NY Good Questions: How Can We Cool Down Our Apt.?

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Dear AT,

My lovely boyfriend and myself moved into an adorable 2 story cottage on Long Island a month ago, and were horrified this past week (when NYC temperatures approached 100 degrees) to discover that every single window in the house is a casement window (the kind that cranks outwards).

We're unable to install an air conditioner in any of our windows, and "portable" air conditioners, besides being a bit pricey, would have to be lugged up and down the stairs.

I'll all about keeping the windows open and using water spritzers and fans, but the last few nights he and I have awoken marinating in our sweat.

Has anyone had to deal with this before? Thanks! Katy

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