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How to Stay Cool at Home When Your A/C Breaks Part I

How to Stay Cool at Home When Your A/C Breaks Part I

When your air conditioner stops working, you may suddenly realize just how ridiculously hot it is! That’s not a situation any of us want to be in. This guide breaks down all that you need to know to A) make sure your A/C doesn’t suddenly break down on you, B) understand some effective strategies to keeping your home cool while you wait for repairs, and C) getting your A/C repaired quickly and effectively. If you’re not sure that your A/C is going to make it through the summer, contact SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland to help make sure your air conditioner is ready for peak summer use.

Prepare for the Worst

To prevent your air conditioner from suddenly breaking down on you this summer, leaving you struggling to cool down in your sweat-box of a house, you may want to get your outdoor unit inspected before hot temperatures hit Northern Colorado this year. You can do a DIY inspection as well as hire professionals. For a DIY inspection, make sure it turns on and has no debris accumulated on it. If there are blockages, it may not work correctly or could become damaged. Also, make sure your test-run lasts long enough that you are able to see it actually gets cool enough. If it doesn’t, it may need a filter replacement or repairs. Lastly, you can check all the ducts in your home to make sure that there is nothing blocking them, like furniture or rugs. However, it’s always a good idea to get professionals over to inspect and diagnose any problems your air conditioner may be having. There are a lot of parts that can break down in your air conditioner. For example, parts that frequently require attention are things like circuit breakers, transformers, and condenser fans/blowers. You’re not likely going to be able to address issues with the specificity that a professional HVAC company would. Especially if there are some funny noises or it’s not working properly, it might be a good idea to call SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 970-251-0755 to get your air conditioner checked out. SWAN offers fast, affordable air conditioning repair services for the entire Northern Colorado region. Contact us today!

Strategies for Staying Cool When Your Air Conditioner Breaks

While you are waiting for the the HVAC company to show up to fix your A/C, there are some things you can do to keep your home cool.

Use Your Ceiling Fan

Chances are you have a ceiling fan. Turning it on will obviously help cool down your home. However, something you may not know is that if your ceiling fan is rotating clockwise it will actually be pushing warm air down towards you. So check to make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counterclockwise. Counterclockwise rotation helps pull warm air up towards the ceiling, instead of pushing it back down at you.

Fans, Fans, and More Fans!

The more fans you have going, the cooler your home will be. They don’t even need to be electric, as Cleopatra well understood. Giant palm leaves aside, there are many great options for fans; some that actually have built-in air conditioning themselves! If you want to be really clever, you can put a series of fans in a row going from your basement, up the stairs, and into the rest of your house.

Migrate to the Basement

As heat rises, you probably have noticed that your basement tends to be the coolest part of your house. One of the easiest ways to stay cool is to head down to the basement for some relief from the heat. Basements can be around 10 degrees cooler than the rest of your house. Hanging out down there until the air conditioning technician arrives is not a bad idea!

Avoid Using Heat-Generating Appliances

Using the stove, dishwasher, dryer, or other heat-generating appliances can add unnecessary extra heat to your already hot home. Instead of using the oven to cook dinner, it might be a better idea to make a salad. Instead of running the dishwasher, it might be better to temporarily wash your dishes by hand.

Close Your Vents

Closing your vents can strategically direct air from cool parts of your house to the places where you spend the most time.

Keep the Lights Off

Another appliance that can generate a surprising amount of heat are your lights. When you need lighting, just be selective of what you choose. CFL and LED light bulbs generate the least amount of heat while incandescent lights generate the most.

Cover Your Windows

No need to have all that extra sunlight beaming in heating up your house when the air conditioner is broken. Cover your windows, draw your blinds/curtains, and stay a bit cooler. You may wish to install blackout curtains to provide maximum protection from the sun’s radiant heat.

Use Ice

There are a couple of things you can do with ice. A classic is to get a bucket of ice and put a fan in front of it, so that while it evaporates, the cool air is circulated around the room. You can also simply apply ice packs or get your clothes wet in icy water.

Insulate Your Home

It may seem somewhat counter-intuitive, but having a well-insulated home will actually help keep cool air in and cold air out. Check around your windows for any gaps or places where the heat is coming in and plug it up just like you would in winter.

Contact a Professional

Of course, staying cool is only a temporary solution to a problem that needs to be addressed technically. When you hire SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. you can get same-day services. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t suffer pointlessly when a solution is just a phone call away. Give SWAN Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Loveland a call at 970-251-0755 today! Looking for more tips for staying cool this summer? Check out part II of this article series!

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