How to Stay Cool When Your AC Breaks Down in the Summer

Posted - July 18, 2022
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We’re facing one of the hottest summers on record in Texas and your HVAC unit is essential to staying comfortable and out of the heat. So, if your AC stops working, you have a huge problem on your hands.

During the summer months, waiting for an AC replacement or repair means hours or days left to your own cooling devices.

6 Ways to Beat the Heat Between Repairs and Replacements

Don’t let the heat get the best of you and your family while you wait on an AC unit repair.

Follow our simple ways to stay cool until your repair is complete.

  1. Cover Up Your Windows

The easiest way to stop your home from overheating is to prevent UV rays from getting in! Closing your curtains and turning down the blinds can help keep the heat out.

Another way to reduce the heat in your home is to reflect the sun’s rays with foil-covered cardboard placed between your windows and coverings.

  1. Turn on the Fans

Unless your power has completely gone out, your home’s fans should still be in service. While the AC is out, turn them on. However, check that they are spinning in reverse so that warm air is pulled up towards the ceiling. This will keep your home much cozier while you wait for an HVAC technician.

  1. Open Up Your Windows at Night

If your AC goes out in the afternoon, it’s likely that you won’t have an appointment with an expert until the next day. The summer evenings may still be warm but they’re much cooler than the summer days most nights.

We suggest opening your windows at night to let warm air out and cool air in. Don’t forget to close them back up once the sun rises!

  1. Avoid Using Heat Generating Appliances

Creating warmth in your home while the AC is down builds up discomfort. Unfortunately, many appliances we use on a daily basis can lead to excess warmth during this time. 

Avoid turning on your stove, oven, or dryer while your unit is out of commission.

  1. Temporary Relocation

Only one person really needs to be available to let the HVAC repairman in. If your home gets a little too warm while the AC is down, send your spouse and the kids out on a family fun adventure. Whether they cool down on a drive with the car’s AC blaring or they get out their energy at an air-conditioned indoor playground, getting out of the house can help take the stress out of the situation.

  1. Rely on Cool Water

Even if you’ve implemented all of our other tips, it’s always important to remain hydrated during the summer (especially during an AC outage). A nice glass of cold water can help lower your body temperature and keep you hydrated until your HVAC repair is complete.

Receive an Efficient, Fast AC Repair Today, With Advanced Home Comfort

If your AC is underperforming or has officially reached its end of life, don’t let your family suffer through the heat. Make sure you hire an AC repair technician as soon as possible.

At Advanced Home Comfort, we specialize in HVAC repair, replacement, and seasonal maintenance. We can help you pinpoint the source of your AC troubles and implement an affordable, effective, long-term solution.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our Dallas home health professionals. We’re ready to bring back the cool in your summer.