How to Stay Cool with a Broken AC

So, your AC is malfunctioning, and you’ve tried basic troubleshooting attempts to no avail. Now, you’re awaiting a technician’s assistance, and you’re grappling with the uncomfortable heat. We understand the urgency of such situations and that’s why we’re here to guide you. 

Remember, Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling extends 24-hour emergency services, available all 7 days of the week, throughout the year. Our NATE-certified technicians are dedicated to serving our esteemed customers anytime, anywhere. In case of emergencies, we assure you of prompt help and we will definitely get to your side as soon as we are able to. 

In the meantime, follow these practical tips to stay cool until your technician arrives: 

  • Switch on Your Ceiling Fans and Alter their Rotation to Counterclockwise 
  • Draw your Window Blinds and Curtains Close  
  • Limit the Opening of Your Home’s External Doors  
  • Ventilate Your Home at Night by Opening the Windows 
  • Avoid Usage of Appliances that Emit Heat 
  • Make a Temporary AC 

Switch on Your Ceiling Fans and Alter their Rotation to Counterclockwise 

Ceiling fans usually rotate clockwise by default, providing an additional cooling effect by pushing air downwards; however, in situations where your AC is non-functional, changing your fan’s rotation direction to counterclockwise can actually help. This rearranges any cool air present, spreading it across the room and making the temperature more tolerable. To change fan blade rotation, locate the switch usually found near the fan’s mounting fixture. 

Draw your Window Blinds and Curtains Close 

While sunlight can be quite welcoming, it’s better to close your window blinds and curtains when your AC is not functioning. This helps keep your home relatively cool. Also, resist the temptation to create cross-ventilation during the day by opening windows as they don’t effectively keep out warm air. 

Limit the Opening of Your Home’s External Doors 

You should also minimize the opening of all external doors, such as front, back, basement, and garage doors. This helps prevent warm air from entering your home, making conditions worse. 

Ventilate Your Home at Night by Opening the Windows 

As outdoor temperature naturally falls at night, opening windows can let in cooler air, making your home more comfortable. Just remember to close the windows in the morning! 

Avoid Usage of Appliances that Emit Heat 

Avoid adding to the heat in your home by refraining from using large appliances such as the oven, stove, dryer, and dishwasher. These generate substantial heat, which can further increase indoor temperature. 

Make a Temporary AC 

Desperate times may require innovative solutions! Did you know that with just ice and an electric fan, you can create your own cooling device? Do this by filling a large bowl or container with ice and placing it in front of a switched-on electric fan. The fan will blow warm air onto the ice, cooling the air circulating in the room and providing you with much-needed relief. 

These recommendations should help you stay cool while your AC is being fixed! Remember, Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling is always ready to assist with your HVAC needs. We are committed to offering effective and prompt service. Don’t hesitate to call us for our five-star customer service! 

Still need to book an appointment for your air conditioner repair? Call Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling today at (740) 212-5849, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here

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