How to Stay Cool with a Broken AC

Jul 1, 2024

If your AC is acting up and you can’t figure out why, we understand your frustration. You likely have already gone through some basic troubleshooting steps but just can’t figure out what exactly this issue is. 

By now, you’ve probably contacted a licensed professional. At New Albany Heating & Cooling, we are committed to providing unmatched customer service. Our 24-hour emergency services are available year-round because we know problems can arise at any time. Our NATE-certified technicians are always ready to address your HVAC issues quickly. Rest assured, we will be at your side as soon as possible! 

But in the meantime? It’s hot outside, and if your air conditioner is broken, you might be worried about how to stay cool. So, keep reading for some tips on how to stay cool! 

How to Stay Cool with a Broken AC by:   

  1. Set Your Ceiling Fans to Spin Counterclockwise: Most ceiling fans are set to push air down with their default clockwise rotation. However, when your AC is not working, switch the blades to spin counterclockwise. This will pull up the cooler air from the floor and spread a refreshing breeze around the room, making it more comfortable. Usually, you can find this setting on the base of your ceiling fan fixture. 
  1. Keeping Your Home Cool: While letting sunshine in can be enjoyable, it’s not ideal if your AC is out. To keep the heat at bay, close your blinds, draw your curtains, and ensure all windows are shut. Doing so will help to keep any unnecessary heat out of your home from the heat of the sun. 
  1. Minimize Exterior Door Use: You should also stay away from opening external doors whenever possible. Each time you open them, warm air enters and worsens the situation. 
  1. Open Windows at Night: After sunset, temperatures drop, making it an ideal time to open your windows for a cool breeze. Just remember to close them in the morning! 
  1. Avoid Using Heat-Generating Appliances: Furthermore, you should try to avoid using appliances that produce heat, like ovens, stoves, dryers, and dishwashers, as they can increase the indoor temperature. 
  1. Building Your Own DIY AC: Now, this last idea is a bit unconventional, but it can work! You can make a homemade AC using just ice and an electric fan. Achieve this by simply placing a bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. As the fan blows air over the ice, the air will cool down, creating an effective cooling effect if you sit in front of this setup. 

These helpful tips should keep you comfortable until your AC is back in action. At New Albany Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to providing top-notch service for all your HVAC needs. Feel free to contact us and experience our exceptional service.  

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