Whooooooops! Did you forget to schedule air conditioner maintenance?
Oh no! Did you flip on cooling mode only to find our your air conditioner isn’t working just in time for summer? A maintenance appointment could have prevented the problem, but there’s nothing to do about that now. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20. Well, while you are waiting for your contractor to come fix the problem, here are some things you can use to beat the heat in the meantime.
- Ceiling fans. No brainer, right? A ceiling fan has its benefits even when your air conditioner isn’t busted. It can help mix the air in your home as well as provide a cool breeze on hot days. So, if you don’t have a ceiling fan already, it may be a good investment for your home.
- “DIY” air conditioners. Another temporary solution…You can rig up a cooler, some ice, a fan and some pipe to mimic the cool effects of your air conditioner. While not an all-over solution, it can create a welcome bubble of cool air.
- Enjoy outdoor, water activities. While you could cool off by taking a cold shower, where’s the fun in that? Go to a pool, whip out the sprinkler or have a good, old-fashioned water balloon fight. All bets are off when it comes to keeping cool without air conditioning.
- Invest in a window unit. For a temporary solution that supplies more air, you can invest in a window air conditioner. This can be a good idea when you may be out of an air conditioner for a while. But, beware, this will suck up quite a bit of electricity and could be a chunk of cash up front.
Again, the best solution is prevention. Always make sure you schedule preventative maintenance before you need your air conditioner.
So, what about it? What are your tips for keeping cool without an air conditioner?