How to Stay Cool with a Broken AC

Jul 1, 2024 | How To, AC, Air Conditioner, Blinds, Broken, Ceiling Fans, Cool Air, Exterior Doors, Summer, Warm Air, Windows

If your AC has unexpectedly broken down, you might feel like you’re melting under the scorching Ohio summer sun. Hopefully, you’ve already called Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, as we offer 24-hour emergency services year-round. This means our dedicated NATE-certified technicians are available 365 days a year to provide top-notch customer service, especially when you need it most. Trust us to arrive as soon as possible, but while you wait, here are some ways to keep you and your family cool. 

While you wait for our technicians, here are some expert tips for staying cool: 

  • Set your ceiling fans counter-clockwise 
  • Close your blinds and drapes. 
  • Limit opening exterior doors 
  • Open windows at night 
  • Avoid heat-inducing appliances 
  • Make a DIY temporary AC 

Here’s how you can stay cool in the meantime:  

Remember, these tips are designed to help you maintain a comfortable home environment until we arrive. 

  • Set your ceiling fans counter-clockwise – In most cases, ceiling fans are set to a clockwise rotation, pushing air downward to create a cooling breeze when your AC is functioning. However, if your AC is out of order, adjust your ceiling fans to a counterclockwise rotation. This change will pull up cooler air and distribute it around the room, making it more comfortable in the absence of air conditioning. Unsure where to find the switch for this setting? Typically, you can locate it on the base of your ceiling fan to change the blade direction. 
  • Close your blinds and drapes – To effectively exclude sunlight and keep it out of your home, ensure you close all blinds, drapes, and window treatments. Remember, it’s crucial to close all windows as well; a cross-breeze during the daytime does little to keep the warm air outside.  
  • Limit opening exterior doors – To maintain a cooler indoor environment, it’s essential to minimize the entry of warm air. Keep front, back, basement, and garage doors closed as much as possible to retain your home’s cool air. You want to avoid letting warm air in and preserve the comfort of your living space. 
  • Open windows at night – To maintain a cooler home, consider taking advantage of the evening dip in temperatures. By opening your windows in the evening, you can naturally cool down your living space. However, it’s important to remember to close them again in the morning to retain the cooler air. 
  • Avoid heat-inducing appliances – It’s important to note that using appliances like the stove, dryer, and dishwasher can increase your home’s temperature. To maintain a comfortable environment while waiting for your AC to be repaired, we recommend avoiding the use of these appliances if possible. 
  • Make a DIY Temporary AC – This final tip is somewhat inventive. When creativity intersects with innovation, impactful results emerge. You can create a makeshift air conditioner by placing a large bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. As the fan blows air over the ice, it cools the air passing over it. Sit comfortably in front of this innovative solution while we handle the hard work of getting your AC back up and running! 

These suggestions will help you stay cool while awaiting your AC repair. At Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, we are committed to delivering the best and most efficient service possible. Our expertise spans all your HVAC needs, ensuring top-notch service. Don’t hesitate to call us – our dedicated team is ready to provide exceptional customer service and handle all your home comfort requirements! 

If you still need to book an appointment to get your air conditioner fixed, no problem. We would appreciate the opportunity to service your home with our expertise and professionalism. Call Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air today at (614) 490-7520, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here