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There are smog alerts for today, tomorrow, and Friday. We're supposed to be breaking record high temperatures for the next couple of days. We live on the third floor of our apartment building.

Does anybody have any good ideas as to how to keep it cooler inside than it is outside? I've heard lots of things, from shutting the windows when it starts to get warm out, to putting blankets over the windows... I don't want Cory and Remmy and Trout to sizzle for so long!

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dstroy
Sep. 3rd, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you're getting smoke from the fires over there too.... it's REALLY BAD over here.

Close all the windows before noon, cover all of them with dark covers so that direct sunlight doesnt come through. Fans are good too, especially the cheap square box kind.
rivulet
Sep. 3rd, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any smoke, although it looked kinda smoggy over the eastern horizon yesterday evening. I'll have to see how closing everything up goes. We've been keeping all the windows open, but we've been shutting the blinds to keep the sun out.
lamotocyclette
Sep. 3rd, 2003 03:34 pm (UTC)
Remmy would probably love some ice chips!
rivulet
Sep. 3rd, 2003 04:01 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I stuck a fan near her little sleeping place behind the papasan, and Cory says she seems to be enjoying it, but ice would be nice too. I'll stick some in her dish when we get back from playing parkball tonight.

coral
Sep. 3rd, 2003 05:19 pm (UTC)
Take a cold shower together. ;)
rivulet
Sep. 3rd, 2003 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure Trout would be a big fan of that!! :)
dotcomdude
Sep. 4th, 2003 07:08 am (UTC)
We don't have air conditioning, so when a hot day is forecast, we open all the windows first thing in the morning to cool down a few degrees, then close the windows when it gets warmer outside than inside.
And through the day, keep closing curtains on the sunny side.

Works really well, but your house would have to be decently insulated, and you need curtains.
I read in a magazine that it helps to have tiles and wood floors and such to keep the heat or cool.

I've seen people put aluminum foil in the windows too - guess that works well if you don't have curtains.
rivulet
Sep. 4th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
We have vertical blinds, and they work decently I suppose. But yeah, being in an apartment I'm assuming the insulation leaves a bit to be desired.
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