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Ac Breaks

Summer in California is wonderful – until your AC breaks. Then, your home becomes a sauna and you start wondering if you should live in a cold shower forever. While our emergency AC repair services are always an option, we’ve got some tried-and-true tips to help you keep your house cool until we can get there to fix your AC!

So… What can you do when your AC breaks but you want to stay cool?

Utilize Fans if You Have Them

Running a fan is a convenient and effective way to keep a room cool in summer without AC. The wind chill effect makes you feel about four degrees cooler, which can make an 84-degree house feel like a much more tolerable 80 degrees. If you don’t have ceiling fans, box fans are an inexpensive way to cool a room.

Pro Tip: Turn your ceiling fans counter-clockwise! Most people don’t realize that ceiling fans can go both ways. The counter-clockwise direction will push the cool air down, while the clockwise direction will only recirculate the warm air in your room.

Lower All The Shades In Your House

That beautiful natural sunlight coming into your home? Unfortunately, it also creates a greenhouse effect, trapping heat in your house throughout the day. Lowering all the shades in your house can help mitigate some of that heat.

If you have large windows without shades, a short-term solution for shading your windows is to hang sheets or towels over them. This will help block out the sun and keep your house cool. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, consider investing in window tinting. Window tinting will help reflect the sun’s rays away from your home, keeping it cooler throughout the day. For a really long-term solution, plant trees or shrubs around your home in front of large windows. This will provide shade and can also help improve your home’s curb appeal.

Open Your Windows At Night

If the temperature is scheduled to drop at night, take advantage of it! Open up your windows to let the cooler air inside and let a current of airflow through the house. If you have security concerns, don’t open windows that are easily accessible at the front of your home – stick to the windows in the backyard. Also, consider investing in window locks so you can feel comfortable cracking the windows open without worry that an intruder may see it as an invitation.

Don’t forget to close the windows in the morning to trap the cool air in and keep the hot air out!

Stick to Salads and No-Cook Dinners

While you may not be able to control the temperature in your home, you can control how much heat you’re generating by cooking. If your AC breaks during a heatwave, stick to salads and no-cook dinners like sandwiches or hearty salads. If you absolutely have to use the oven, try to cook earlier in the day when it’s cooler outside or wait until nightfall.

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Young Couple Suffering From Hot Summer Weather And Sitting On Sofa With Electric Fan

Make a DIY Air Conditioner

If you have a box fan, some ice, and a little bit of creativity, you can make your own DIY air conditioner! Gather a few bowls and fill them with ice. Then, place the bowls in front of the fan and point the fan towards you. The air from the fan will circulate over the ice, cooling it down before it hits you. If you want to get really fancy, you can add a little bit of essential oil to a bowl of water and place it in front of the fan – as the air circulates, your home will be filled with the refreshing scent of peppermint or whichever scent you choose.

Invest in Linen Sheets

Linen is a natural fiber that’s great for regulating temperature. In the summer, linen sheets will help you stay cool at night by wicking away moisture and allowing air to circulate. They’re more durable than cotton sheets, meaning you won’t have to replace them often. And if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, linen is an excellent choice.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is vital for your health in general, but it can also help you stay cool. When your body is adequately hydrated, it’s better able to regulate its temperature, so you’ll be less likely to feel overheated. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.

There you have it – a few tips to help you stay cool if your AC breaks! While we hope you never have to use them, it’s always better to be prepared. And, of course, the best way to avoid AC breaks is to schedule regular maintenance appointments with one of our experienced HVAC technicians.

We hope these tips help you stay cool until our AC repair technicians can get to your home and fix your AC! If all else fails, head to the nearest ice cream shop – sometimes, there’s nothing better than a little bit of brain freeze to cool you down on a hot summer day. Stay cool, everyone!

 

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