It’s the middle of the summer, and your aircon has just broken down. Nightmare. While you’re waiting for someone to come out and fix it, it looks like you’re going to suffer miserably. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can stay cool without your AC. They might not be as convenient or consistent, but they can still help you. Try out these foolproof methods to stop yourself going crazy with the heat.
Stay in the Dark
Sunlight streaming through your windows is going to heat up your house. A lot of people are unsure about whether to have windows, curtains and blinds open or closed. During the day, keeping your blinds or curtains closed will keep out the sunshine. With doors, it’s best to keep them open and have the cool air flowing through the house.
Reassess Your Sleeping Situation
The hardest thing about scorching summers is often the nights. Trying to sleep without air conditioning can be next to impossible. If you don’t already change your sheets seasonally, it’s time to remake the bed with some cooler linens. Selecting cotton will help, since it breathes more easily. Of course, go light on the layers, so you don’t get too warm. When it’s time to put your PJs on, choose something loose and light. And there’s always going without if that’s more your thing. It probably goes without saying, but hot summer nights aren’t the best time to cuddle.
Make Your Fans Ice Cool
You’ve probably got some fans going like crazy to try and keep the air circulating. But sometimes they can feel pretty ineffective. If you want to take them up a notch, make sure you have plenty of ice in your freezer. Fill a bowl with ice cubes and place it in front of a fan and you’ll get an icy cool breeze. Much better than your fans just circulating the same warm air.
Keep Your Temperature Down
It’s hard to change the temperature in your home when there’s no AC available. So you’re better off focusing on your body temperature instead. There are lots of things you can do to cool yourself down throughout the day. Drinking a cold drink or putting a cold cloth on pulse points like your wrists will bring your temperature down. A hot drink might also be able to cool you down. However, it only works if the sweat you produce can evaporate. So drink a coffee next to a fan. Choose your clothes carefully too so you don’t feel suffocated.
Open Up Your Home at Night
Making the most of the cooler nights in important. When the sun goes down, opening up some of your windows to let a breeze in will help. If you’re worried about bugs, get some netting up on the windows to keep them out. If there isn’t much of a breeze outside, set up your fans by the window. Just make sure you get up early so you can put the house on heat lockdown again.
All these things will help to keep you cool when your AC is on the fritz. However, using our 24-hour callout service to get it repaired ASAP will make sure you don’t have to suffer for long.