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Surviving Heat without AC

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Surviving Heat without AC

My apartment has no AC and I'm only able to keep a window fan to keep circulation going in my high rise apartment but it feels like all it's doing is sucking in hot air. Is it better to endure the heat or have keep the fan on at least to keep circulation going? Or should I be pushing the stale air out?
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The sense of being cool is due to the evaporation of sweat and moisture (that's why a dryer environment feels cooler than a more humid one). Have the fan blow directly on you. For better circulation, you may look at getting window fans that blow in and out. I sometimes position a big box fan for that purpose.

Also get something to measure the temperature and relative humidity inside and outside is. If outside is higher, no use opening the windows.
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Is installing any type of A/C not an option at all? Can you get a portable A/C that shoots exhaust out the window where you put your window fan? There's really no replacement for an A/C in hot environments. There are always people getting rid of portable A/Cs online, could pick up a cheap one and enjoy it when it goes above 30C....
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coilz wrote: Is installing any type of A/C not an option at all? Can you get a portable A/C that shoots exhaust out the window where you put your window fan? There's really no replacement for an A/C in hot environments. There are always people getting rid of portable A/Cs online, could pick up a cheap one and enjoy it when it goes above 30C....
this.

Window or portable options are readily available.

When i lived in an apartment with no AC i bought a window unit and placed it over the balcony to avoid the risk of it falling to the ground below.
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Supercooled wrote: My apartment has no AC and I'm only able to keep a window fan to keep circulation going in my high rise apartment but it feels like all it's doing is sucking in hot air. Is it better to endure the heat or have keep the fan on at least to keep circulation going? Or should I be pushing the stale air out?
I have central AC in my apartment and don't turn it on in case it circulates the virus, so I have a portable fan in each room. Not hot enough yet, else I'll just add a wet towel around my neck.
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place ice in front of the fan and sit close to it.
freeze blocks of ice in plastic containers or large water bottles. the larger/ thicker the ice is the longer it will last. have a few blocks in the freezer ready to go.

an engineer actually did calculations to see how well it worked
https://burakkanber.com/blog/cooling-a- ... lculation/
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Supercooled wrote: My apartment has no AC and I'm only able to keep a window fan to keep circulation going in my high rise apartment but it feels like all it's doing is sucking in hot air. Is it better to endure the heat or have keep the fan on at least to keep circulation going? Or should I be pushing the stale air out?
What you need is a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in air leaving dry/drier air. Dry air makes you feel cool and reduced sweating as it wicks moisture off your skin. Results in the feeling of a few degrees F difference. Plus a blowing fan of dehumidified air helps the cooling effect.
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aznnorth wrote: What you need is a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in air leaving dry/drier air. Dry air makes you feel cool and reduced sweating as it wicks moisture off your skin. Results in the feeling of a few degrees F difference. Plus a blowing fan of dehumidified air helps the cooling effect.
Since a dehumidifier and a air conditional are very similar (condense water vapour with a cool coil) with the exception that an a/c discharges the heat outside (via venting of some means) and a dehumidifier just dumps heat in situ, the OP might as well go for an a/c. The portable heat pump A/Cs (such as my old Haier - never used in my current house) are versatile in that they produce heat, cool air, and dehumidify as well as circulate air. Just get on that has separate air intake and exhaust tubes for better efficiency.
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My husband and I said we weren't going to get an AC until July of last year when we just couldn't deal with the 30 degree temps. We caved and bought a portable and it's been the best purchase of the year and I have no regrets.

We live in an apartment too and use something similar to this:
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/rca-8000-b ... 0199784035

Small, yet powerful enough to keep us from killing each other in the heat.
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Installing a/c in my house was the best investment I ever made. I used to have to sleep with the fan right next to my head and I was still hot! After years of complaining about lack of A/C my wife finally let me get one installed after we adopted a cat and she was worried the cat might get too hot. I should have adopted a cat years ago...Face With Tears Of Joy
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notenoughsleep wrote: Installing a/c in my house was the best investment I ever made. I used to have to sleep with the fan right next to my head and I was still hot! After years of complaining about lack of A/C my wife finally let me get one installed after we adopted a cat and she was worried the cat might get too hot. I should have adopted a cat years ago...Face With Tears Of Joy

what kind of AC did U get?

congrats on adopting a cat Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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Catnippy wrote: I have central AC in my apartment and don't turn it on in case it circulates the virus, so I have a portable fan in each room. Not hot enough yet, else I'll just add a wet towel around my neck.
?? Central AC normally does not mean the air circulates to the other apartments. The "central" part is usually the compressor on the roof but the cooling coils are in your own unit and your fan only circulates within your own unit.
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Supercooled wrote: My apartment has no AC and I'm only able to keep a window fan to keep circulation going in my high rise apartment but it feels like all it's doing is sucking in hot air. Is it better to endure the heat or have keep the fan on at least to keep circulation going? Or should I be pushing the stale air out?
It is better to get a 5 or 6,000 BTU unit for your bedroom and install it in the window if the building management permits it. $200 bucks or so. They can be a bit tricky to install - I did a couple for friends last year. Your super may have some tips or even a bracket for the windows.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: ?? Central AC normally does not mean the air circulates to the other apartments. The "central" part is usually the compressor on the roof but the cooling coils are in your own unit and your fan only circulates within your own unit.
Is that true even for buildings about 30 years old? I have a fan in each room, but the current heat wave is suffocating!
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Catnippy wrote: Is that true even for buildings about 30 years old? I have a fan in each room, but the current heat wave is suffocating!
Of course, if you live in an apartment building! If one air supply fed all apartments, imagine all the smoke, noise, and odours that would circulate from unit to unit. It would also represent a fire hazard and would not be allowed under the building code.

But if you have a room in a house, the same air does circulate to all the rooms if the house has central heating and air conditioning..
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Stay hydrated. Run your bathroom exhaust fan during the hottest periods of the day.
Have a fan that you can direct it's cool breeze on you or sit under a ceiling fan.
If you feel the need to open a window during the daytime, have a fan in the window blowing hotter air from inside your apartment outside.
Allowing the fan to bring in the more humid outside air may actually make your apartment hotter.
At nighttime when it cools, open windows and have a fan bringing the cooler air inside.
I've found these open windows at night do give me sore throat but everyone is different.
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Supercooled wrote: My apartment has no AC and I'm only able to keep a window fan to keep circulation going in my high rise apartment but it feels like all it's doing is sucking in hot air. Is it better to endure the heat or have keep the fan on at least to keep circulation going? Or should I be pushing the stale air out?
Interesting problem with the avatar "Supercooled".

Soak small towels in cold water and hang around your neck tight to your skin. The cold towel will cool down your blood as it circulates through your body.
Black out curtains to keep the heat from the sun out. Ice bucket in front of your fan.

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