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  1. gemgirl
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    by gemgirl » Jul 28, 2009
    What does everyone do to keep cool in summer time? I''m OK with heat alone, but when the humidity level reaches the 70%, 80% and 90% range like it is now in New York, even our room air conditioners don''t seem to be enough to bring relief. Everything is so sticky.

    I''m counting the days until the end of September.
     
    


    


  2. Hudson_Hawk
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    by Hudson_Hawk » Jul 28, 2009
    I think keeping the air moving is the biggest thing in hot muggy weather. If it''s really bad I''ll couple my ac with a fan. I usually try to stay in one spot with lots of cold beverages, ice and popsicles.
     
  3. MichelleCarmen
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    by MichelleCarmen » Jul 28, 2009
    Right now we have all the windows open. In a few hours, I'm taking the boys swimming at a 1 1/2 hour "open swim" at an indoor pool.

    A few days back I went to turn on the a/c and discovered we do not have it!!! This is the first house in over 4 years that we've lived in w/out it! Eh, my poor fish. I had to put a fan on their tank and stick ice cubes in it [​IMG] An aquarium chiller is over $400! We've only had one of them for two weeks and the other for less than a week. I'm thinking they may not recover from the stress. One even swam backward yesterday [​IMG]
     
  4. Amethyste
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    This year i paid a little extra to buy an A/C with the Dehumidator setting, it makes a world of difference in my muggy apartment. I live in NH and its soooo humid here right now...

    unfortunately, there is not much to keep cool. i do take a shower after dinner so I feel better. the less sticky i feel, the cooler I feel.
    It''s so gross, I feel your pain too!
     
    


    


  5. gemgirl
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    by gemgirl » Jul 28, 2009
    I never heard of that but it sounds like a really great idea to have a dehumidifier built into your air conditioner.
    Can I ask what company makes them? because if we don''t get central air installed before next summer, these old AC units are definitely going and will be replaced with something with newer features.
     
  6. Amethyste
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    Gemgirl, believe it or not, i bought mine at Walmart and the brand is an " Haier " it was likw $275 I believe and i has about 7,000 BTU if i remember correctly.
    It works like a charm. It's not the most quiet AC out there, but as long as it does the job, I am all set :) I also have an oscillating fan running close to my ac so it distribute the cool air around.
    I hope this helps. :)
     
  7. zoebartlett
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    by zoebartlett » Jul 28, 2009
    You do???? I''m grew up there and I just moved away. I miss it!

    Anyway, to the question at hand...

    We always have our AC running and like HH, we keep lots of cold beverages and cold treats on hand.
     
  8. Hudson_Hawk
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    by Hudson_Hawk » Jul 28, 2009

    Amethyste- if you don''t mind my asking, where in NH are you? I grew up in Hanover.
     
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    Holla girls :) [​IMG]

    I live in close to Portsmouth ( 10 mins away in Newmarket ) I REALLY love it here. It''s a beautiful area and oh.. in the fall, NH explodes with the most beautiful colors. I really feel at home here. :)
     
  10. April20
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    by April20 » Jul 28, 2009
    It''s been a pretty mild summer as far as summer in Atlanta goes- high 80s to low 90s on average. Still hot, but not as beastly as it can be. I live in the AC. We try not to do outdoor activities/chores in the middle of the day- we stick to early morning or late afternoon. It''s really not smart to be out in the middle of the day here- heat stroke here you come if you do.
     
    


    


  11. Amethyste
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    ... and then again, i still see these people sweating their a$$es off jogging/running at 1pm in the 90F + blazing sun! I just dont get it.
     
  12. HollyS
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    by HollyS » Jul 28, 2009
    Ceiling fans.

    That, and a Sonic Mocha Java Chiller now and then. [​IMG]
     
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    by cellentani » Jul 28, 2009
    We''re in an apartment, and I''ve been calling the rental office for over 2 months now about our AC - it won''t cool below 72-degrees, which isn''t horrible, but it''s not taking the moisture out of the air. So, the humidity level is 78%, exactly what it is outside - ugh! If I take a shower at night, my towel isn''t even dry by morning. The technician is here now to replace some part, so I''m really hoping that will work. Also, the AC runs constantly, so even though last month was relatively cool and dry, our bill was over $200 for an 1150sf apartment. So in the meantime, we''re doing lots of grilling (no oven!), popsicles, and swimming.

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    by Indylady » Jul 28, 2009
    Dressing in loose, lightweight cotton tops and using a fan like H&H just said.
     
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    by that_someone_special » Jul 28, 2009
    I have the same one... love it! It''s also an energy saver :)
     
    


    


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    by zoebartlett » Jul 28, 2009
    I used to live on the seacoast too (and my husband and I met at Breaking New Grounds). Small world. : ) [​IMG]
     
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    oh My!!! I met my husband on myspace lol. He moved here from Germany and he loves it here so far. He mumbles a little about the snow, but we live north, what else can you expect hehe. Do you come here to visit sometimes? I''d love to meet you !
     
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    by Amethyste » Jul 28, 2009
    Yes!! I love this AC. Not only it is an energy saver, it was also a great money saver too :)
     
  19. zoebartlett
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    by zoebartlett » Jul 28, 2009
    I''m calling you in hangout so we don''t keep threadjacking. : )
     
  20. nycbkgirl
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    by nycbkgirl » Jul 28, 2009
    i love taking lots of shower...esp with being with 2 babies all day long, i go thru changes of clothes like they do diapers...and i keep the ac on all day in every room! i start with a lukewarm shower then slowly colder and cold in the end....and when i put my hair up i use cold water and its just so refreshing!

    stay cool everyone!
     
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    by Dancing Fire » Jul 28, 2009
    Cali here i come?? yesterday was 104* here,but dry heat. i can''t take the humidity [​IMG]
     
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    by Luckyeshe » Jul 28, 2009
    I so feel you, April20! I live in St. Pete, Fl and it''s very very humid here. My dogs and I stay indoors around the hours of 11a-5p. On the weekends when we go to the dogparks, we actually go at 8a, because normally I''m up by 730a even though I wish I could sleep in. And we only stay at the very latest, until 9a. By then it gets way too hot for them, and I''d like to keep them from overheating.
     
  23. gemgirl
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    by gemgirl » Jul 28, 2009
    DF, where are you?

    Last month it was hot but we had no humidity and we were still able to go about our normal day, do normal things, we even went fishing a few times and I wasn''t miserable. The humidity stinks!
     
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    My dogs have been very unhappy with this humidity because they LOVE being outside and playing in the yard. Now their just antsy. They want to go out, five minutes later they want to come in. And that repeats all day, the poor babies. I wish I could explain to them that we''ve got the worst month of the year ahead of us.

    I keep an extra water bowl outside for them that I refill very often and I float lots of ice chips in it. They love crunching on ice!
     
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