In a few days I’ll have HVAC repair in NYC done because my air conditioner hasn’t been making any cool air. Anything that comes out is just room temperature, which is already pretty warm. Until that day, I’ll just have to take the heat and use whatever I can to keep myself cool. I’ve put ice packs in the freezer and turned on every fan I have. I’ve even been going down to the local swimming pool and soaking in the water to cool off. I’m not that great of a swimmer, but I can do some basic strokes to get around.
One of my friends came up with a creative way of keeping cool without the need for air conditioner. He took a plastic garbage can and put some holes in it. Then he took some sponges and stacked them inside of the can. He placed a pump inside the can with the sponges and filled it up just enough to cover the sponges but not to run over the holes. The contraption is supposed to use cool water to make the air cooler. It seems a lot more complicated than something like a fan, but if it works for him, I can’t judge.
I thought about putting some ice in a chest and having a fan blow air over that to cool me off, but doing something like that would require a steady stream of ice. I don’t really have a lot of room in my freezer to store a lot of ice, and I don’t have the patience to wait for some to be made each time I want to cool off. If I had access to some freon, I could try making something useful, but for now I’ll just stick with the pool until the repair job is done.