I'm 14 weeks pregnant and NOT coping very well with this heat. It's making my morning sickness even worse and I am really struggling to cope with it and my 2 year old and we have months of this to go!!
I've tried selectively opening and closing windows and curtains to ensure I block out the sun and let in the breeze but it's still 28 degrees in my sons room even with 2 layers of thermal black-out blinds blocking out the sun!
So, while it goes against my usually green principals - I want to buy an portable air conditioner. It needs to be fairly cheap though as I am a SAHM and we don't have masses of spare cash.
Apparently the CFC-free fans which use water to cool the air are a little more environmentally friendly and seem to be cheaper..but are they any good?
Can anyone recommend an air conditioner before I melt? Please!!
I have an evaporative cooler - I think that mught be what you mean by a CFC free fan? If has a big reservoir of water in the bottom, and blows air over a damp layer, which gives the same effect as a breeze blowing over the sea and cooling the air.
It works very well, and I think is meant to be much better environmentally than a genuine air conditioner. It also works with your windows open, where with an air conditioner you have to close the windows to let it keep working on the same lot of air.
Evaporative coolers are great and very effective (although you need to remember to empty the water container!). We had one at work one time and it was a life saver. I'm pretty sure, though, that to be effective you do need to keep the windows shut.
Hi, no you definitely keep the windows open with an evaporative cooler - they need a supply of dry outside air, as they make the air more humid, so if you keep the windows shut you just end up with a very damp house. And you fill the water tank, not empty it, so I think what you had at work must have been something different from that.