How do I keep my room cool despite south-facing, vertical, out-ward opening windows?
May 10, 2007 8:19 PM Subscribe
This summer I, unfortunately, will be living in my old bedroom at my parent's house. To make matters worse, it gets ridiculously humid/hot in my room (the A/C doesn't make any difference at all.) A window-mounted A/C unit won't fit in my vertical, outward opening "french" windows and while I've considered a "personal air conditioner" the hose poses a similar problem with my windows, a problem I'm hoping to solve. I look to you, AskMeFi reader, to make my summer stay a little more bearable.
posted by Becko to Home & Garden (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really dreading living back at home, I was there a couple of days ago and it was already pretty humid and gross in my room. Additionally, my parents have acquired a dog and a cat since I've been at school and not only am I allergic to them, I just hate them. So bonus points if your solution allows me to keep my door shut. The cat's a jumper, so no barricade I've been able to produce has been capable of keeping him out.
But back to the problem at hand:
If I buy one of those expensive "personal air conditioners" I'm concerned about the hose you're supposed to stick outside. My window, which only opens on the right side, has a full-size screen on it and opens outward. Its south-facing, so it pretty much gets constant sunlight. If I take the screen off, I'm inviting all sorts of bugs into my bedroom. Plus the height of the window itself would probably negate the hose's exhaust or the effects of the air conditioner. So short of cutting a hole in a big slab of plywood and covering my window, I'm at a loss.
Is there any way to do this? Are you aware of another solution that doesn't involve a personal A/C unit? I'm desperate here.