How to Survive a Broken AC

How to Survive a Broken AC
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It’s hot outside and your air conditioner just quit on you. How are you going to survive until you can get your unit up and running again? Don’t despair. With these tips, you’ll be able to beat the heat until help arrives.

Block Out the Sun

You’ve scheduled an appointment with your Tampa FL HVAC service and expect to have your air conditioner up and running again soon, but until that happens, you can make yourself a bit more comfortable by reducing the amount of sunlight that comes into your home.

Approximately, 76% of the sunlight that hits your windows passes into your home as heat. Less sunlight coming through your windows means less heat in your home.

A good way to cut down on the heat from sunlight is to cover your windows with reflective blinds or heavy curtains. A good set of heavy drapes can cut down on the heat from the sun by as much as 33%.

Try These Cooling Hacks

You’ve turned your home into a dark cave, fit for a vampire, but it’s still hot, so now what? Try some cooling hacks to make your space a bit more tolerable.

Put a box fan in your window facing out, instead of blowing in. This can help suck the hot air out of your home and blow it outside. Open some additional windows to increase air circulation and get a cross breeze going.

Hang a damp sheet or towel in front of an open window. The water will evaporate off the fabric, as the air blows through, which will cool the air coming into your home.

Run a fan with a bucket of ice in front of it. The ice will cool the air from the fan as it blows across the bucket.

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If you have a ceiling fan, make sure it is set to run counter-clockwise. This will ensure your fan is blowing air straight down, where you need it.

Eat some watermelon, have a salad or work up a sweat with some spicy food. Surprisingly, the fat content of ice cream can make you feel hotter, but food with high water content like watermelon and leafy greens have a cooling effect.

Utilize these tips to help ease your misery while your air conditioner is broken and keep using them to save yourself some money on your cooling bills once your unit is working again.

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