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7 Ways To Keep Cool When You Have A Broken AC System

Published by Luke Weiden

The only thing worse than a scorching hot summer afternoon in Chicagoland is waiting in that heat for your air conditioner to be repaired. Summertime is prime repair time for AC units so you might have a wait a little longer than normal to get some relief. Here are a few helpful tips from our Evanston HVAC experts that will keep you and your family cool while you wait.

    1. Cover The Windows

      Uncovered windows allow the sun to radiate heat into your home. Block out this unwanted heat with blinds, shades, or curtains. Utilizing the shutters on the outside of your home can also reduce additional heat.

A woman closes the drapes surrounding a large window.

  1. Avoid Heat-Producing Appliances

    Your oven and dryer give off a sizable amount of heat. Choose cooler options for your meals such as salads, cold cuts, fruits, and vegetables, and take advantage of the sun by hanging your clothes outside to dry.

  2. Utilize Fans

    Turning on the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen can help draw heat and humidity away from your home. Enhance the cooling capabilities of oscillating and box fans by placing a large container full of ice in front of the fan to create a nice, refreshing breeze. If you have ceiling fans, adjust them to rotate counterclockwise to help reduce the heat in your home.

  3. Avoid Lights If Possible

    Did you know that incandescent bulbs use only 10% of their power to give off light and a whopping 90% to emit heat? Leaving the lights off as much as possible can greatly reduce extra heat in your home. However, if this is not an option, switching to LED bulbs can help prevent the excess heat created by your lights.

  4. Reduce Body Temperature

    Applying ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points, such as your neck and wrists, can reduce your body temperature. Choose loose, breathable cotton clothing in light colors that will not absorb heat. Make sure to stay hydrated with iced drinks and avoid alcohol.

  5. Stay Low

    Since heat rises, the air closest to the ground is the coolest. If you are able, try to sleep downstairs to help beat the heat. You could also move your mattress to the floor temporarily until your air conditioner is fixed.

  6. Keep Your Bed Cool

    There are several creative ways to keep your bed cool to help you sleep. Investing in a cooling pillow, sheets, and mattress pad can help wick away body heat and moisture. Buckwheat pillows have air pockets so they don’t trap heat the way traditional pillows do. Cotton sheets are the best choice if you are unable to purchase cooling bedding.

    You can dampen your sheets slightly to help keep you cool, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can even try putting your bedding in the freezer for a bit before you go to bed.

Dependable HVAC Repairs In Evanston, IL

Staying on top of your annual air conditioning maintenance can help you or an HVAC professional detect small issues before they can evolve into even bigger problems in your home. You don’t want to risk the possibility of waiting in the miserable heat for an ac repair.

Luckily for the homeowners in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, the trustworthy air conditioning service experts at Deljo are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to get your AC back up and running when you need it the most.

If you are overdue for HVAC service, installs, or repairs, or are in dire need of relief from the brutal midwestern heat, Deljo Heating & Cooling is the HVAC company that is here to help. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our air conditioning professionals today.