How to Stay Cool When Waiting for Emergency AC Repair

July 5, 2017

It’s a hot afternoon in Ohio, and your air conditioner is running at full tilt. Suddenly, it shudders, it shrieks, and it stops working altogether. You call Rick’s Heating & Cooling for an emergency repair, but it’s a busy afternoon—lots of ACs are breaking down in today’s high heat and humidity. Follow these tips to stay cool when waiting for a repair technician to arrive at your door.

Close the Blinds

The moment your malfunctioning air conditioner turns off, go around the house and shut all the blinds and curtains, especially on south- and west-facing windows. Direct sunlight is a major source of unwanted heat gain in your home, so by reflecting it back outside, you can lower the indoor temperature by up to 20 degrees.

Refrain from Generating Heat Indoors

If your goal is to keep your home cooler than the exterior while you wait for an emergency AC repair technician, you must minimize interior heat gain. Avoid using large heat-generating appliances such as the stove, oven, dishwasher, and clothes dryer. You should even skip drying your hair, getting on the computer, and turning on lights to keep your home as cool as possible.

Turn on a Fan

Airflow from a ceiling fan helps you feel up to four degrees cooler. For added effect, position a bowl of ice in front of a box fan and sit down in front of it. The air blowing over the ice becomes extra chilled to make you feel even cooler.

Retreat to the Basement

This is the coolest place in your home because it’s located underground. Spend your time waiting for an emergency air conditioner repair technician in the basement. It’s bound to stay comfortable here for hours after your air conditioner stops working.

Spray Yourself with Water

Fill a squirt bottle with water and spray yourself down often. Not only does the water feel good on your skin, but when it evaporates, it creates a cooling effect that lowers your body temperature. This is why your body sweats! To maximize the effect, sit in front of a fan and spray water into the oncoming breeze. You’ll feel chilly in no time.

Wear Wet Clothes

A wet bandana on your neck is a great way to stay cool, but you can take this one step further by wearing an entirely wet outfit. Spray your clothes thoroughly with your squirt bottle or put on clothing straight out of the washing machine. It takes awhile for the fabric to dry, which keeps you nice and cool for an extended period of time.

Drink Ice Water & Eat Cold Food

It’s important to drink lots of water when your air conditioner breaks down because you’ll naturally sweat more in response to the hotter temperatures. To stay hydrated, sip ice-cold water while you wait for a repair technician.

If lunch or dinnertime rolls around, opt for a salad, sandwich, fruit, raw vegetables, or other cold food. And don’t forget ice cream for dessert! These choices prevent you from using the stove or oven to cook. Plus, eating cold food helps keep your body temperature down, so you don’t overheat.

Contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling for Emergency Air Conditioner Repair in Cincinnati

The faster you call us after your air conditioner breaks down, the sooner we’ll arrive at your door! We provide 24-hour emergency HVAC repair service to customers in the Greater Cincinnati area. Whether your AC stops working late on a hot July night or leading up to a long holiday weekend, Rick’s Heating & Cooling is here for you. Don’t put off restoring home comfort—give us a call right away at 513-899-6005!