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    Letter from America #17: Air Con Envy

    It’s hot. Damn hot. And because we are an eco-conscious sort of family we don’t believe in Air Conditioning. Why burn ancient sunlight to power some relief from today’s? In midsummer we close and curtain the windows before the sun comes up, trapping the cool night air while the outside sizzles. That works fine for temperatures into the lower 90s, but we’ve had three 100 degree (37.7 euros) days in a row now and our system only works until lunchtime.

    On days like these we start to get Air Con Envy – and consider burning some fossil fuels and our principles in the name of reason. We work at home so we don’t have the option of simply lying on the floor under a ceiling fan with wet flannels on our foreheads. However we will never break down to the point where we would actually buy an air conditioner, hell no. Here are our options:

    1. Ask a neighbour if we can pop round and bask in their cool AC house and use their wifi. Despite the fact that they have offered, it still seems a bit cheeky and it would mean wasting time with obligatory socialising.
    2. Drive to the AC public library and pretend we’re studying – but what if everyone else has the same idea?
    3. Sit in an AC café and order iced tea every hour by way of rent. Seems a bit rude, considering we aren’t exactly regular customers.
    4. Move to the basement. I tried this and found the air to be a comfortable temperature. Unfortunately it’s also mouldy and after a couple of hours my throat started to close up, so I abandoned it.
    5. Body of water. Ultimately this is the only solution: abandon work at 3pm and jump in the nearest lake or river. Less productive, but more refreshing.


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    Try dampening sheets and hanging them in front of the windows. Works a treat. The dampness evaporates from the sheets in the heat, cooling the air surrounding them. We've used this trick in the Caribbean, East Africa, the Arab Peninsula and even here in Britain where homes are set up to keep the warmth in, not out.

    July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Kebble

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