One of the worst things that can happen during the sweltering heat of the summer is losing your air conditioning. It has happened to me many times and I have I know what I went through when I didn’t actually know how to tackle the heat. Thankfully, with the help of some great tips of my grandmother, I have learned how to make things cooler when the air conditioning goes for a ride. It might seem like all is lost, but this situation has happened to the best of us, and there are certainly plenty of tips on how to keep yourself and your home cool as a cucumber.
1. Get Outside
Chances are your home is probably warmer than it is outside, especially at night time. What better excuse to hone your survival skills than having a campout in your yard? Gather up some marshmallows, sleeping bags, and your very best ghost stories, and pitch a tent out back for the night
2. Close Everything
It might sound like this would be the opposite thing to do, but you can keep your home much cooler during the scorching daylight hours by closing off any air from getting in. That’s right; close the windows and blinds during the day. And when the sun goes down, reopen the windows to let some cool air back in.
3. Unplug Electronics
Have you ever noticed how hot your cell phone gets when it’s charging? That’s because electronics produce some heat, even if you are not using them. Unplug anything that you don’t need at night to help reduce warmth inside the house. It might even help reduce your electric bill! And this goes the same for light bulbs; keep the lights off when you can! Not only will you reduce heat, but you will also keep your energy usage down.
4. Position Fans
While regular fans do pale in comparison to what an A/C can do, if you are able to create a cross-breeze in your place, you will definitely be able to get some cooling in your home. Place your fan across from an open window and feel the cooling breeze as the outside wind merges with the fan.
Showers aren’t only for cleaning off. When the temperature is high and you feel overheated, taking a shower can help lower your body temperature and cool you off. The best time to take these during a real heatwave? Right before bed, so that you can feel cool and comfortable when you crawl in. Just make sure that the shower is not cold, but warm, for the best effects.
6. Eat Out
Not like you need a reason to treat yourself by going out to eat, but not using the stove during a heatwave will also help keep a reasonable temperature in your home. If you’re short on cash and don’t want to eat out, prepare something that doesn’t involve using your stove. Or better yet, if you’d got a grill, take your cooking outside!
Just because your air conditioning is on the fritz, doesn’t mean you have to suffer. These are just a few of the many creative tips that you can use to keep cool (and keep your cool) during the summer months!