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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Staying cool without A/C

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Mary Adler,
Waldorf

Regarding the July 6 Metro article “97 degrees? It’s only a warm- up”:

When I was stationed on Andrews Air Force Base, an older female civilian worker from Washington told me about how residents without air conditioning during the 1960s used to put their sheets in the icebox during the day, pulling them out immediately before going to bed and laying them in the coolest part of the house to sleep.

Since there are still folks without air conditioning, they might try rolling up their sheets and pillowcases and placing them in plastic bags to protect their bedding from getting damp while in the freezer or refrigerator during the day. In order to fall asleep, the human body needs to cool down. While people are using their sheets at night, they could use that empty freezer or refrigerator space to place their clothing for the next day to start off cool on such hot days. Refrigerators are on all the time; why not take advantage of their ability to cool clothing and bedding to help folks stay cool? If residents take a cool shower or bath before bed and lie down on cool bedding, they might get a good night’s sleep even if they do not have air conditioning.


By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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How long does the sheet stay cool? Is it worth it?

Posted by: Veritasamus | July 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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