A Fan At The Top Of The Stairs
I've mentioned that I live without AC. I never planned it as a statement but it went out a few years back and I found that I could just retreat into the basement in really hot times, where I have a second bed, and survive with a minimal of discomfort. Also as a webmaster of a site about green living and sustainability, I should be "walking the talk" in practice, shouldn't I?
Last year, with just one cat, I would just leave the door open and wake up at times with her sleeping on the chair I have next to the bed, to block the basement light from my face. I leave a light on, because I'm old and a fall in a pitch black basement would be bad, lol.
This year I have more than one cat. I've been fostering some shy animals from a local shelter I volunteer at and decided I didn't want the new three to have free access to the basement. During this week's heat emergency I decided to see if something I'd read about, aka putting a fan at the top of the basement stairs to pull cool air from below worked. So I put a big box fan in the open doorway, piled a few boxes on either side to prevent the cats from jumping it and went to bed.
First impressions, it works sort of. Its not AC but it did keep the temperature inside moderately cool. I closed the outside windows when I went to bed (now at about 10 am). I did wake occasionally wet from sweat, but the small fan next to the head of my bed kept me cool.
A second fan at the bottom of the stairs, aimed up, might increase the cooling.
Luckily, the heat is supposed to break tomorrow.