Re: Man it's hot in the UK at the moment !
Modern air conditioning units here in the US have timers and thermostats. When the room reaches the desired temperature, the A/C unit will switch to fan only. You can also leave the vent open on the air conditioning unit to let the outside air in though the A/C, which should address the whole dry air / sore throat thing.
You can buy a window/portable A/C unit for anywhere from $89USD & up. Can't you run down to the appliance store and purchase one?
The ice & fan thing is similar to a "swamp cooler." Evaporative cooling. It can reduce the air temperature as much as 20 degrees, but is really only this effective in dry climates.
BTW, it's 82 degrees here in Michigan.
Last edited by kirk; 07-04-2006 at 02:17 PM.