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Old 05-08-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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Just got home from work. Per a neighbor's advice, left the kitchen window open while at work..big difference! Still warmish, but not nearly as bad..now I need to return this dehumidifier.....
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Yeaaaah leaving all the windows closed is a great way to make an apartment hot. You're blocking off air circulation and all the air trapped inside is getting heated up by sunlight.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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Heat Rises, for one. Like everyone else has said - cross ventilation. I recommend buying a tiny little fan called the Vornado. It's specifically designed to circulate the air within you apartment and cross-ventiliate at the same time. $60 bucks, but worth it!
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Exactly. I recommend cross ventilation and fans. In the summer if I know it's going to be a really hot day, I place a sheet over my largest western facing windows to keep the sunlight out until the evening. I swear it keeps the internal temp from rising a good additional ten degrees.

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i have the same problem with my house in the valley. the weather is warm all day, but the inside of the house stays nice. then in the evening as the weather cools off outside, the heat that has soaked up into the roof and walls all day starts seeping inside and it's warmer indoors than it is outside. i had the same problem at an apartment in santa monica. you have to keep the air moving in your unit to avoid things getting stuffy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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I'm intrigued by the sheet and tin foil ideas, as well as the Vornado. Where is the best place to find a Vornado?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I'm intrigued by the sheet and tin foil ideas, as well as the Vornado. Where is the best place to find a Vornado?
Pretty sure Target, Walmart, or Amazon has them.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:14 AM
 
Location: South Korea
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I just got a Honeywell "power air circulator" fan from Target, it was like $15 and the box advertises it as good for circulation. I dunno how good it is for that but I use it as a fan and it's fine and keeps the room cool--for some reason my room gets really warm whether it's cool out or not, while the rest of the apartment can get really cold. So if you don't feel like spending a bunch on the Vornado maybe see if your local department store has a Honeywell fan.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Yes, buy two fans and use them in a "push-pull" configuration "pulling" from the cooler/shadier exposure and leave them running all day to circulate air. This will help but there's only so much you can do on a second floor if your apartment faces south or west. The nice thing about LA is it always cools off at night so, after the sun sets, things get more comfortable pretty quickly.
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