At www.perfectaircon.co.uk we never advise living in a home without aircon, but due to economical and other reasons, not everyone has air-conditioning. Many have never had “air.” Chores still need to be done. Here is how.
Living without air is not a matter of “tips” – it is a different way of life. For many, air-conditioning is a luxury. It would be wonderful to soak the feet in a tub of cold water all day, but that will not get the chores done. Without air, doing home repairs or cleaning the house can make one dangerously hot, as well as soaked in sweaty clothes within moments.
Doing chores in heat and humidity without air is not wise nor recommended for older persons or those who have risk of heart attack, stroke or heat stroke.
Items Required for Doing Chores without Air
In order to perform common household tasks without air-conditioning, it is necessary to gather following items before starting to work:
- Fans – 1 large fan for one location or a small fan that can be moved as one works from room to room
- Several large all cotton bandannas
- Several sets of all cotton (preferably terry-cloth) wraps or all cotton T-shirts and underwear
- All cotton terry-cloth bath towels, hand towels and face-cloths
- At least 2 containers of talcum powder
- Water – bottle, jug, pitcher or thermos that can be moved as one works
- Laundry basket and a grocery bag or pillow case.
Preparation for Doing Chores without Air
The items above can be put in the laundry basket and brought close to where the chore must be done. A room should be ready for resting after the chore is done so that no exertion is required when the task is finished. The room should have a chair or couch covered with a large terry-cloth towel, a container of talcum powder nearby and a fan running. When it is time to start the chore, one should towel down and dress in the cotton T-shirt or wrap.
Long hair should be gathered up or put in a in a ponytail.
- Take a bandanna and fold it into a triangle.
- Roll it tightly, beginning at the tip of the triangle.
- After rolling it, twist it several times until it is even tighter.
- Wrap it around the head starting at the base of the hairline on the back of the neck.
As the ends meet at the forehead, tie them into a simple double knot and then push the bandana just past the hairline on the forehead.
This will help keep sweat from rolling into the eyes and down the back, without covering the top of the head from the cooling air of the fan.
Fans and Dry Towels – a Must for Doing Chores without Air
If possible, a fan should always be blowing directly at you. If movement from room to room is required, a small fan that can unplugged and easily moved is necessary. The fan helps keeps the skin dry because air movement aids in the evaporation of sweat.
The body’s exertion as one works will result in sweating profusely very soon – in spite of the absorbent clothing. Terry cloth hand towels should be used frequently to dry the face and back of the neck. When the bandanna feels soaked, it should be changed with a dry one.
Water to Drink, Cool Wipes and Breaks
A plentiful supply of water is critical and one should drink frequently. Pouring some of the water over a face cloth to wipe the face and neck helps keep the body cool. Air movement causes the moisture from the damp cloth to condense, providing a brief, but refreshingly chilly sensation.
At least every half-hour, one should take a break to drink extra water and dry the sweat off the body with a fresh bath towel or hand towel. Wet clothing should be removed. After toweling down in front of the fan and sprinkling the body with talcum powder, it is time to put on another set of dry, absorbent clothes. Sit still in front of the fan. When rested and re-hydrated, the task can be resumed.
Gradually, start to use the laundry basket for sweaty wet clothing, but keep the remaining clean and dry supplies nearby in a grocery bag or pillow case. When you finish, the basket will be full of the sweaty clothing and can be placed in the laundry room.
When Chores are Completed
All wet clothing should be shed as soon as possible. After a tepid bath or shower, the body should be dried thoroughly in front of a fan, and sprinkled with talcum powder again. One should change quickly into clean, loose fitting, absorbent clothing.
Relaxing after Doing Chores without Air-conditioning
Any exertion that would cause more sweating should be avoided. Now is the time to relax and drink cool liquid in the room prepared with a towel spread over the chair or couch. The purpose of the towel is to prevent any more stickiness from the humidity.
If a sticky feeling exists between the thighs or on the back, the container of talcum powder should be at hand to shake over the affected areas of skin. The extra powder will fall on the towel and can be shaken into a bathtub or shaken outside in the morning.
Tools of Living without Air-conditioning
Simple items – cotton clothing, terry cloth towels, talcum powder and multiple fans – can be acquired gradually over time. With frequent breaks, plenty of water and the proper use of the basic tools of living without air-conditioning a healthy person can successfully complete chores inside the hot and humid conditions of a home without “air.”