9 Tips to Stay Cool with a Broken Air Conditioner
We have all been experiencing the brutal Midwest heat of the last few weeks. If you have a properly maintained a/c unit then you were able to rest easy with assurance that your air conditioner would properly cool your home to comfortable temperatures.
If you have the unfortunate experience of dealing with an air conditioner malfunction during the sweltering summer months, you may be looking for what to do if your air conditioner breaks. It is important to know how to cool down in these hot temperatures. Here are some tips to help you stay cool until your a/c is back up and running.
Block Out The Light
You want to block as much light from coming into your house during the day, this is especially important on south and west facing windows. Closing your blinds or curtains can lower the temperature inside your home by up to 20 degrees, which is a great help when you are trying to stay cool!
Make Your Own Sea Breeze
Here’s a great tip on how to cool a room: fill a large mixing bowl with ice or ice packs. If you position it at an angle in front of a large fan the air the fan gives off will be extra cold with an ice cold mist to go along with it. When you are in a hot house with no air conditioning this is a great way to keep cool!
Check Your Fan Direction
During the summer months you want to ensure your fan is moving in a counter-clockwise direction. This will force the air down into the room creating a cool breeze.
Cool Your Body Directly
You’re probably wondering how to keep your body cool. Drinking cold drinks or applying a cold compress to your neck and wrists can help you cool yourself down, from the inside out. You also want to make sure you are making smart clothing choices; you should wear loose fitting clothes that are light and breathable.
Use Your Exhaust Fans
It is important to run your exhaust fan in your bathroom after showering; this will pull the warm and damp air out of the house. If your kitchen fan exhausts out of the house, running it while you are preparing a meal can help prevent the house from heating up due to cooking.
Cool Off In Bed
Sleeping in a hot bedroom can be miserable; here are a few tips on how to stay cool at night. Fleece and flannel sheets are an excellent choice in the winter, but when it comes to warm weather cotton is the king! Because cotton is a more breathable fabric it stays cooler than fleece or flannel. To help stay cool while sleeping you can freeze a water bottle and place it at your feet. You can also try putting your sheets in the freezer for a short period of time and making your bed with the chilled sheets directly before going to sleep.
Heat rises, so you will want to spend as much time as possible on the lowest level of your home.
Use Cool Nighttime Air
Check your weather forecast. If the weather is predicted to drop below the interior temperature of your house it’s a great idea to open your windows at night to let that cool air in. Just remember to get those windows and blinds closed in the morning before the day heats up and begins to further heat up your home.
Take Your Cooking Outdoors
When it is hot in your house the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stove and heat the house up further. This is the perfect time to take that heat outside and fire up the grill!
These are some quick and easy tips for you to employ if you are trying to stay cool in the heat and survive the days until your air conditioner is fixed. Remember to stay up to date with your HVAC maintenance so that you don’t have to go through this hot ordeal again!