The feeling of walking into an air conditioned home after a long hot day is something we all love. But coming home to a house that should feel cool and doesn’t is not good. If the worst should happen and your air conditioner goes out on a hot summer day, you'll need to take precautions to keep comfortable and safe until it's repaired.
If your air conditioner breaks, act quickly. Immediately call your Elico heating and cooling professionals to set up an appointment for them to inspect and repair or replace the unit. In most cases, you can expect to have the issue resolved within a day or two.
In the meantime, go around your home and close all of your blinds to keep the sun from heating up the place. Give special attention to south-facing windows that admit the most heat. Keep your windows closed tightly during the day and open them at night for circulation.
Try to keep air circulating while your air conditioner is out of commission. Put fans strategically around the house, and turn on all ceiling fans. There's no substitute for air conditioning, but you can increase the effectiveness of a box fan by placing a bowl of salted ice cubes or frozen water bottles in front of it. Additionally, you can set your chimney flue or stove exhaust to draw away hot air.
Don’t cook on the stovetop or use the oven. Instead, use the microwave to prepare simple, no-cook meals. If you have a gas stove, be sure that the pilot light isn't set too high. Don't take hot showers or baths. Leave the lights off as much as possible. Electronics are also a major heat source. Keep your television and computer turned off when you're not using them, and turn off nonessential power adapters.
By taking these precautions, you can stay safe and relatively comfortable while you wait for your air conditioner to be repaired. However, no one wants to spend even a few hot days without air conditioning. Prevention is key. Your air conditioner and heat pump should be tuned up once per year to check for potential problems. Call us today to ask about our services and what we can do for you.