Monday, 18 October 2010

Keeping Cool......

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang.

Our home is lovely, but it is circa 1970.

Our outlook is lovely, but the garden faces due west. Sweltering.



Our house is spacious, but oh my goddess, it gets HOT in the summer months.

We live in the foothills of Adelaide in sunny South Australia. Stretches of two week dry heat spells of over 40'c are not uncommon over the summer.

I dread it, to be honest, as it makes life really, ermmmm, well, hard? Hot, sticky, lethargic and tiring?

Who wants to try and sleep in sticky heat? Ick? (We do have some old pedestal fans, but really, they are rubbish.)
We have lived here in this house for nearly four years. Without air conditioning.


House Cooling

All the bedrooms, and the retreat where I have my computer and exercise gear - they are all sweat boxes in summer.

So I am madly doing our tax returns this week so that I can see a glimmer of cash, to maybe look at getting air-con installed - at least in the bedrooms?

So imagine surprise when I was approached by Panasonic to do a post on air conditioning. Coincidence or what?!





I am a woman on a mission now, to get me some air con in time for the summer!

I need, basically what Panasonic is offering in their air con units -

  • Economical but quick cooling. I don't want to have the things running all the time costing me a fortune. But I do want it to be economically cool when I want it! (Apparently the Panasonic models have an "Eco Patrol Sensor" that senses when people come into a room and the cooling gets cooler!) How cool is that?!
  • Slimline design so that the air con unit is not the ugly thing looming over the whole room
  • Air purifying. We all suffer with hay fever in the summer.  But an air purifier has got to be a good thing to clear the pollens.....and this function is built into the Panasonic air con unit - result!


Panasonic are offering the most brilliant giveaway - the chance to win a Panasonic air conditioner &installation. All you need to do to be in with the chance to win this brilliant prize is tell me, by commenting below:

What is the most bizarre thing you have done to keep cool?!

I cannot wait to read what you come up with!

(For all the T&C's, just click HERE)

34 comments:

  1. We have sweltered in the days of 40c heat the last few years also! Bizarre ways to keep cool....hmm.

    The most bizarre thing that I have done to attempt to keep the us cool was to try and make an air conditioning unit out of ice and a fan! I bought some mesh material and sewed it into a bag shape. I then fitted it around a doll stand and filled it with ice. When it started leaking I then sewed a plastic container onto the bottom and then put it in front of a desk fan. I stood there and waited for a blast of air to whip over the ice in the bag and come out the other side nice and cool and.....nothing hapened. The only thing I got was alot of drops of water into the tray which made it too heavy, which tipped it over causing it to spill everywhere! lol. So I moved onto plan B: blew up the kids pool in the garage, filled it with icy water and we all jumped into it! :)

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  2. Uck! I feel the same way. I am so grateful our house now has AC, our old one didn't. I hope you can get one, it's so worth it!!! I don't really remember what helped the most, but I do remember just laying on the floor in a dark hot room just feeling hot and uck.

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  3. Ahhh, the kids pool.....we have done the same thing, many times!

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  4. Awful, isn't it. No escape (aside from air con!)

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  5. lifeinapinkfibroOctober 18, 2010

    Great giveaway - but I kind of hope you win! When I was 18, I used to live in a boxy inner city terrace with a group of girls. On hot, humid Sydney nights, when there wasn't a breath of air in our airless rooms, we'd all gather in the living room, place a box of ice cubes in front of the fan, and lie on the floor in the dark listening to Fleetwood Mac (always Rumours for some reason). I'm not sure if it cooled us down much, but it certainly distracted us from the heat. :-)

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  6. Hi Lucy,

    We have an air conditioner installed in out house BUT it decided to die two years ago and we havent had the money to replace it. Unfortunatly it is un-fixable :(. I think i have tried alot of the same... kiddies pool in the lounge room, surrounded by 3 pedestal fans (black plastic on the floor). We have done the ice cubes in front of the fan, walking through our sprinklers and then trying to get back inside before it all evaporated but the BEST and bizarrest one was to help us sleep... i froze our sheets and our pillow cases! just pop them in the freezer folded up for 15-20mins and bliss! nice and cool to get to sleep! :)

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  7. Oh Lucy - long time lurker, first time poster. I can tell you that I COMPLETELY relate!!! Our house faces west, is a 1940's house and has NO idea of how to stay cool in the Canberra 40 degree days! Add to that a bed with a ridiculous pillow top which retains heat... I become a cranky sleepless individual in summer!

    What I did all last summer was go to bed with ice bricks. Seriously. Those things you're meant to have in the freezer ready for when you go on a road trip and need to keep the sandwiches in the esky cool.

    I individually wrap up four ice bricks with a tea towel, stick two at my feet, one at my bottom (charming I know) and keep the other one near my chest.

    It works. It really works in keeping the bed cool - well, cool enough for a decent 7 hours of sleep.

    Eeep it's definitely time for airconditioning...

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  8. Catherine FleayOctober 18, 2010

    When I was younger and at home, Mum and Dad had a box freezer. I wet my long hair and proceeded to stick my head in the freezer (bending over so my head was as close to the bottom as my short legs would allow). Then, my hair got stuck to the ice that had formed on the walls of the freezer - ouch, but cool!

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  9. Ahhh, I'm partial to a bit of Fleetwood Mac myself - and now I have "Dreams" in my head!

    The ice cubes in front of the fan seems to be a classic trick - and as you say - distraction is key..

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  10. Ooooh!I am so gonna try that!

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  11. Jen, I am glad we have sprung you from lurkerdom! I have used ice bricks in the car before (on the kids plastic booster seats) but to have them in bed - what a delicious idea!

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  12. Oh Catherine, that is hilarious - I have an image of you with icicles and a stuck head!

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  13. Mrs NeuroticOctober 18, 2010

    Ice blocks in a spray bottle the spray different parts of the body and strategically place the wet spots in front of the fan. Another trick I learnt was ice cold water on the feet and wrists as well as an ice pack on the head, supposedly it lowers the body temp... personally I'd prefer air con... not exactly easy to do anything with your feet in buckets of water and ice strapped to your wrists and head.

    And I will never ever do to my children what my mother did to me... walking around the house in really old daggy saggy underwear in the middle of summer. I remember one day after school she had promptly forgotten that I was having a friend come over, can you imagine my shock horror when I let my school chum in to see my mother sprawled all over the couch with the humidifier rattling away in front of her in her dodgy undies for all to see. I. Just. Died.

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  14. Oh Mrs, that is HILARIOUS! Sorry, I know I shouldn't laugh, but......

    And you are right. All the clever water spray ice block ideas are all well and good......but really? When you want to just get on with stuff, air con is the only way.....

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  15. I love the little pic of the girl with the fan...

    It reminds me of the time I stripped bare and jumped into a (supposedly) crocodile infested waterhole in Africa to keep cool. No croc action and... no cooling action either. That waterhole was like a steaming bath. Poor animals!! x

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  16. Some jerkoff in a cherry picker touched the electricity wires to our house some years ago, and in the process, blew up our one and only air conditioning unit. It was "meant" to be replaced, but somehow the money went on other stuff, like Computers and TV's because it was winter and as usual, we couldn't IMAGINE that the heat would ever bother us.

    Guess what, it's freaking QLD and it get's hot for nearly 6 months of the year.
    Were we smoking Whitneys crackpipe at the time?

    So the most bizarre way we stay cool is to have an ice bath. I put ice cubes and cold water in the bath and the kids jump on in.

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  17. Hi Lucy, I just read the TnC so i am resubmitting lol Im dying for an air con!

    We have an air conditioner installed in out house BUT it decided to die two years ago and we havent had the money to replace it. Unfortunatly it is un-fixable :(. I think i have tried alot of the same... kiddies pool in the lounge room, surrounded by 3 pedestal fans (black plastic on the floor). We have done the ice cubes in front of the fan, walking through our sprinklers and then trying to get back inside before it all evaporated but the BEST and bizarrest one was to help us sleep... i froze our sheets and our pillow cases!

    alison@tizzbizz.com

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  18. What a PITA! Even more reason to get you either a new air con or some new ice cube trays......xx

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  19. Fickle Red Riding HoodOctober 18, 2010

    I fill a hot water bottle with ice cold water and carry it with me around the house. I haven't yet tried it in public but it does the trick behind closed doors.

    fickleredridinghood@gmail.com

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  20. That's easy!!! I even blogged about it here.
    http://deepfriedfruit.blogspot.com/2009/11/day-46.html

    It had a whole lot to do with strategically placed ice cubes in the clothes, and then a visit by a random sales man, right at the time of melting ice, and strange puddles and piddle spots ... and what should have been embarrassment but which was instead relief that (a) the sales rep made a hasty retreat and (b) I was finally feeling cool ..

    Get that aircon installed Lucy ... Just bloody well get it. You deserve it!!

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  21. Wow I'm really sprung from lukerdom with a re-post (just read the T&Cs too!)

    email: jennifer.firbank@aria.gov.au

    (oh and was sitting in my west facing living room last night, imaging how good it would be to have air conditioning... This summer will be ice bricks sewn into clothing me thinks!)

    Oh Lucy - long time lurker, first time poster. I can tell you that I COMPLETELY relate!!! Our house faces west, is a 1940's house and has NO idea of how to stay cool in the Canberra 40 degree days! Add to that a bed with a ridiculous pillow top which retains heat... I become a cranky sleepless individual in summer!

    What I did all last summer was go to bed with ice bricks. Seriously. Those things you're meant to have in the freezer ready for when you go on a road trip and need to keep the sandwiches in the esky cool.

    I individually wrap up four ice bricks with a tea towel, stick two at my feet, one at my bottom (charming I know) and keep the other one near my chest.

    It works. It really works in keeping the bed cool - well, cool enough for a decent 7 hours of sleep.

    Eeep it's definitely time for airconditioning...

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  22. Mrs NeuroticOctober 19, 2010

    I'm glad I made you chuckle. ;)

    Helps if I add an address hey? And I can't yet blame the heat for that one!

    mrsneurotic@redrogue.com.au

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  24. Joshua WongOctober 20, 2010

    email : eehuiw@yahoo.com

    Go to the nearest Woolies, walked to the cold storage area and pretend to buy some milk while fanning myself with the bottom of my shirt.

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  25. Growing up in the southern US, it's hot most of the year so you can find air-conditioning everywhere. Still, on the very hottest days we would go to Barton Springs in Austin, Texas where the water is always 68F (20C). Once you get in, you're cool for the rest of the day.

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  26. Thea SmithOctober 21, 2010

    We have all the bedrooms air-conditioned. I couldn't live without it now!
    When I lived in Roma ('out west' Queensland), I would put my clothes in the freezer just before I had a shower. The water out there was from a bore and came out hot in Summer, yeah, just what you need. A hot shower in a stinking hot summer. So coooooool clothes were divine....for a few seconds anyhow. :)

    PS We had NO airconitioning in Roma!! That was the early 90s when no one had it except banks and the post office! lol

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  27. I was born in the tropics. I thought I knew what heat felt like. Heat for days that would melt your brains. But, when I moved here.. I had the complete opposite of a brain freeze, I had a brain bake!

    The summers here, I've experienced the most intense type of heat I've ever felt in my life. I am also living in a house, that has no ceiling fans (I often wondered why builders don't build it in since it's a man-made wonder!) and NO air-conditioning!

    Every summer, I'd plaster my windows with aluminium foil..yup, making my house look like some loony martian 3rd rock from the sun, type of dwelling. Then, we'd carry spritzers of water, and spritz ourselves, as if we're in some luxury spas...only difference is we're in our inner wear and we look like melted humans from Indiana Jones' "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

    I really would love to win this...then it'll go into our boys' room...where we'll all cram in there, during the summernights. Because I think it's just worst when it's nighttime, and it's too hot n sticky to sleep!

    Thanks Lucy for this great opportunity!

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  28. Casey WilsonOctober 24, 2010

    Oh, firstly, in our old house - a rental - the only room with air con was our bedroom, we spent a tremendous amount of time in that room, eating ice cream, watching telle and well... entertaining ourselves that year. It was nearly four years ago... I know that because my beautiful daughter turned three not long ago ;)
    We are now in a house that has been established as a long term rental, we adore it!!! But it is an investment property and has been built on a budget - no insulation, no aircon!!! Last year while heavily pregnant with bubba number 2 and a sweaty little toddler struggling to sleep I discovered that if you place your bed sheets in a plastic bag and put them into the freezer they make the bed bareable to get into, I then sent my toddler to bed with a frozen facewasher to clutch and my man and I had frozen hand towels to wrap around our necks. During the day I used Icy poles (the stick types, wrapped in hankerchiefs and tied them around our necks to keep the body temp down.
    I think I need an air con!!! I don't think my lanlord plans on getting me one :(
    casey.tupperware@gmail.com

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  29. When I was heavily pregnant, 42 degrees celcius, no airconditioning, Hubby found me sitting in a kiddies pool out the back with icypoles wedged under my arms.
    Sabinesymons@iinet.net.au

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  30. I'm from Ireland Originally and came to QLD 8 years ago, where we initially lived with my mother in law at her place in Brisbane. I would describe the change in climatic situation for me as the equivalent of being buried up the neck in snow (Irish cold), and someone standing 2 feet from a blazing bonfire! (Aussie heat!)

    I quickly found out what the QLD heat was really all about and I just could not bear it.

    we were in a house with no air con, and we had one pedestal fan which did nothing other than circulate the hot air.

    I got so bad one day that I couldn't bear the heat anymore. I waited till everyone left the house and I stripped off and I climbed into my mother in law's pride and joy, a 6ft long aquarium that housed about 50 goldfish. The gold fish got the shock of their lives, but for me, it was absolute bliss!

    That was, until the mother in law came back early and as I was trying to jump out of the tank and run and hide my now shrunken family jewels (the water was cold!) I managed to knock the tank sideways, so there's me, 500 Litres of water and 50 gold fish on the floor with a loud smash... my mother in law was not impressed. (neither were the fish)

    she can laugh at it now though (8 years later!) :)

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  31. forgot to add my email :)

    Jonjo1@tpg.com.au

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  32. kelly walkerNovember 01, 2010

    Since it was too hot outside I put up the kids pool in the lounge room under the ceiling fan and filled with cold water and ice cubes. It did the trick but shall never attempt that again when children are home.

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  33. kelly walkerNovember 01, 2010

    kellyjane24@hotmail.com

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