Keep Your Cool While Waiting For Air Conditioner Repair

Having your AC go out in the middle of summer is a nightmare that no one wants to deal with, especially if the repair tech can't make it to your house right away. Fortunately, there are a couple ways you can stay comfortable while waiting for your AC to get fixed.

Manage Your Open Windows

Use your thermostat and either a weather app or an outdoor thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. Only open the windows when the outside air is cooler than the inside air. While you might crave a breeze during the day, that breeze will actually make your home hotter if the outside temperature is too high.

In most cases, this will mean opening your windows late in the evening and closing them in the morning. You can also use houseplants, curtains, and blinds to block sunlight that would otherwise cause your indoor temperature to rise. While natural light is a great way to save the electricity you would otherwise use for lighting, the heat produced is going to be a bigger problem during this time.

Use Passive Evaporative Cooling

When water evaporates, it naturally causes a small drop in temperature. While there is a limit to how much humidity you can add to your home, you can definitely make use of this property to get the temperature down in your home a bit by making use of a swamp cooler. Many home improvement stores carry them, so you can simply pick one up, or you can build one yourself with a few household items.

  1. Get or find a cooler that you don't mind destroying. Add to that a bag of ice, a desk fan, and some large tubing (tubing meant for gutters works perfect. You will also need a saw and some duct tape to assemble the cooler.
  2. Cut a hole in the lid of the cooler that will allow you to lay the fan on the hole, blowing air into the cooler. You might need to detach the base of the fan to get it to fit, and you need to be sure to cut the hole just big enough to get the fan in place, without falling in.
  3. On the side of the cooler, cut a second hole for the tubing. Make sure you cut it high enough in the wall that it won't leak water out into your home. This will be the outlet for the cool air. By taping the tubing into the hole, you can direct the cool air by repositioning the other end of the tubing.
  4. Tape the fan into place on the lid of the cooler. Make sure it is secure so that the fan won't fall out when you open and close the lid of the cooler. 
  5. Finally, add the ice inside the cooler and turn on the fan. Enjoy your cool air!

Some directions will call for dry ice. While this will create much colder air, dry ice also produces carbon dioxide. This is fine in small amounts or outside, but it is dangerous to use this type of ice inside of the house.

Get Out of the House

You produce heat, as do all the small appliances you use all the day. The less time you spend in your home during the day (when you can't simply open a window to let out the heat) the easier it will be to keep your home cool in the evening when you need to fall asleep. If you work during the day, this isn't too tough, but weekends and staycations could pose a problem. Use this as an excuse to make day trips to friends or local attractions to use someone else's air conditioning during the heat of the day.

Staying cool without air conditioning is tough, but with a little management, you can make it work. These techniques will allow you to stay as comfortable as possible while you wait for your unit to get repaired. If you haven't made a call to an AC repair service yet, try checking out