i gave uo trying, and put in a a/c in the window. It was about $129 from Wal-Mart, and its been a LIFESAVER. IT doesnt get it as cold as i want, but it takes the edge off bigtime. I aslo got a small ( 5,000BTU) one for my bedroom, cause if its hot, *I* dont sleep.
These are two UNDER $150, and work REALLY well, i have the $138 one.http://www.walmart.com/search/search...+500000.500003
other then that, i get bottled water, drink the water, and pour tap water into the bottle till its 1/2 full. then pop it into the freezer overnight. I do this with a few bottles. Then when it gets to hot the next day, i can pull out a bottle, and sit down and have the bottle against the back of my neck, and that with a fan helps keep me cooler.
Drink plenty of fluids: Drink 2-4 glasses of cool fluids each hour.
Do not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they dehydrate the body.
Keep cool indoors: If you can, stay in an air-conditioned area. Resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.
Plan outdoor activities around the heat: If you must go outside, go before noon or at night when it's cooler. Avoid strenuous physical activities or reschedule them for the coolest part of the day, usually the early morning.
Give your body a break: Heat is stressful on your body. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.
Eat light meals, avoiding high-protein foods because they increase metabolic heat.
Donâ€™t take salt tablets unless directed by a doctor.
Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.
Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Sunburn makes it more difficult for your body to cool off.
Never leave children or pets unattended in a carâ€”not even for a few minutes. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes.