Tips To Stay Cool When Your AC Breaks Down
If you’re living in lovely Las Vegas Nevada, then you've no doubt experienced the sweltering desert heat during the summer months. And if you’re one of the unfortunate souls who've experienced that hellish heat without a working air conditioning system, you can attest to the torture. Hey, it happens to the best of us, but it doesn't have to be such a torturous experience. As a matter of fact, there are ways to get by virtually unscathed while you wait for that air conditioning repair or install. I’ll discuss some helpful tips that will keep you cool and comfortable. Block Out That Sun! You may have caught this one our homepage but I’ll go ahead and share it again. For starters, be sure to block out that sun! Sun shining directly through windows contributes to the heat circulating in your home. Using solar screens or temporary shading is great for keeping that heat out. Close Those Windows With no air conditioner to cool off your home, it is important to remember that the air temperature isn’t always the same inside your home as it is on the outside. Once you figure out that the air on the outside is getting hotter than the air on the inside (usually happens during peak day hours), that’s a good cue to close the windows. Open Those Windows Oh my, is this a contradiction? Ah, so it would seem, BUT… as the sun goes down, so does the temperature. This is a good time to open up your windows and let some of that cooler air into your home. Avoid Heavy Home Appliances Some of your most beloved home appliances such as your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and stove can be your worst enemy during a scorching summer day or night. These appliances give off enough heat to turn your house into an oven. Try limiting the use of these items until your air conditioning unit is operable again. Stay Low To Stay Cool Fun fact, heat rises upward. That means, if you have a second floor, that floor is taking one for the team. In other words, the top floor is always going to be the hottest part of your home. Try staying on the first floor to keep cool. Drink Water Best way to cool your body temperature down is by drinking water and staying hydrated. Eat Cold Food Well, not necessarily frozen dinner but perhaps you might consider having an ice-pop, cold yogurt, or cold fruit. Like drinking water, by consuming cold foods, you are keeping your body cool from the inside out. I think you’ll find this tip extremely helpful. Wet Your Feet That’s right, get your feet wet. Soaking your feet in cool water will help reduce your body’s temperature. Fans & Spray Bottles This is one of the best anti-heat combinations ever. It’s simple, cheap, and exceedingly effective. Use a small electric fan along with a spray bottle filled with cool water and you’ll forget all about that dry heat. Reverse Fan Hey, fans can be used for more than just blowing air at you, they can also be used to blow hot air away from you. Try placing a larger fan facing out of an open window. This way the fan is blowing the hot air out of your house. Cold Sheets Try this, place your sheets in the fridge. Take them out and use them just before bed. Cotton sheets are the best choice for this method as cotton gives more ventilation than other material which allows for even airflow. Dampen The Linen Wearing damp clothes during the day can cool your body temperature down from the outside. You could also use a damp towel while you sleep. Just dip a large towel into some cool water and place it over you like blanket. Stay Away From The Light! Okay, here’s a useful tip that should be easy to remember. Just think vampire. We all know that they burn when light hits them. Well, same goes for us! Try keeping the lights dim if you have that option, or use less lights. Light bulbs produce major heat that can turn your already hot house into a gigantic incubator. If you've found any of these tips useful, please feel free to let us know in the comments below. If not, hey, let us know that too. Stay tuned for more tips in the next ADR Blog Post. Until then, stay cool!