posted on May, 30 2010 @ 09:34 PM
I live in South Texas. I've tried alot of things, but I learned my best stuff on long camping trips with the family. Wife is sensitive to heat but
we found ways to help out.
1. Ice/Fan. I've had to drive for HOURS in a truck that had windows that wouldn't roll down and no AC. The fan and ice work out really well for a
road trip. Not a box fan, just get a bucket of ice adn one of those swivel-clip fans from the Automotive section at your local superstore, clip it to
the side and you're good to go for a few hours.
2. Your body has a natural temperature regulation system. Sweat. Drink lots of water, find a place with a breezeway or create your own. Use mud or
adobe to make your tent out of at night. Mud's easy to find, easy to build you a little teepee lookin thing out of twigs and branches, then throw
rocks in the big gaps and mud over the rest. If thought out, it can do one of two things, either bake inside or keep you cool depending on how you
3. The very best thing I've ever tried as far as AC goes would be based on the same principal as the 'Chillers' used at power plants. An
encolsure that allows water to run over cooled metal then into a catch-basin that you sit in... only a few inches deep, then if you live in a
high-humidity area like I do, it'll generally cool the area or wet air around you. It's the difference of about 10-15 degrees. Just make you a
tall thin box about 4 feet by 8 inches. Get on Craigslist and look under the FREE section. Or go through trash for them, but get a bunch of CPU
heatsynchs and use them inside the box. Best to go staggered with them on the inside so the water will drip from one synch to the next. Then, when
it gets to the bottom, just let it flow into your catch basin. Dig a hole in the ground at the other end of the basin. Cooled water coming in from
one side of the basin will push the warmer water out the other side and into a bucket that is INSIDE that hole. After an hour or two depending on the
rate you're cooling the water, just pick up the bucket, refill the holed bucket above your mini chiller, replace your bucket, and enjoy. There will
be a war of attrition with your water supply as it tends to evaporate. Every third bucket I have to refill the original supply. Possible solution
would be to us saran wrap or duct tape to create a screen around two sides of the enclosure you're sitting in but leave yourself a breezeway. A few
things I've learned: 1. The slower the flow, the cooler the water. 2. the finer the water source, the cooler the water. 3. it ain't perfect.
There are lots of things I want to try to improve it, and I think they should be easy to implement. Fans on the heatsynchs would be an improvement.
Mixing it with alcohol would help with the evaporation process. It's crude but it works. My wife is small so the little encolssure is good for her,
but for bigger folks it might not be too accomodating.
Very few things beat water and a fan though. Get yourself wet, sit in a breeze or in front of a fan. Gives me shivers no matter the outside temp.