the fan, and you have a little DIY air conditioner in minutes! If you are feeling more creative, place a large bowl of ice in front of the fan, and it will have the same effect.

9. Go for a swim! If you are lucky enough to live by a lake or the ocean, retreat into nature’s cooling mechanism. If not, many cities have parks with water features, or you can spend an hour or two at the local indoor pool.

10. Embrace the heat. Heat waves can last several weeks, and can be very uncomfortable. However, some people in the world live in intense heat for the better part of the year, and they don’t give it a second thought. You can get used to it, and if you take the necessary precautions, you can learn to live quite normally in unusually warm temperatures.

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  1. Rachel

    July 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    These are good tips to stay cool. It is over 100 where i live, and i just tried the ice on the wrists thing! It really works!!!!!! Thank you for saving me!

  2. eaglewatch1945

    July 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

    #6 is a dangerous idea unless your home is made of mostly brick or stone. DO NOT seal yourself into your home otherwise.

  3. RandomizedSerialTokenizer

    July 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I have suspicions that sitting in front of the fan drenched or wrapping your wrists with ice might give one the sniffles.

  4. InternetComments

    July 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    @ eaglewatch: I disagree with you–#6 is quite prudent, as most homes are insulated sufficiently to keep the cool air in for a substantial amount of time. You’re not going to suffocate unless a) your home consists of 1 small room or b) you live in a Tupperware container.

  5. Creepo

    July 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Rachel, it’d be so awesome if the temperature here drops to your lovely n cool 100 F level. We’re having it over 122 F sometimes in the afternoon.

    You know what, all you people out there are welcomed to my barbecue where we cook on the hood of our black chevy Tahoe. Please join us in the lovely afternoon.

    Yeah, great tips ;D

  6. noyfb

    July 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    @RandomizedSerialTokenizer: Really? Cold air/frozen water causes you to become sick?

    Personally, I subscribe to the Germ Theory of Illness ( ), but whatever works for you!

  7. gockets

    July 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    DON’T use air conditioners, but DO use your freezer to make ice, which you then put in front of a fan? Really? BTW, refrigerators/freezers use just as much energy and contain the same “toxic” refrigerants…

  8. gockets

    July 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    …as air conditioners.

  9. TMR

    July 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    “toxic refrigerant chemicals”?
    Source please!!

    Also, do you people work?
    It’s kind of hard to spend so much time soaking my linens and clothes and opening all of these windows twice a day, go to work, and STILL pay all of these green taxes. Exhausting!

  10. john

    July 14, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    fans can heat you up faster, instead of cooling you off if the temperature of the air is hotter than the temperature of your body.

  11. The Smart One

    July 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    1) ban private jets and airplanes, make it mandatory to have a minimum number of passengers when a plane is on the air

    2)Ban more than one SUV for a family

    3)Ban more than 2 air conditioners in one flat

    4)Have only train services for shorter distances

    5)Plant more trees

    As most of the above are unthinkable, might as well enjoy all the amenities…we are doomed anyway

  12. tropicaltime

    July 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    #9 don’t work so good in humid weather.

  13. Tirzha

    July 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Did you even read the article you posted as you evidence? Fans cool the body through evaporative cooling, which is pretty common sense, so I had to read you link because I couldn’t believe your claim otherwise. Turns out your claim is still false. In the rare event that a fan does cause a death, it is not the fan itself but the fan in conjunction with several other factors. Someone just hanging out on their couch in the summer in front of a fan is pretty safe I’d say.

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