How to Stay Cool When Your Air Conditioning Unit Breaks Down
We don't have to tell you it's unpleasant to have an air conditioner break down on a hot, humid summer day. We're always ready to arrive as promptly as possible to help you out should this happen. Until you can have your AC fixed, though, your top priority is, understandably, staying cool and comfy. Luckily, there are some ways you can keep your cool when your air conditioning unit breaks down.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a simple and effective way to stay cool until your air conditioning unit gets fixed. Be sure the rotation is set counter-clockwise. What this does is draw warmer air upwards towards the ceiling and away from your living spaces.
Shut Curtains and Blinds (and Turn the Lights Off)
The sun adds more warmth to your inside spaces than you may realize. Until your cooling system is repaired, close curtains or pull down the blinds, especially in sun-filled rooms or spaces. On a related note, turn off as many lights as possible so you're not generating extra heat in your home.
Open Doors and Windows
Another quick and easy step to take, if there's a nice breeze outside, is to open your doors and windows. This allows air to circulate better throughout your home, which reduces the buildup of heat and humidity. Or you could simply go outside or relax on a covered porch or patio.
Change Up How You Cook
It's not a good idea to run a hot oven or cook on the stove when your air conditioning unit isn't working. This can build up extra unwanted heat in your home. Instead, opt for sandwiches, salads, or other things that can be easily made from what you have in the fridge. Another possibility is running to the store to pick up some pre-made meals or prepared foods that don't require heating or cooking.
Go Out for a While to a Nice, Cool Place
If all else fails and your home is simply too hot and uncomfortable without AC, head to a place where air conditioning is usually running. This could include a local indoor mall, a neighborhood coffee shop, or even the nearby home of a friend or relative you know has an air conditioner. Some communities also have cooling stations set up on really hot days or designated places where people can come to remain cool.
Drink Plenty of Water
Even when your AC is working fine, staying hydrated is a good idea. It's even more important to do this if your cooling system suddenly breaks down on a hot summer day. Cool water and drinks with ice naturally keep your internal body temperature lower, reducing the risk of serious health-related problems due to the heat. You'll also feel cooler and more refreshed. Also, putting a water-soaked washcloth or towel on your neck or forehead can help you stay cool.
Call Us Today
Another thing to do when your air conditioning unit is suddenly on the fritz is to reach out to us at Command Service Center. We'll quickly assess the situation and determine the most effective and affordable way to get your AC working again. Routine air conditioner maintenance is also worth considering to reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns.
Call today to get expert help from our service pros ASAP.