An AC breakdown in the summer is inconvenient, to say the least. Fortunately, while waiting for a technician to come fix your central air conditioning unit, there are several things you can do to cool off.
1. Close the blinds or curtains. Nearly 30 percent of unwanted heat enters your home through windows (particularly the ones facing south and west), so you need to close the blinds or curtains to prevent heat from entering your house. Closing the blinds and curtains can lower the temperature inside your home by up to 20 degrees.
2. Turn off lights and appliances. Appliances, electronics and light bulbs generate heat that can increase indoor temperatures. That’s why, until your AC is back up and running again, it’s best to run your washing machine and dishwasher only when there’s a full load.
3. Go downstairs. Heat rises, so it’s best to stay on the lowest floor of your house until the AC technician arrives.
4. Avoid using fans in temperatures higher than 95 °F. What many don’t know is that using a fan on hot, humid summer days (when sweat evaporates slower) can actually make you feel hotter. As a general rule, you shouldn’t use a fan when indoor temperatures are higher than 95 °F.
Here’s a tip: If indoor temperatures are below 95 °F, set your fan to move in a counter-clockwise direction to generate a cool breeze all around your room.
5. Place a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan. Here’s a heat hack: Place a bowl or pack of ice cubes in front of your fan and let the cool, misty breeze cool you down.
Why Routine AC Inspections Are Important
Routine inspections and maintenance are a must if you want to keep your AC unit in good working condition and prevent breakdowns. As a general rule, you should have your air conditioner checked every six months.
Are you looking for experienced AC technicians near you?
M&M has been serving local residents since 1976. We offer a wide range of professional heating and air conditioning services. If your AC is on the fritz again, schedule a quick inspection by calling us at (209) 952-6580 or filling out this form.