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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

On the same lines as essential oils, I shaved my armpits and legs this morning and used Mr Mans foam. It is mint fragrenced/flavoured and I got a rather nice chilly blast on both areas as I walked along our hall to get dressed. I wonder if I could rub it in?
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Loathe as I am to be a real perv, or ask a Sutteresque-question : what you are wearing, how many of the guys are wearing shorts in the workplace ?

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On the same lines as essential oils, I shaved my armpits and legs this morning and used Mr Mans foam. It is mint fragrenced/flavoured and I got a rather nice chilly blast on both areas as I walked along our hall to get dressed. I wonder if I could rub it in?
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

Keep your flat as dark as possible, I even used to put tin-foil on the windows when I lived in the desert, which reflects all sunshine.
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Old 24.06.2008, 16:17
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

Playing knee-bending riffs on the electric guitar...

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Old 24.06.2008, 16:24
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what you are wearing, how many of the guys are wearing shorts in the workplace ?
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... but it is 30°C at 8:am in here. Huge South-Easterly windows (2.4 meters tall and wide) and a flat roof above me.

Basically my place is open all night. Fans circulating the cool air in. Closed windows and dark curtains during the day (still hot). Last night the heat (+30°C) stayed in (unwelcomed) till after 11m.

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Old 24.06.2008, 16:25
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

I leave the windows open whenever I'm home - blinds down but open, at least during the day. I've been doing that since about the second week of March though; it has little to do with temperature control and much to do with avoiding that trapped-in-a-shoebox feeling.

Other than that: drink lots of mint tea. (I was surprised to find it's more refreshing at room temperature than it is chilled.) Granted that's not a way to keep the house cool exactly, but then again, does the house care?
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

That ain't gunna work. If you have a real man's amp, the valves will glow with heat and if you are any good , the chick you are entertaining will radiate hotter still.

Even if you are listening to music, then you will need to switch out of Class-A to feel Return Of The Cool with Chet.

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Old 24.06.2008, 16:27
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

Approx. 5.45 I go round the flat opening blinds and all windows.
When I say open, I mean really open. I have little bags filled with rice (I think) stop them blowing shut.
Approx. 6.15 close blinds on the eastern side but leave windows open. Leave west blinds and windows open. 8.00 close windows on east side. Leave west open.
12.00 close blinds and windows on west side.
13.30 open blinds on east side. depending on temperature open windows on east side (mostly not - air still too hot). Otherwise open east windows at about 18.00
19.25 open blinds on west side (sun goes behind a tall house and then behind the hill) 20.30 open windows on west side.
If it gets REALLY warm, I mist spray the flowers on the balcony (they are shaded by the blinds) and the blinds themselves too. If the flat warms up too much inside, I wash over the tiled hall floor and leave it fairly damp. Some physicist can explain why it cools the air down as the moisture evaporates...

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Old 24.06.2008, 16:34
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

There was once a friend and his family.

They turned on the shower only with cold water. The cold water from the shower head removes warmth from the air, thus cooling the surrounding air.

They had a series of electric fans that directed the cooled air from the shower into the living area of their apartment.

Was really impressed with his "cool" idea. When I tried it, my landlord had a temper tantrum. Even if to cool only the WC so I can have a cool schitt.

Since, I purchased an air conditioner. The portable type. Works great for small to normal sized (Swiss standard) rooms. Larger rooms must have two or three of these energy suckers.
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Old 24.06.2008, 16:45
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Since, I purchased an air conditioner. The portable type. Works great for small to normal sized (Swiss standard) rooms. Larger rooms must have two or three of these energy suckers.
How do they work exactly? do you have to stick a hose out of the window to get the warm air out?
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Old 24.06.2008, 16:47
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

My techniques are to open the windows (amazing i know)

have cool showers

sit on the balcony, its normally cooler.

sleep on top of duvet with a decent insect repellent gizmo plugged in

if not a cool shower, just wash the feet in cold water before bed, it works wonders.
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Old 24.06.2008, 16:51
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Keep your flat as dark as possible, I even used to put tin-foil on the windows when I lived in the desert, which reflects all sunshine.
The key is not to keep the apartment as cool as possible, but your own head. So instead of putting the tin-foil on the window, you better wrap it around your head or at leats wear a reflecting hat:

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That's Kilgore, not Kurtz, you genius....
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How do they work exactly? do you have to stick a hose out of the window to get the warm air out?
Yes.

I use the duct that is in place to remove air from around the stove. There is a 100 mm hole and duct (to the outside, stream side of the house where it is *cooler). I placed a fan from Conrad (in the direction to the outside) in the duct and a 8 meter flexible hose to the A/C (always in the upwards direction).

When the A/C is on, the fan is pulling the hot air from the A/C and pushing it 10 meters strait duct to the outside. *It is cooler outside on that side of the building, the warm air seeks the cooler... thus Mother Nature is helping!

Negative side is, the studio here is too big with 4 meter ceiling and these huge windows. The A/C cools only the area around the desk (which is sometimes - like today - not enough).
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Approx. 5.45 I go round the flat opening blinds and all windows.
When I say open, I mean really open. I have little bags filled with rice (I think) stop them blowing shut.
Approx. 6.15 close blinds on the eastern side but leave windows open. Leave west blinds and windows open. 8.00 close windows on east side. Leave west open.
12.00 close blinds and windows on west side.
13.30 open blinds on east side. depending on temperature open windows on east side (mostly not - air still too hot). Otherwise open east windows at about 18.00
19.25 open blinds on west side (sun goes behind a tall house and then behind the hill) 20.30 open windows on west side.
If it gets REALLY warm, I mist spray the flowers on the balcony (they are shaded by the blinds) and the blinds themselves too. If the flat warms up too much inside, I wash over the tiled hall floor and leave it fairly damp. Some physicist can explain why it cools the air down as the moisture evaporates...

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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

Close up all the shutter by 9 a.m. and go hide in our Visitors bathroom. Very cool and Fresh in there.

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Take one large bucket.
Fill bucket with cold water and ice.
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Old 24.06.2008, 17:13
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So, the closet perv and hidden Sutter in Dave emerges in the heat...

(Off topic! Off topic! Too much information!)

How did i come into it

Ok i keep all my shutters down to keep our place cool
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Old 24.06.2008, 17:40
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

Half fill a PET bottle and then freeze it during the day, at night I put it in bed and it cools things down... reverse idea of the hot water bottle that I adore in winter...

Plus I have aircon
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Re: How do you keep your house cool?

I would suggest the 'special' cooling agent , available at Coop . Comes in a handy 500 ml can . When the cans are full and chilled , they cool down the room . Once the contents are cleared , you won't even care that it is hot .
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