How to Keep Cool When the A/C is out
When temperatures soar we run inside our homes and flip on the air conditioning to cool off. Sometimes, the air conditioner does not work. Whether it is due to technical mishaps or an energy-saving plan, you need relief fast. Call your preferred HVAC technician to provide proper AC maintenance and care if technical difficulties are the issue. In the meantime, we can strategize to cool down using what we have on hand.
Adjust the Home Environment:
Depending on how hot and humid the air is outside, keeping the windows open or closed will be more beneficial. If there is a nice breeze out, open certain windows and doors to create a nice drafty cross-breeze.
If the weather outside is blazing hot, keep every door and window shut, this will lock the cooler air inside the house. In addition, minimize the heat inside of the home by blocking the amount of sunlight and heat that enter the home. One way to assist is by closing blinds and drapes.
Remember that heat rises, so move yourself to the lowest part of your home, whether that is the first floor or the basement.
This is also the time to bring out the old portable fans. Even a ceiling fan can bring a considerable amount of relief. Simply reach for the top of the ceiling fan and move the switch to the summer setting. This should reverse the rotation of the fan blades counterclockwise, which ushers cool air down towards you.
Avoid Using Large Appliances:
Large appliances are sources for internal heating. Eliminate or minimize using appliances such as the dishwasher, stove, oven, clothes dryer and even the television. Turn off the lights and work by natural sunlight, which should be abundant. If tiled or wood floored areas are available in your home, try creating a workspace there.
Make a Home Environment:
Dressing in light layers helps keep you feeling cool and refreshed. Stay away from hot foods and drinks that warm up your body. Alcoholic drinks and caffeinated drinks are particularly heating and dehydrating. Drink water, even if it is at room temperature, to keep your body as cool as possible.
You can also create your own cooling system by placing a bowl of ice or ice water in front of a portable fan.
After you shower, turn on the bathroom fan to reduce the amount of humidity that spreads throughout the house.
If all else fails, move yourself into a nearby coffee house or the local library for more permanent relief. High heat can cause sickness so be sure to find the help you need.
If you have more questions on how to keep cool call us today at (530) 885-3449!