What Should You Do If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?  

Is anyone else over Ohio’s humidity? If you’re like me and prefer the cool air in the heat of the summer, then you know the importance of having a functioning A/C. We should know what steps to take if we ever discover our air conditioning unit is not working efficiently. So, what do you do when your air conditioning is acting up or ceases to function? Try not to panic. An impaired A/C is undoubtedly discouraging, but it’s our pleasure at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling to help with your air conditioning necessities; you can find comfort in that! Plus, it will benefit you to know the dos and don’ts for handling such circumstances.  

My Power Is Out; What Should I Do?  

If a power outage ensues during Ohio’s muggy summer months, it will benefit you to know how to preserve a comfortable body temperature to remain cool while waiting for the power within your home to return.  

  • Wet a towel or sheet in cold water and position it on your body while you sleep. A cold and damp washcloth is my go-to for a swift cool down, and it works pretty well for me, though temporary. H2O is a must! When you’re hot, you lose a fair amount of water through perspiring, so you must attempt to replenish it. 
  • Eat cold foods; I mean, if your electricity is out, then they’re melting within your freezer anyway, so you might as well relish in a frozen snack to cool yourself down.  
  • Wear cotton. Dress in the breathable material, aka the thinnest, loosest cotton clothes you have; your body will thank you.  
  • Remove your socks and shoes.  
  • Avoid snuggling up with one another, at least for extended periods. While this may seem insignificant, sharing body heat will not help you support you and your loved ones to keep cool, so keep that space when possible.  
  • Another odd-sounding yet practical action is to rest on the floor; while not offering a comfy surface, especially when not carpeted, it can be cool to the touch and doesn’t trap heat the way your mattress will. Plus, heat moves upward; thus, the closer you are to the floor, the cooler you’ll be.  
  • Restrict sunlight in your household by shutting curtains and blinds.  
  • Keep windows shut for as long as you can.  
  • Depending on how long you wait for your electricity to turn back on, you may have to open them up at some point. Try to conserve the drier air within your home for as long as feasible because the sun will warm up your home faster than the wind will cool it.  

If you still can’t seem to defeat that heat during a power outage, then you should try taking the family swimming or travel somewhere with functioning electricity to cool off more effectively.  

My A/C Is Out; What Should I Do?  

If your A/C abruptly stops, there are some actions you can take before calling our HVAC professionals.  

  • Assess your vents for dirt, debris, and back-ups hindering adequate airflow.  
  • Tidy up or replace your filter as needed. A dirty filter can increase utility bills and limit your A/C from operating correctly.  
  • Look to see if your thermostat is set to the wrong temperature, heating your home instead of cooling it.  
  • And investigate your electrical panel for a tripped breaker.  

If you’re working to revive your home’s air conditioning with no such luck, it’s time to reach out to us. Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling can assess your unit and restore or, if required, replace your A/C quicker and more tactically than an untrained individual. So, call today at (740) 212-5849, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here! We find fulfillment in supporting our customers to acquire and maintain solace throughout the rest of the summer.  

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