Hello everyone, If anyone is giving away a portable air conditioner or knows of someone that is, please contact me. My family is in great need of one. I had a kidney transplant in 2009 and my medications make me have hot spells. I also suffer from high blood pressure and anxiety. My husband and I have been living here in Washington since December. This past week we found out that our home on Lewis Main does not have air conditioning as we originally thought. With the past week getting warmer and warmer months to come I'm worried. Our house gets as hot as 78 degrees and that is with 2 tower fans we borrowed from a friend. I've noticed an increase in my blood pressure as high of 174/114 since then. We don't have any financial way of affording a new or even used one right now. I contacted EFMP & housing and was told they could not help us with a unit. Thanks for your time.
(Our home has the horizontal sliding windows so I don't know for sure if we can use window units.)
I don't have one but some helpful advice. This week will be cool like 65 is the high. Second is o hang blankets over all your windows during the day when it is hot and keep the windows and doors closed until about 7 or so. Then open everything up too cool it down. Also if you have fans going with all this you can get a giant block of ice and stick in a pan infront of the fan and it belows freezing cold air. This weather is not normal for washington and our summers are not to hot. You can also talk to your doctor and see what they recommend.
Aafes doesn't carry window units, I work there, we've had several ask us lately. But VolsChick is right, summers don't get extremely hot and what you've seen already is usually about the hottest it gets. I would post on the facebook sites asking for fans. Even while I was pregnant last summer and having extreme hot flashes fans were enough.
With the windows you have you would have to find one of those ac units which are more expensive than the other or put one on its side which causes a major fire hazard. I told my husband I was going to do it when we lived on post and him being a prior firefighter told me no way in hell.
Also, being that you live on post you should have a "summer fan". At least ours did, I'm not sure about every place. It was just a lightswitch that I never knew that went to anything til my husband told me lol.
If you can get housing to give you a form for medical accommodations and your doctor signs off on it housing will install some. I don't think the anxiety and blood pressure will be enough but the heat spells from the transplant might. Also are you on medication for the hypertension? That's a silent killer!
You can also use cool packs and go find some cheap or free entertainment during the hot parts I the day. Nice thing about here is that the highs don't hit till around 1-3 ish and it starts cooling back down by 8ish. Go to the library or bowling alley or walk the mall.. Soak up some a/c there.