3 Steps to Take if Your AC Breaks Down in a Heat Wave

AC Breaks Down

Summers in Lubbock, Texas, can be real scorchers, so if your AC unit breaks down in the middle of a heat wave, you need a way to stay cool. Take the following steps to get relief from the heat while you arrange to have your home’s air conditioner repaired.

Close the Blinds

One of the easiest ways to keep the temperature in your home a little lower is to close the blinds. This prevents sunlight from entering the house through the windows. A few hours of sunlight during the day can raise the temperature in a room by several degrees.

Use a Fan

Another great way to keep cool when your air conditioner isn’t working is to set up portable fans in the rooms you will be in. The breeze that a fan creates can make you feel cooler by evaporating your sweat and eliminating body heat. If you leave a room, be sure to shut off the fan. Fans only work when you are within range of the breeze.

Eliminate Heat Sources

If your air conditioner isn’t working, avoid using anything that will produce heat inside your house. In particular, skip cooking food in the oven or on the stove, as this appliance is one of the major heat producers in your house. Turn off any incandescent lights that may be on, as they also add a small amount of heat to the air. One additional electronic device to shut off is a desktop computer. Desktops can get hot after periods of intense use and will fill your room with the hot air they produce.

You will need to have your AC unit fixed as soon as possible, so call us at the first sign of a problem with your AC. These ideas are short-term ways to help you feel cooler until your air conditioning is fixed. When you need to have your AC unit repaired, call us at Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning, at 806-589-1014. Our technicians can return your home to a cool oasis where you can seek respite from the hot sun.

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