Creative Air Conditioning Ideas

The actual temperature doesn’t reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) very often, at least not yet.  The locals say that summer.  But since the humidity is typically between 70 and 97%, the heat index (what the temperature feels like to the human body) is often over 100.

I am looking forward to living in the village.  There, thanks to the river and the jungle trees, my coworkers said it cools off a bit more at night.  Here in the city it is hard to sleep.  Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night, sticky and dehydrated, and took a cool shower (that’s the only shower temperature here.  Only a crazy person would want a hot shower, so there is no hot water setting.  No hot water in normal sinks anywhere in Brazil).

As a survival mechanism, I have learned or invented a few ideas to beat the heat, particularly at bedtime.  Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  1.  Regular table fan.  Hang a wet towel in front of it.
  2. 20-minute cool shower, to lower body temperature a bit.
  3. Soak t-shirt in water and wear it to bed.  This is also a good idea before doing chores.
  4. Open refrigerator door.  Place mattress on the floor, head positioned next to fridge.
  5. Cold water IV.
  6. Remove pillow from pillowcase.  Stuff with ice cubes.

And, here is a fitting quote from Jane Austen.

In today’s vernacular, instead of “a continual state of inelegance,” I believe Austen would have written, “always dripping sweat.”  Which is dreadful indeed, but even worse is the continual state of physical and mental sluggishness, sleep deprivation, and diminished productivity.  I remain an optimist, however.  There is still a chance, however small, of “getting used to tropical weather.”  If that fails, at least I will never get frostbite or have have to scrape ice off a windshield.

7 thoughts on “Creative Air Conditioning Ideas

  1. Bob Stahl


    This is a delightfully interesting piece. Coping with the discomforts you describe requires humor. Sounds though y are enjoying every minute of it.

    Keep your cool in more ways than one.

    Great getting your notes.

    Love, Uncle Bob

    Sincerely, Bob Stahl 508-226-0477 Sent from my iPhone



  2. Gladys Der

    Paulette, I fear I would not tolerate a constant state of too hot. I barely tolerate 75 degrees. I hope your body will adjust. Do you think it will. Do the people who always live there handle it better? Maybe a CD of cool breezes and rain would help.


  3. Marilyn Shivers

    I am so sorry, yet I know that God is with you and will help you to carry on his calling. I, on the other hand, could not. I am almost certain that is why he has not called me to such a place. Think snow!


  4. Edith Dickinson

    There is no way that I could tolerate that heat.Praying that God with Bless you each day and night through the heat.
    Love Edie Dickinson


  5. Cindy Coulombe

    I found that while visiting my daughter in the city the heat was too much and having no plants was a trial for me. We got a small bush that I watered in the late morning and watered myself along with it. Fun w/ my 2 year old grandson in the mix.


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