I have fond memories of the days I was attending college in the south. But, despite the beautiful campus and interesting classes, one aspect that drove me crazy was how the dormitories lacked central air. I remember how my room would get to the point that I was actually driven to go to the library because it was cooler!
Then, my best buddy gave me the idea that I should follow his lead and purchase a small fan I could put in my room. Now, that my kids are going to college, I'm going to get an electric fan for them, but not before I give them a few tips on how to use this device.
I told my children that before I take them to buy a fan, they should evaluate how much space they have in their dorm room. If they are interested in a window fan, I advised them that their windows should have windows screens. This step prohibits annoying small insects from entering through the tiny cracks that the electric fans don't fill.
Furthermore, I let them know that it is important to decide which window to place the fan in. The same amount of air should be blowing in as it is out. If there is an uneven amount of air that can't be balanced, I told my little ones that it's more efficient to have more air blowing inward. This is because dust and insects are less likely to enter a room when doors are left open.
Finally, when it comes to installing and placing the fan in the window, I lectured my kids on the importance of closing the window as tightly as possible around the fan. This will prevent the fan from falling out of place and will stop local air from inside from circulating around the room.
I told my children (or young adults!) that following their steps will keep them cool all year round.