It can be easy to take your air conditioner for granted until it breaks down. The first hot day without air conditioning may make you question how anyone survives without the comfort of air conditioning. Fortunately, there are a few things you can have ready to keep you cool while your air conditioner is not working and you are waiting for it to be repaired.
Light-Blocking Window Shades
The first thing you need to be ready with when your air conditioner stops working is something to block the light from entering your home's windows. Any amount of sunlight that is allowed to shine through the glass of your window will create heat in your home.
If your windows already have attached window blinds, close the blinds to block out any light. You can also hang light-blocking curtains in front of any windows with or without window blinds. By hanging curtains in front of window with closed blinds, you will give your window double protection from sunlight entering through any cracks around the edges of the blinds. If you don't have blinds or curtains, you can tape tinfoil onto the inside of your windows to completely block out all sunlight.
Although this can make your home dark inside during the day, it will help keep your home cooler. When you need light, make sure to use only LED-powered lights in any room you need to illuminate. LED lights don't give off any infrared heat, unlike incandescent bulbs. Plus LED lights use less power than incandescent bulbs.
The Right Temperature Beverage
It has been a common belief that drinking a cool beverage will keep your body cool. Unfortunately, if you live in a hot and dry climate, a cold drink is not the best way to keep yourself cool in your hot home without air conditioning. In many cultures, drinking a hot beverage in a hot and dry climate is a common practice as it helps to cool your body as you perspire.
Ollie Jay, a researcher at University of Ottawa's School of Human Kinetic conducted a study with a group of cyclists to test this theory. He found the cyclists who drank hot water at a temperature of around 122 degrees F stored less heat in their bodies than those who did not drink hot water.
Because drinking a hot drink cools your body better by producing sweat, this will not work if you are in a humid environment. In a humid environment you will need to drink cold water to keep yourself cool while your air conditioner is not working.
A Home-Made Air Conditioner
You can make your own room-capacity air conditioner to help improve your comfort if your home's AC unit breaks down. All you need is:
- Plastic ice chest
- 4-inch wide PVC pipe elbow
- Small electric table fan
- Electric hand saw
- Several medium-sized plastic bowls
- Rock salt
- Fill the plastic bowls with water and place them in your freezer to make chunks of ice.
- Set the electric fan face-down on top of one side of the ice chest's lid, then trace an outline of its shape onto the ice chest with a pencil.
- Place one end of the PVC elbow pipe onto the other side of the ice chest's lid and trace the outline with a pencil.
- Using the electric saw, cut out both outlines from the ice chest lid.
- Insert one end of the PVC elbow into the hole on the ice chest's lid and insert the fan into the other hole.
- Remove the ice from the bowls and place the ice into the ice chest, then sprinkle rock salt over the ice and close the lid. The rock salt keeps the ice colder longer.
- Turn on the fan and cold air will blow from the PVC pipe opening into your room.
Be ready with these three items to help keep you cool in the event of an air conditioner failure. Then contact an air conditioner repair service online at a site like http://www.customcomfortinc.com/.