Too. Hot. Send. Help.

One of the bestest things about Maine is the fact that it’s almost always cool here. It’ll get up into the 80s and 90s, sure, but at night, it’ll drop down into the low 60s or high 50s, and that’s all it really takes to cool off your house and leave things pleasant.

Except . . .

Every now and then, it decides it wants to stay in the 70s at night. And when it does that, I am one unhappy Bryce.

We don’t have central air conditioning. There’s just no need for it. We have a couple of window mounted units, but I typically don’t even bother with those. It’s a lot of hassle for just a few evenings’ worth of needed use. But when those hotter evenings come around, I inevitably wish I’d already installed them. Plus, we’ve now moved our bedroom over to be above the garage, and I can officially report that when it’s in the 70s outside at night, that new bedroom is hot hot hot.

Hot enough that the first thing I do when I get up in the morning is check Amazon to see how much a portable A/C unit would be. ($400) Not hot enough that I went and dropped $400 on the thing, though. (Tonight’s supposed to be worse. Maybe I’ll reconsider.)

My plan at the moment is plenty of fans, and perhaps a spray bottle by my bed. If I wake up at night and am too hot, I can spray myself down. Is this what I’ve come to? There are two things in life I dislike: being wet, and being hot. I’m just discovering that it’s better to be slightly wet and not hot than just hot. So I guess I dislike being hot more than being wet. What a discovery to make.

Do any of you out there have some ways of dealing with temperatures? I’m sure my Arizona readers are laughing themselves silly as I complain about temperatures in the 70s. That’s okay. I laugh at them when they complain about it being too “cold.”

Thank goodness it looks like tomorrow night is back to a low of 50 degrees . . .


  • By Janet Croke-Shanley, June 12, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

    If your feet are cool, you are cool. keep a basin of cold/ice water nearby, it is instantaneous!

  • By Jennifer Arnott, June 13, 2017 @ 9:54 am

    If the humidity is not too horrible, a sarong (or other large lightweight piece of cloth) in cool water draped over as much of one’s body as possible works for me while falling asleep.

    I have also gotten a lot of mileage out of careful use of directional fans. Make the room dark during the day with light-blocking shades, set the fans to suck hot air out of the room. Once it gets dark and starts to get cool, open up all the windows and set the fans to pull cooler air in. This doesn’t work as well if it doesn’t actually get cool outside.

    I didn’t have AC in Maine, but need it down here in Massachusetts (also because people smoke outside my apartment window and there’s a little courtyard and noise…) and I’ve got weird windows, so a portable unit is the only option.

    Mine stays plugged in all summer, but it’s pretty easy to connect and disconnect if you set the window piece sensibly for your windows and layout.The actual AC unit is pretty heavy, so more a ‘roll into the nearest corner’ than ‘move location to location’

  • By Bryce Moore, June 13, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

    Janet–that’s a great idea. I’ll have to give it a shot.

    Jen–Yeah, I might need to buckle down and get a portable unit. Most people I’ve heard from have gone that route. Thankfully last night was better, or maybe I was just more used to it. Also, at least I didn’t have people smoking outside my window. That would be terrible.

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