There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
When you live in a hot climate, air conditioning is more of a necessity than a luxury. When your central AC unit fails, and you have to wait for repairs, the heat can be sweltering. Here are a few ways to keep your cool while awaiting the arrival of the repair team.
Sit in a cool bath.
If you don't have anywhere to go, consider filling the bathtub with cool water and stepping in. You can even browse your email on your phone or read a book while you soak. If you have kids or a partner who also needs to stay cool, have everyone don their bathing suits and take turns getting in and out of the tub. You may need to periodically change the water as it warms up.
Turn the ceiling fans on.
Ceiling fans, when turned on counter clockwise, will help pull warm air up towards the ceiling so that the rest of your home feels a bit cooler. Plus, having the air circulate past you will cool you off more than sitting around in a home where the air is still. For more extreme cooling, mist your skin with a spray bottle and then stand under the ceiling fan. The moving air will cause the water to evaporate from your skin, taking some of the heat away with it.
Keep the windows closed.
You may be tempted to open the windows to let some breeze in, but, in the long run, doing so will do more harm than good. Opening the windows will allow humidity into the home, and the more humid your air is, the hotter it will feel. Keep those windows shut and minimize the number of times you open and close your exterior doors, too.
Drink plenty of water.
Sitting around in a hot house can dehydrate you pretty quickly, and, when you're dehydrated, you'll feel even hotter and more miserable. Sip on ice water throughout the day. Add some fruit or a squeeze of lemon juice if you need to make the water more enticing. Stay away from soda and coffee as the caffeine they contain may make you even more dehydrated.
If the heat truly becomes unbearable, consider going to an air conditioned store or restaurant while you wait for repairs. Your HVAC technician may be able to call you when they're on the way so you can meet them back at your house. For more tips on how to stay cool until your AC is fixed, talk to a company like Lakeside Heating & A/C Inc.