6 ways Alaskans are cooling off without air conditioners
Don't have a fan or air-conditioning in your home? Here are some creative ways Alaskans are cooling off.
The KTVA weather team reported it was the warmest June on record for Anchorage and the high temps keep on coming, with the warmest stretch happening on July 4 and 5. The Lowe's Home Improvement store on O'Malley Road is reporting they're sold out of box fans and air-conditioning units. Many other retail stores are also out of stock, according to posts on Anchorage Reddit.
According to a post on Reddit Anchorage, here are some tips:
- Close your windows during the day and leave blinds down to minimize heat
- Open your windows at night and or once temperatures drop below your house temperature
- Unplug anything that generates heat and don't turn on your oven
1. Furnace filters and box fans
Since smoke has been an issue from Swan Lake Fire: 163,714 acres, 37% contained some people suggest taping a furnace filter to a box fan to filter out smoke and still let in fresh, cold air.
2. Ice buckets in front of fans
Put ice buckets in front of your fans or a cold towel on top of a fan, or even ice cube trays in front of a fan works too. Another quick trick is to freeze water in 1 liter and 2 liter soda bottles, then place them near your fans to help circulate cool air.
3. Frozen milk jugs
You can get a milk jug, fill it with water, freeze the water, cut the top off and fit a small fan so it blows downwards and cut some vent holes in the sides.
4. Take a cold shower
Take a cold bath or shower, like some Anchorage Redditors have said they've been doing. Or try getting a light sheet wet, wringing out the excess water and wrapping yourself in it.
5. Free "cool-down" events
The Houston Fire Department is hosting a free event Thursday. There will be free bottles of ice cold water and a pool set up for kids to fill their water guns from.
6. DIY air conditioner
If you don't have a swamp cooler, here's how to DIY your own homemade air-conditioning unit with a 5-gallon bucket.
According to a video posted on YouTube by desertsun02, the items needed are:
- styrofoam liner
- PVC pipe
- small fan
- (small solar panel is optional)
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