How to Stay Cool When Your Air Conditioning Unit Breaks Down

It's no surprise that having air conditioning in your home is a must during the middle of the hot summer season. While you may not want to think about it, your air conditioner may malfunction from time to time. If your AC breaks down in the middle of summer, there are numerous actions that you can take to keep your family cool until your AC unit gets fixed.

Turn on Your Ceiling Fans

An excellent method to keep a cool breeze going is to turn your ceiling fans on. You'll want them to spin in a counterclockwise direction so that the fan blades can push a breeze downwards. This breeze can make it feel up to 10 degrees cooler in your home than it actually is.

Close Your Blinds

Direct sunlight can wreak havoc on the temperature inside of your home. In fact, having direct sunlight coming in an average-sized window can increase the temperature inside of that room by up to 10 degrees. It's best to close the blinds and curtains on windows that receive direct sunlight throughout the day. This will keep the sunlight from penetrating the air inside your home and heating it up.

Don't Cook Indoors

One of the worst things that you can do in the summertime to alter the temperature inside of your home is cooking indoors. Simply having the stovetop or oven running can drive up the thermometer and make your family uncomfortable. Instead, opt for cooking outside on the grill or a cold-cut style meal.

Add Some Ice to Your Fans

If you have box fans running throughout your home to create a chilling breeze, it can help increase your family's comfort level. A great way to upgrade these box fans is to place ice directly in front of the fans. This will allow the fan's breeze to blow the coldness radiating off of the ice towards you. It's typically best to opt for putting ice in a large bowl or cookie sheet so that you can transfer as much coldness as possible with your fans.

Take Cold Showers

Sometimes it can feel as if your body is scolding hot when your air conditioner is not working. A great way to combat this feeling is to jump into a relatively cold shower. If you have a pool, this can help too. Having your body submerged in cold water for a short period can allow it to drop down in temperature and make you feel more comfortable. If you don't have time for a shower, try using a cold towel or a towel with ice wrapped up inside on the back of your neck. This will come into instant contact with the large vein running through the neck that can help to provide a cool sensation to your entire body.

Call Us Today

If you're struggling with a broken air conditioning system, then it's time to give us a call at Romano Bros. Heating & Air. Let our knowledgeable HVAC technicians evaluate your AC unit and get it fixed so that your family can get back to enjoying all the comforts that indoor air conditioning has to offer.