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How to Stay Cool if Your AC Breaks

woman trying to stay cool with a broken ACSummertime in New Jersey is hot, and air conditioner breakdowns are inconvenient and uncomfortable. If your AC stops working this season, the first thing you should do is call a trusted HVAC company like Clay’s Climate Control. We’re known to quickly and efficiently provide emergency AC services to residents across South Jersey. While our technicians make their way to your home for an AC repair, we share a couple of ways you can keep cool while you wait. 

How to Cool Your House When the AC Is Broken

When your unit breaks down, it’s not doing its job of keeping your house cool, and that means the temperature is only going to rise. Instead of suffering in the stifling heat, the experts at Clay’s Climate Control share six tips to beat the heat as you wait for your fast AC replacement service

Turn on the Fans

When your AC isn’t working, the next best thing is to utilize fans. Ceiling fans circulate the air in your home, providing a cool breeze on those hot days. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, place a standing fan in each room to help lower the temperature throughout your home. Even when your air conditioner is repaired, you should still use your ceiling fans and make sure they are rotating counterclockwise during the warmer months. The counterclockwise rotation pulls warm air toward the ceiling and pushes cool air down to the floor. 

Open Windows

When the temperatures drop, you can open your windows to let a refreshing breeze inside. If the outdoor temperature is cool, open windows on opposite sides of your house, allowing a cross breeze of cool air to flow through your home. If it’s the middle of the night and you’re waiting on a high-efficient AC system installation by the team at Clay’s, try opening the windows to move the hot air out of your home. 

Cover Your Windows

For the days when it’s scorching hot and opening your windows doesn’t make sense, close the curtains, turn down the blinds, and pull the shades closed. Covering your windows helps keep the heat out when the sun shines directly on your home. If you feel your window coverings aren’t doing enough to keep out the heat, consider placing something reflective, like a car heat shield, over your windows to push some of the heat away from your home. 

Keep the Lights Off

Summer days are longer, so using the lights in your home for less time makes sense. Certain lights, like ones with incandescent light bulbs, generate a copious amount of heat. Try to install CFL and LED bulbs that emit less heat to cool your home by just a degree or two. 

Skip Cooking Indoors

Your kitchen generates a lot of heat, so skip cooking indoors while waiting for your AC repair. Opt for leftovers, no-cook food options, takeout, or grilling to help keep your home cool. 

Go Downstairs

Warm air rises, and cool air settles at the lowest point of your home. If you have a basement, it’s likely cooler than the upstairs, sometimes by up to five degrees! Additionally, basements typically have fewer light sources and aren’t heated, making it an overall more comfortable environment. 

Fast AC Replacement Services by Clay’s Climate Control

We know how hot New Jersey summers can be, which is why we recognize how crucial it is to provide high efficient AC system installation, repair, and replacement services that our customers can rely on. Once our technicians arrive at your home, we will take care of your issue quickly to ensure your system is operating safely and efficiently. Contact us at 609-916-1106 to schedule a service!