We’ve reached the time of year in which an HVAC outage can make our homes unbearably warm and uncomfortable. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few things you can do to keep your home as cool as possible before your HVAC technician arrives with a fix. Here’s what to check if your AC isn’t working.
Cover Your Windows
If it is bright and sunny outside, you definitely want to keep as much of that heat out of your home as possible. A great way to do so is simply to cover your windows. Consider closing your curtains and blinds and seeing if it has any effect on the temperature of your home.
Check the Rotation of Your Ceiling Fan
Do you have a ceiling fan? If so, you’ll want to take a moment to ensure it is rotating counterclockwise. This is critical during warmer months because it allows warm air to be pushed up toward the ceiling. If your fan is rotating clockwise, it’s simply pushing that warm air down toward you.
Be Conscious of Your Cooking Plans
It’s no secret: using your oven can raise the temperature of your home by several degrees. Until your air conditioning is fixed, try to use some alternative methods of cooking. You’ll likely find that your home stays much cooler as a result.
Turn Off Some Lights
Are you still using incandescent or CFL bulbs? If so, keep them off as much as possible. Common incandescent bulbs can heat up to 335 degrees! CFL bulbs are significantly cooler at 179 degrees, but even that will contribute to heating up your home. LED bulbs, on the other hand, usually only heat up to around 90 degrees.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids if your home is heating up to an uncomfortable temperature. Drinking cold water or even placing cold rags on your neck and forehead can significantly reduce your body temperature.
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Will Air is proud to be a customer-centered residential and light commercial heating and cooling company serving the greater Central Maryland area. With over 30 years of experience, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality services at competitive rates. From preventative maintenance to residential HVAC repair, we are here to help you however we can. To get in touch, call us today at (410) 549-9300 or request an estimate.