Having grown up in the sunshine state, my homes always had air conditioning. Whether it was a wall unit or an AC system, I was always so cold by bedtime that heavy blankets were the only remedy. But the first day I moved to the northeast almost two years ago was a stark difference. The window was wide open and a fan, which was purchased that day, sat on a chair across my naked bed. If there's one thing I need for an enjoyable night's sleep is covers. I moved in the summer, and as someone who had never lived in this area, I had no idea that stores wouldn't have air conditioners in August. I searched online and called places, but I had to end up spending money on three fans, which were more expensive than the air conditioner I eventually bought last summer. Though I only endured one summer (and only because I had visitors that were staying with us who I couldn't let endure the heat), I picked up a few tips that made the experience slightly less miserable.
-Having the front of the fan face the window was what I mostly did in the daytime. It's supposed to take all the hot air out of the room. Since it was a lot warmer in the daytime, I thought this was an appropriate solution.
-The other two fans were pointing in my direction. Once the room was feeling a bit cooler, I found the other fans more helpful.
-Cool drinks are your friends. I bought an ice shaver during this time and would eat sno-cones at any opportunity. So look for other cold treats and water to hydrate you.
-Get out of the house. If you are at work all day, then you definitely have less to worry about. But perhaps on weekends you can find some air-conditioned activities during the hottest hours. Night will be more bearable, so looking for comfort during the daytime can make your day much more pleasant.
-Wear breathable fabrics and light layers. Wear less clothes if you have to, but just make sure you are making smart choices with your attire.
-Shower with cold water. Often. This is another thing I just don't love, but it's so incredibly refreshing. I always started with tepid water and worked my way down to cold water.
-My best tip would probably be to avoid living on the top floors if you plan to live without an air conditioner. Since hot air rises, my fourth-floor apartment ended up being miserable in summer and in winter.