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What is a good option for air conditioning.. other than the traditional window unit or heat pump.

We live in a neighborhood with an HOA (Home Owner Association) and they do everything in their power to make our neighborhood beautiful... including not allowing us to have a traditional air conditioning unit in our windows. Living in Washington State, having a heat pump is not a common thing, even in a brand new house, as we tend to only get 30 really hot days. All that being said... I hate being hot.
I would love to find another option for AC... I have heard about "room units" or "mobile units" but I don't know anything about them
Anyone here ever had anything like these or something else? Please share

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Asked by JaxonsMomma22 at 11:37 AM on Jun. 17, 2012 in Home & Garden

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  • Can you put in an attic fan? I grew up near Chicago with no air conditioning. We always relied on the attic fan. It worked great at night to cool off the house.

    Answer by m-avi at 11:39 AM on Jun. 17, 2012

  • Keep and clean at least 2 gallon sized milk jugs. Fill them about 3/4 full of water and freeze. Pull one out and place behind an oscillating fan. Turn on the fan. Enjoy some cool air. :) You might want to put a cookie sheet under the milk jug as the ice melts to catch the condensation. Switch out the milk jugs as necessary.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 11:44 AM on Jun. 17, 2012

  • Mitsubishi Mr. Slim ductless air conditioning. It is wonderful.

    Answer by meooma at 12:05 PM on Jun. 17, 2012

  • We bought a free standing a/c unit for our garage. It works great, and all you have to do it vent it out a window. You can't really see the vent in the window because it's really small. We bought it at Lowes for 269.00, and it cools up to 400 sq ft.

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 12:08 PM on Jun. 17, 2012

  • We grew up without A/C and used box fans through the house. IF you plan to live at your current home for awhile, plant a lot of shade trees on the East, South and West sides of your home. Something that grows rather fast and offers abundant shade. Tulip Poplars or Leland Cypress are fast growers.


    Answer by Ruthmom802 at 11:25 PM on Jun. 17, 2012

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