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#68527 - 07/05/06 02:01 PM Re: Staying cool with lo-tech?

Oh yeah, one more thing. Keeping a ceiling fan on or having a box fan pointed at you can help a lot also.

#68528 - 07/06/06 07:41 PM Re: Staying cool with lo-tech?
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Back when I was in an aartment, I would go out during the hottest part of the day -- grocery shopping, library swimming, etc.


#68529 - 07/08/06 04:44 AM Re: Staying cool with lo-tech?
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Registered: 02/16/06
Posts: 144
Loc: Kingman AZ
Having grown up in the Arizona desert, with no A/C for most of my life, I'm an expert on this subject. Loose fitting cotton (or other organic fibers) clothes (RE Lawrence of Arabia) and plenty of fluids. If you have a fan all the better, and if it gets too bad, wet the little tykes head and let the fan cool his head.

Nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics are heat sinks and actually absorb heat from the air. That's why airline strewardesses greatest injury in an airplane crash is burns to the legs.

Natural fibers absorb the moisture from persperation and allow it to evaporate evenly providing natural cooling.
The head dissipates more heat than any part of the body and wet hair will cause the most effective cooling providing there is air flow.

I camp in the Arizona desert in the summer, with a 7 an 9 year old to teach them summer survival and we haven't had a bad time yet.

Loose cotton clothes and Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
What you know isn't as important as knowing what you don't know

#68530 - 07/09/06 11:03 AM Re: Staying cool with lo-tech?
paulr Offline

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 448
If you have a fan blowing directly on you and squirt a little cold water mist on yourself from a spray bottle, that's pretty cool. Also, drink ice water, it takes your mind away from the heat.

#68531 - 07/11/06 03:23 AM Re: Staying cool with lo-tech?
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Put a fan in the lowest window on the shadiest side of the house, blowing inward. If you can wet the bushes and grass on that side, so much the better.

Put a second fan in the highest window on the opposite side of the house blowing OUTWARD.

Prevent the kids from running around in the heat. Sounds obvious, but when I lived in Las Vegas I saw it all the time.


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