It’s almost inevitable that at some point in your life, you will experience a small stint of summer without air conditioning because of malfunction or wear-and-tear. Those days when you’re waiting for someone to come and fix it can seem unbearable, but there are some things you can do to cool off in the meantime.
How to Prevent the AC from Dying
It’s impossible to predict when your AC will decide to stop working, so consider hiring someone to do professional maintenance on it in the spring to prepare it for many summers to come. You may also want to consider a smart thermostat, which is a device that tracks the temperature in your home adjusts it on its own. Lastly, give your AC a bit of a break by using a ceiling fan or going outside instead of solely relying on your AC to cool you down.
However, consider the following to keep cool while getting your AC back on track for hot summer weather.
1. Call a maintenance person immediately
It’s common for people to have their AC go out during the summer, so expect a few days wait before anyone can come out to your house. It’s important to call as soon as possible so the situation can be addressed and they can schedule an appointment sooner than later.
2. Open windows and use the ceiling fan
Opening the windows in your home will create a breeze and airflow where there wasn’t before. Using ceiling and standing fans can also do the trick. However, be sure that you have screens on your windows to protect yourself from pests, and be sure that your fans are set to oscillating to get maximum airflow.
3. Use ice packs
Put ice packs on your neck, wrists, and thighs are the best ways to cool down quickly and drastically. If you do use ice packs, however, be sure to have a cloth between you and the ice pack because leaving an ice pack on for too long will give you frostbite!
4. Close doors to rooms
If there are some rooms you go into less often, be sure to close the doors. When trying to create your own airflow, you don’t want to waste that air going into rooms that aren’t frequented.
5. Get a cool towel on your neck
Similar to the ice pack method, putting a cool and damp towel around your neck will help cool you down, but you won’t have to worry about getting frostbite. Be sure to leave plenty of damp towels in the refrigerator for ready-to-go cool towels.
6. Close the curtains
The sun naturally heats up homes, so be sure to close the curtains to block the sun’s rays. Blackout curtains is also an effective option that has special material that reflects heat back outside rather than absorbing it and letting it filter inside.
7. Make a misting machine
For those who want to get creative, you can create your own misting machine! You will need a small desktop fan and a cup or bowl with ice in it. Blow the fan in front of the cup or bowl of ice and it can create a misting effect. Even if mist doesn’t come through, it will still blow cool air from the cup into the room.
8. Stay on the ground floor
It is a common fact that heat rises, so staying on the ground floor is the best choice if you have a home with multi-stories. You can also consider camping out downstairs for the time being: you will be surprised how much cooler a house just by going downstairs!
9. Stay Cool, Drink Water
Try out any or these tips to help you beat the heat when worse comes to worse. Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated during the summer, whether the AC is broken or not! Water helps us maintain a natural body temperature and brings many other benefits to our body, so be sure to drink up!
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1) Avoid exercise & movements; have a nap, etc.
2) Avoid foods & spices. Digestion increases body temperature.
3) Lower air humidity if you can, by not using water based air coolers in a closed room.
4) Lower emotional “temperatures” by being emotionally “cool”; soft gentle music may help.
5) Different parts of the building are cooler than others; away from the sun, increased air flows, away from the roof area, etc.
6) Ceiling fans move hot air down to floor level; use a floor-based fan instead.
7) Avoid using the stove or oven; microwave or raw foods are better.
8) Wear minimal clothing if the air flow can cool your skin.
9) Shower or wipe oils off the skin; increase the evaporation rates from your skin surfaces.
10) If it is a medical “hot flush”, seek medical advice. Medication may help.