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5 Things to Do If Your AC Breaks Down During a Heatwave

When summer kicks into full gear, nothing beats being able to relax in a cool home. However, a malfunctioning AC is bound to make things a lot less comfortable. Here’s what to do if your AC breaks down during a heatwave.

Stay Hydrated

Hot weather causes your body to perspire more than usual. This means you must take the necessary steps to stay properly hydrated. Not only will dehydration cause you to feel unusually tired, but it can also leave you with an intense headache. Be sure to consume plenty of cold water throughout the day. While low-sugar sports drinks can be substituted for water, avoid caffeinated, alcoholic beverages, and other diuretics.

Use Fans

When the AC stops working, your home’s ceiling fans will truly prove their worth. A wind-chill effect can be created by switching the fans to rotate in a counterclockwise direction. It won’t be long before your body starts to feel cooler. Because ceiling fans consume so little energy, you don’t have to worry about encountering a steep electricity bill.

Shut Your Window Coverings

It’s no secret that the sun can cause things to heat up very quickly. This is especially true during a heatwave. To prevent direct sunlight from adding heat to your home, keep your sun-facing blinds and curtains closed. Blackout curtains, thermal curtains, and thick blinds are especially effective and can lower the temperature by a few degrees.

Avoid Creating Extra Heat and Humidity

With you not being able to use your AC, now is certainly not a good time to turn on the oven or stove. The extra heat will only make things worse. You should also avoid running your washing machine and dishwasher. This can add more humidity to your home’s air, creating an even more muggy and uncomfortable environment.

Put Ice Packs On Your Body’s Pulse Points

If you find yourself getting unbearably hot, you can place ice packs or cold, wet clothes on your pulse points, such as your neck, wrist, and behind your knees. Just make sure not to ice your body beyond the 20-minute intervals that health experts recommend.

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