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Apr 17, 2012 by Brian K | Posted in Green Living

how to make room cooler without using A/C?

i live in a 2 BR apartment that is east facing. in the morning, the sun comes in and heats up the apartment extremely fast. we HAVE central AC and it works fine, but it costs too much to run. I live in San Diego where it is hot pretty much every day, and rarely do we get a break from that. today its going to reach 80F, which means it will be about 85F in my apartment. How to I make it cooler in at least my bedroom? I have a window fan running all night, and all morning, but the blinds I use are not very effective (they are the kind of blinds that are plastic slits that slide horizontally). I was thinking of using aluminum foil and trying to block out all of the heat and light. Will that work if i only use it in my bedroom? What are some other tips. and please dont make stupid suggestions like "buy some more fans", and p.s., I already know about the bowl of ice in front of a fan trick. the reason i dont use that is bc i dont have any ice. thank you! :)

There isn't much you can do with an apartment as everything is more or less temporary. But you can get blackout curtains that act as good insulation and reflective curtains. San Diego has low humidity so an evaporative cooler is an option. Whatever that so called green designer is spouting is nonsense, aluminum foil does not absorb heat, it reflects heat, mylar space blankets exist because they reflect 97% of the radiant heat, radiant insulation in attics are reflective aluminum foil that reflect radiant heat, and dark colors absorb heat not reflect heat.

John W | Apr 17, 2012
jax j | Apr 17, 2012
drink tea in desert areas people drink hot tea, you sweat and evaporates which draws heat from your body and makes you feel cooler
a different kind of Angel | Apr 17, 2012
If you own the apartment, you could use a passive cooling system. This is to have air vents low down on the floor area and others higher up at the opposite side of the room, so that the warm air rises out of the top vents, and draws cooler air in through the lower ones. If you could use piping outside to lower the level of the initial intake of the lower vent, it will be cooler. Yes, you could use reflective foil on the windows (maybe leave a thin slit near the bottom for light), as it is the sunlight that is heating your bedroom. Here is a site you might find useful: ling/passive_cooling.htm it will give some useful tips to use :) also, you could use silk or satin sheets on your bed to help feel cooler while asleep :)
Denise | Apr 17, 2012
Aluminum foil will absorb the heat, you don't want that. I am a Green Interior Designer and always look for alternative ways to keep homes cool rather than using AC at all or at least very little. I am going to suggest a few things, if you do them all you will notice a difference and I am sorry but it does include the purchase of new window treatments, but not blinds. First paint the room a dark color, doesn't matter what, it reflects light and heat, then use light colored bedding etc, so it balances the look in the room. If you have carpet pull it up, if you can afford it and it won't cost much install some stone, ceramic, tile. It will make a huge difference. If you can't do that, just paint the floor. Buy some blackout drapes. You can find them for less than $30 a pair from a company called Brylane Homes. Make sure they are blackout. Leave them closed all the time. Put a timer on your AC. Have it set to come on about 5am when it will be the coolest in your house, leave it on high for about 2 hours, then turn on the ceiling fan to circulate the cool air. You may even be cold while this is happening, but if you've got the right drapes,painted the room and you did the floor, you will notice a difference.
Apr 15, 2012 by | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

Where can I find a interior window trim for a camper window? Please help!?

I am remodeling a 1975 starcraft travel trailer. I need to find a flexible rubber window trim that you can insert into the inside windows of the camper. They are aluminum sliding windows, half of the windows have the trim but the other half does not and I can't find them anywhere. The trim is used to cover Does anyone know where I can find them?

I bought them from my local auto shop. They did the installation for me for a bit extra cost. I am not sure if they will just sell your the trim. Since it is such a old van you won't find costumed trip. You will need to buy a longer piece and cut it down yourself

| Apr 18, 2012
Philip A | Apr 15, 2012
go to where you bought it, they should ave them in stalk
Victorias | Apr 15, 2012
Maybe the rubber window trim is not durable, and will fade when it drys in the sun. So my advice is that you can use lace trim to decorate your trailer window. Here is a website on amazon, it sells all kinds of home decorations like window covers, curtain, bed sheet sets, table cloth and so on. The link of window trim that maybe you like it: lace-made-cafe-curtainvalance/M/B007PXKB CW.htm If you have any questions, please contact the customer service department:

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192 pages

Build Your Dream Home for Less

Creator: R. Dodge Woodson | Technology & Engineering - 1995-09-15

SLIDING WINDOWS Sliding windows have been around for years, but they are not used much anymore. Aluminum sliding windows are probably the least expensive type of window you can buy, but I wouldn't recommend using them.

Publisher: Betterway Books

About this book
Build a quality home - and save money at every stage of construction! You dream about building a perfect home. But you just don't see any way to come up with that kind of money. So bring down the cost. Be your own general contractor and save on every aspect of building your home. Do some of the easier work yourself and the savings can soar even higher. You can do it without compromising quality. Part-time work, big-time equity! Build Your Dream Home for Lessis jammed with construction information, including the smallest money-saving detail. Keep your regular job, work on the side as general contractor, and build in equity as you build your home. Woodson has organized his book to match the progress of your project, from weighing the decision about wearing the general contractor's hat all the way to moving in without marrying anything. Here's just a taste of what you'll find inside: All you need to know about being your own general contractor How to work with materials suppliers What to keep in mind when selecting subcontractors A close, cost-conscious look at each phase of construction Materials options, and pros and cons of each An appendix with sample forms and contracts You dared to dream, dare to try? This is a dollars-and-cents book. And a build-it-right book. You'll learn how to recognize quality at each stage of construction. Build Your Dream Home for Lessis the book you need to make your goal a reality.

184 pages

Popular Science


Epoxy insulating strip separates aluminum outside from that inside on frame, sash of Reynolds' sliding window. Epoxy's greater strength makes it superior to vinyl strip, says company. Insulating glass is in vinyl gasket.

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Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve their technology and their world. The core belief that Popular Science and our readers share: The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces that will help make it better.

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Olin's Construction, Principles, Materials, and Methods

Creator: H. Leslie Simmons | 2011-11-15

DESIGNATION SYSTEM Aluminum windows and sliding glass doors are given designations that describe the type of window or door, its performance class, its design pressure, and other information. For example, DH-DW-R-15 conveys the ...

Publisher: Wiley

About this book
Get the updated industry standard for a new age of constructiFor more than fifty years, Olin's Construction has been the cornerstone reference in the field for architecture and construction professionals and students. This new edition is an invaluable resource that will provide in-depth coverage for decades to come. You'll find the most up-to-date principles, materials, methods, codes, and standards used in the design and construction of contemporary concrete, steel, masonry, and wood buildings for residential, commercial, and institutional use. Organized by the principles of the MasterFormat (R) 2010 Update, this edition: Covers sitework; concrete, steel, masonry, wood, and plastic materials; sound control; mechanical and electrical systems; doors and windows; finishes; industry standards; codes; barrier-free design; and much moreOffers extensive coverage of the metric system of measurementIncludes more than 1,800 illustrations, 175 new to this edition and more than 200 others, revised to bring them up to dateProvides vital descriptive information on how to design buildings, detail components, specify materials and products, and avoid common pitfallsContains new information on sustainability, expanded coverage of the principles of construction management and the place of construction managers in the construction process, and construction of long span structures in concrete, steel, and woodThe most comprehensive text on the subject, Olin's Construction covers not only the materials and methods of building construction, but also building systems and equipment, utilities, properties of materials, and current design and contracting requirements. Whether you're a builder, designer, contractor, or manager, join the readers who have relied on the principles of Olin's Construction for more than two generations to master construction operations.

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