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How To Stay Cool If Your AC Breaks Down

Published July 19, 2022
How To Stay Cool If Your AC Breaks Down

Picture this: It is the hottest day Gaffney, South Carolina has had all summer and your air conditioner breaks down. You call your Childer’s technician and they are on the way to identify the reason your AC unit broke down and get your home cool once again. You know that some repairs can take a few hours, so how do you stay cool in the meantime? In this blog, we will give our insider tips and tricks on how to stay cool if your air conditioner breaks down.

8 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

Below are 8 simple ways to ensure your comfort while we repair your air conditioning unit.

Utilize Fans

If your home has ceiling fans, we recommend turning them on when you are in the room. Ceiling fans have specific settings for summer and winter, so ensure your fan is operating counterclockwise while trying to cool down. We also recommend utilizing any other type of fan to maximize your comfort. Fans create a wind chill effect, which makes the room feel cooler. However, fans do not alter the room temperature. Be sure to turn fans off when a room is vacant to minimize electricity usage.

Keep Doors Closed

If your air conditioner is broken, try to keep all of the already cool air inside. This means making sure all doors and windows are closed and opened as little as possible. The longer your doors are open as you exit, the more air conditioned air escapes.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important things you can do in the South Carolina heat is stay hydrated, especially if your air conditioner is broken. Your house will heat up, but if you keep a cold bottle of water handy, it will help you stay cool and hydrated.

Cover Windows

If you have curtains or blinds, we recommend closing them if your air conditioner is out. Although we love the sun shining in our home, it can make your home temperature rise. Keeping your windows covered will minimize the heat entering through your windows from the sun rays.

Try to Not Run Heat-Generating Appliances

Unless absolutely necessary, wait until when your air conditioner is fixed to run heat generating appliances such as a dryer, oven, and dishwasher. These appliances can add to the heat in your home and sacrifice your comfort.

Dress for the Heat

If your air conditioner breaks down, treat it like you are spending the day outside. Dress in lightweight, breathable clothing to help battle the heat. If possible, wear clothing specifically designed for the heat such as “cool touch” fabrics. Cooling towels are also a good item to utilize if your AC is broken.

Flashback to B.A.C. (Before Air Conditioning)

Before we had the luxury or air conditioning, many made makeshift air conditioners. This consisted of a bowl of ice and a box fan. All you have to do is set the bowl of ice in front of the fan and turn the fan on. It will create a cool, air conditioning feel for your comfort.

Plan a Day Trip

If possible, plan a day out while your air conditioner is broken. Public spaces can be an air conditioned and affordable option, such as a library or mall. If it is a beautiful summer day, utilize it to do something outside such as a water park or a hike.

We understand a broken air conditioner is frustrating and can promise to help find a solution as soon as possible. While we examine your air conditioner, we hope you take some of these cooling tips into consideration. We are here to keep you comfortable with our 24/7 air conditioning repair services. Give us a call for any AC needs this summer!