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When my A/C went out and wasn't going to be on again for 2 days (unit was pushing 20 years old and was time to be replaced), and it was 110-113 degrees out, I just rented a hotel room in a place that accepted pets. I was already spending $6,500+ on the new A/C unit so another $250 wasn't going to kill me. If the highs were in the 90s or below, I'd just stay in the house and deal with it.
I've had a "portable" ac unit with me for the last 5 years. It's one of those that rolls on wheels and has a tube that exhausts the hot air out the window. I've lugged it around 3 moves in AZ and I'm so happy i did. It's come in handy about twice during the summer First time was in our rental last year during wfh when the ac was busted for 2 days i wheeled it into my office in the day and back to bedroom at night. It worked wonders. Second time was after moving into new home and replacing AC. It's safe to say that it was worth the 200$ i spent on it and also worth the pain of moving it around with me!
A back up portable AC unit. Can keep the room cool at least.
Savings and an AC guy on retainer
When it's humid your options are minimal. Hotel room like others said.
Ice packs. Take a hand towel, get it wet, and freeze it. Use that to keep your neck and head cool which can help keep blood flow cool!
I had to do a night without AC a couple weeks ago, and I just kept thinking about all the homeless people doing the same thing but without a bed and two fans pointed at them all night. Perspective helped!
It's not too humid that wearing a wet t-shirt won't help you feel cooler.
Wet sheet and a fan. Wrap yourself in sheet and stand in front of the fan.
I take a quick shower whilst wearing a t-shirt and then sit in front of fan.
Do you have a pool? Life jacket and hang out in the pool.
Cold showers, cold drinks, cooling menthol powder all over.
Get a window unit and just stay in that room.
Always do the spring maintenance/AC tune-up is my best advice to anyone in the Valley.
Keep capacitors in stock at home...90%+ this is the failure point
Go to Home Depot,
Sleep with the dogs on the patio with mister on. Roll in the mud.
If you're super short on cash, I remember seeing something online that involved a bucket, a fan, and dry ice...
Fans + wet towels and maybe having a friends couch to sleep on
Recently went about two and a half weeks without ac. The kids stayed with their grandparents and my wife and I would sleep downstairs where it’s tile floor. We set up our mattress and five fans all around us.
Wet towel dropped over self.
Sleep in the tub
Financed new AC unit
I heard from a Phoenix old timer that did not have AC in the house that they opened the windows at night and hung wet sheets in front of the open windows. The wind will act like a swamp cooler to keep the home "cool".