No Air Conditioning! AHHHHH!

United States
June 30, 2009 1:10am CST
So my neck of the woods is in the middle of an excessive heat wave. I have no A/C in my car and by the time I get to work after 45 minutes of driving in the car, windows down, grasping at whatever breeze I can, I arrive feeling sweaty and dirty. My back feels like it is sticking to the leather seats and my hair is windswept and all a mess. I cant afford to fix the A/C and it is absolute torture. I don't even wear my work clothes to work anymore. Instead I change clothes when I get there. It is one of the nastiest feelings. What would you do? How do you handle the excessive heat?
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13 responses
@kprofgames (3089)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I had a car with no air and drove it for several years. It was great on gas and used no oil and money wasn't there to fix the air either. My mom bought me this hankie thing that you put in the freezer then put it around your neck to keep you cool. I didn't think it would work but it did, much to my surprise. She found it in the sporting goods section where she picks up her golf equipment. Cost around $7 to $10 dollars and I am still amazed at how well it works. Those days are gone, but I still have it. I use it on hot days I have to be outside messing around the yard or if I'm on the golf course myself.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Sorry, here's a like to what they look like and they're called ice bandanas. Hope it will work for you.http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Bandana-TM-Grey-Black/dp/B000PGS4HU
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Wow! I never heard of that! I must go get one! Thanks for the info!
• United States
30 Jun 09
Thats neat. I feel like I maybe used to have one. My mom used to make us wear those to 6 Flags. I forgot all about those!
• United States
30 Jun 09
I havent had air in my car for 3 yrs...I live in FL.....if I can survive..so can you..... Good luck!
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• United States
30 Jun 09
lol.. ew thats even worse. I'm not worried about not surviving... just more or less griping... meh.
• United States
30 Jun 09
Believe me, I know where youre comin from.....its hot as He$$ here right now and it has been raining every day which triples the humidity...ugh....complain all ya want...(I do)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I have used cool damp towels and sitting in front of a fan. If you open window to get a cross breeze and then have fans going to circulate the air, that helps too. In your car, you could try a battery operated personal fan. You could mount it on your dashboard. Wearing loose and light-weight clothing and changing at work is a good idea too. Make sure you keep yourself well hydrated-the heat depletes us of water faster than we realize.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I couldnt agree more. Also, keeping the back of the neck cooled with a water mist helps tremendously too.
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• India
30 Jun 09
while what you are doing is a good idea to carry your clothes and change it there, why don't u use public transportation like a train. i am sure they provide for more air circulation
• United States
30 Jun 09
Heh, I don't live in a big enough city for that. The closest metro station is 30-40ish minutes in the opposite direction of work, and doesn't go anywhere near where I work. There are public busses but they don't come out to my part of the county anymore because of lack of funding. All the Western routes were stopped. It would be a nice idea, however, not really feasible out here.
@abetole (221)
• India
30 Jun 09
ohhh... no air conditioning in a car with high temperature outside is very annoying. The best thing is to drink lot of water and keep all the windows open. In such a case, if you keep the blower ON, it helps in increased circulation of air and helps reducing the person's sweating. If there are leather seats in your car, the sweating can also be reduced if you keep a dry cloth towel on the seat back. Take care...
• United States
30 Jun 09
Oh I cant stand the blower.... hot air blowing in my face. maybe my car just sucks. Windows down works... But yes, I've been keeping a big water bottle handy at all times. Gotta keep that dehydration away! Thanks for the advise.
• United States
30 Jun 09
I think that I know what you are going true and with the summer being so hot we sweat more than snowmen in the beach. I don't like the heat at all I don't know what might be the temperature were youare from but we have some realy hot days hear today I think it was 109F and I was really bad. Mycar is not working at the moment but even if it was the AC those not work either. Today I had to go sign some paper and it was about 30 minutes from my house to the office were I had to go and my cousins car those not have an AC either and his seats are also made of leather. So when I got on I got burned and then when I got to the office my back was stuck to the seat with all the sweet. I just hope that when my husband finishes the car he would actually fix the AC. I wish that you would also be able to get your AC fixed as soon as posible because the heat is vearly starting. Well good look and happy mylotting.
• United States
30 Jun 09
ugh yeah. That is really bad. And you are right it is just starting. I wish I could afford it. Good luck with getting your car fixed. happy summer!
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
1 Jul 09
Well, I don't have air conditioning in the house; nevertheless getting into the car during summer is just torture. Fortunately, I do not have to do it often (after all, I am a self-employed writer). And no, I am not looking forward to grad school in a couple of years (I will have no choice; I will have to take summer classes then). Yesterday, when we took the cat to the vet, the poor kitty was panting. And last night, the weatherman said that we did not hit ninety. Close enourgh I say; it was 89 degrees. I am coping with it by sticking close to the house, and have the ceiling fans turned on.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
1 Jul 09
well airconditioning issues with me happens in my room. we do have air conditioner but i seldom used it becuase my room mates are trying to budget. so if used it most of the times, they would surely complain and asked me to pay at least 3/4 of the bill and that sucks.. i sometimes have problems sleeping. too bad it has no timer so i could set it to an hour at least to get me sleep.
@lwy519 (159)
• China
1 Jul 09
Haha,I have no car to drive,I have to get the bus to go to work.
@ace828 (73)
• United States
30 Jun 09
We had our AC off last night for some reason and it was pretty hot, I'm sorry your AC isn't working. Whenver I'm hot I'll usually get close to a fan to cool off, or sometimes I'll eat some ice cubes haha. Cold showers feel amazing too whenever your heated.
• United States
30 Jun 09
I was feeling the pain of no AC at my boyfriend's house for a long time because his parents kept thinking that it was not hot enough to put the air conditioner on. Well, we living in California, out near the desert and it is a great time to be putting the AC on.
• United States
30 Jun 09
OMG! I'm almost the same way! My mom got me a car with leather seats to, and I was totally against it since they get sooo hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. When we went to test drive the car everything seemed fine. Now this summer everytime I go and try to use my A/C my car starts to go super slow and for no reason, even when I'm pressing down on the gas. I seriously almost go in a car accident. And the worse part is I don't have the money to fix it.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Jun 09
We didn't have air conditioning in our car for many years when I was a kid, my Mom use to wear very light cloths to work and then get herself a quick spit bath and change her shirt before reporting to work, she thought nothing of it because that was just what people did in those days.