As soon as you notice issues with your home's air conditioner, it's important to call a licensed HVAC contractor to arrange a repair call as quickly as possible. If the contractor's schedule is backed up, it might be a day or more until he or she can visit your home to diagnose the problem, and then you could be looking at a little more time until the contractor can get the necessary repair parts and return to fix the unit. If it's hot during all this upheaval, you could find yourself living in a stiflingly hot home before long. Here are three techniques that you can use to stay as cool as possible.
Freeze Your Clothing and Bedding
One of the worst parts about being in a hot house with no air conditioner relief is walking around in hot clothing and trying to fall to sleep in hot bedding. You can deal with both these predicaments with a little help from the freezer. Load the clothing you wish to wear the next day into a plastic bag and place it in the freezer – this won't work for formal wear, of course, but it's ideal for the clothes that you wear around the house. A short while later, you can remove the clothing and put it on for significant relief. Take the same approach with your bedding and then quickly make up the bed and hop in.
Turn A Fan Into A Cooling Unit
Fans can serve as valuable allies when it's hot in your home, but there will reach a point that the fan does little to provide relief from the heat. You can quickly improve the situation by filling a shallow cake pan with ice-cold water and adding several ice cubes. Position the pan so that it's directly in front of a tabletop fan and turn it on. When you stand in the path of the fan's breeze, you'll be able to immediately notice that the moving air is picking up the coolness from the ice and water and cooling you down.
Drinking water is an effective way to keep your body temperature under control and help you feel refreshed. It's smart to drink water throughout the day when you're in the heat; if you wait until you feel thirsty, you're already reaching the early stages of dehydration. Women and men should drink about nine and 13 cups of water per day, respectively. However, you'll have to increase your intake if you're sweating profusely.
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