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Here Are Several Common Airbnb Problems No One Checks for Before Booking

Map Happy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

It's really easy to glance at the rating, scroll through the pictures, check the price and check out. If I was booking a hotel, I'd never have to think twice: I expect all my hotel comforts to be sitting and waiting there for me. But unfortunately, hotel comforts aren't standard in residential buildings.

Olympic Organizers In Rio Have Cut Air Conditioning From The Budget

AP | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 12.04.2015 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO — The 10,500 athletes at next year's Olympics will feel first-hand the deep budget cuts buffeting the Rio de Janeiro Games: they...

Beating the Heat in Dubai: Alternative Air Conditioning Refrigerants Show Big Gains at High Temperature

David Doniger | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Concern about the efficiency of air conditioning in very hot climates has been an obstacle to winning agreement on a phase-down of the powerful heat-trapping chemicals known as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons). Now we have new test data on the performance of next-generation refrigerants in air conditioners commonly used in homes and buildings.

James Agee and the Lost World of Porches

Pia de Jong | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Pia de Jong

Summer in America is the coldest time of the year. Women in particular suffer from the chill that pervades the land. For me, this is a season of goosebumps, blue fingers and toes, and chattering teeth.

With No ACs And Record High Temps, Hawaii Schools Consider 'Heat Days'

AP | Chloe Fox | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) -- In her 90-degree classroom, Hawaii teacher Sharon Nichols is so desperate to keep her third-graders cool that she walks around the cl...

Science Has An Explanation For Why Women Are Freezing At Work

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you're the type of woman who's always wrapping herself in a giant blanket during the steaming hot summer months at work, there's a reason...

Climate Change This Week: Hillary's Climate Action Plan, a Wind Power Sheet, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Forests Disappear, So Do Beautiful Insects. Forests: the cheape...

Puppy Meets Air Conditioning, And It's Love At First Bite

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.06.2015 | Weird News

Who can resist something cold and refreshing in the heat? Not this puppy. Watch it react to the brisk blast blowing as it's introduced to air condi...

How To Make A DIY Air Conditioner For Under $20

Supercompressor | Posted 06.30.2015 | HuffPost Home

With winter at least six months away there has to be some way to cool down without spending all your hard-earned shekels on a pricey new air conditioner. Luckily, there is. For just $19.73, you can make a DIY air conditioner using materials that you probably have in your house.

White Roof, Low Energy

NationSwell | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact

Traditional roofing materials (like black tar), convert sunlight to heat -- dramatically raising the interior temperatures and increasing cooling costs. Coating a roof white reflects the sunlight, drastically reducing its temperature and that of the building's interior and surrounding environment.

How to Help Keep Your AC From Affecting Your Health

Kayla Matthews | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Matthews

As the heat and humidity begin to overwhelm us, we wonder how we'd survive without air conditioning. It's convenient to turn on the AC as soon as th...

How to Make Your New Home's HVAC System More Energy Efficient

Will Housh | Posted 05.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Will Housh

So, you've moved into a new home and you just got your first utility bill. Is it higher than you expected? If so, your HVAC system may be the cause.

Southern Comfort: Saying Hello to Fall in South Carolina

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.22.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

When it comes to the mechanically cooled contemporary American South, this may be close to blasphemy. But here goes: Some of us do not like central air. Indoor breezes are indoor breezes, if you ask me. You might be in a mall, or at the movies, or driving around in your car.

5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Improving Indoor Air Quality

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Dorit Sasson

With so much talk about protecting the environment and eco-friendly products, consider the following tips to improve the air quality of your home and create a cleaner, greener home.

"Miles to Go Before It Sleeps"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.27.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Any motorist knows that the best way to ensure longevity is to regularly check your parts, monitor your fluids and make sure your und...

Life Before Air Conditioning

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

In the age of climate change, can we possibly put air conditioners into the deep freeze? Probably not.

To Save the Planet, Obama Sets White House A/C to 85 Degrees

Bill Frezza | Posted 09.28.2013 | Comedy
Bill Frezza

The President, appearing in the White House briefing room dressed only in swim trunks, announced that for the duration of the summer, all thermostats in the White House will be set to 85 degrees.

You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain somet...

I Live in a Refrigerator

Myra Demeter | Posted 12.10.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I live in a refrigerator. Actually, I live in a house with five men -- four of them are my grown sons and one is my husband. They are hot. They are big, strapping men. They need air conditioning -- and they need it blowing hard.

Can Air Conditioning Cause a Sore Throat? Why?

Quora | Posted 10.30.2012 | Health News

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jae Won Joh, sleepy medical student Sure, but blaming air conditioning for sore throats is like bla...

A Homecoming: On Air Conditioning in America

Seth Engel | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
Seth Engel

Our daily actions and choices have real consequences for the environment that we bequeath to our children, and I was taken aback by some of these American practices upon my return from abroad.


Posted 07.06.2012 | New York

The heat is here to stay this weekend in New York City. Temperatures will jump into the triple digits Saturday, nearing 100 degrees, with the cement-c...

Low Cost Cooling

Wendy Gordon | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Give your appliances a break: Remember it's summer. Dry your clothes on a clothes line. Grill outside, and dine by candle light. And turn off your computers and entertainment equipment at night.

Hot-Headed Homeowner Allegedly Pulled Gun On AC Repairman

Posted 07.03.2012 | Weird News

Just stay cool, everyone. A disgruntled Florida man allegedly pulled a gun on an air-conditioner repairperson for his supposed unsatisfactory work,...

LOCKOUT: Con Ed Dismisses Over 8,000 Workers During Heat Wave

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2012 | New York

* Contract talks stall as deadline passes * ConEd tells union workers not to report Sunday * Heat wave expected to boost...