How To Keep Cool with a Broken AC?

How Heat Impacts People

How To Keep Cool with a Broken AC?

By

Brandon Guiles

Summer is a wonderful time of year; the warm weather allows us to enjoy so many activities that we here in Michigan can’t do for half a year or more. It’s important to keep cool during these activities, and more importantly, is keeping cool at home.

Preparedness and response initiatives that limit exposure during periods of extreme heat can reduce mortality. From 2004–to 2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths (415 with heat as the underlying cause and 287 as a contributing cause) occurred in the United States annually.

At All Seasons Heating and Cooling, we recommend a Central AC or at the very least a Window Unit to cool your home down on those hot summer days, but the question needs to be asked, what do you do if you don’t have access to either of those?

BE DILIGENT ABOUT YOUR AND YOUR LOVED ONE’S HEALTH

First things first, heat is something that should be taken seriously 24/7 during the summer. It’s dangerous and not something to be taken lightly. Make sure no one is dehydrated and if you are showing signs of heat stroke get medical help and somewhere cool immediately. Here are some signs of Heat Stroke below.

  • feeling unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water.
  • not sweating even while feeling too hot.
  • a high temperature of 104 degrees or above.
  • fast breathing or shortness of breath.
  • feeling confused.
  • a fit (seizure)
  • loss of consciousness.
  • not responsive.

COOLING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

DRINK WATER- Staying hydrated is one of the most if not the most important things to do when battling the summer heat. Keep cold water on hand and if your little ones get tired of water, try adding a popsicle with it!

DON’T EXERCISE- Now this may be music to some people’s ears but DO NOT EXERCISE! Your risk of Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion increase with physical activity.

TAKE A COOL BATH OR SHOWER- Getting your internal body temperature down by taking a cool shower or bath will help in extreme heat. That’s why pools are so popular during the peak heat days of summer. Be careful of your health and mental state whenever entering the water, drowning is a possibility.

STAY DOWNSTAIRS – If your home has a downstairs, especially if that downstairs is underground, go downstairs for the warmer portions of the day. You could even sleep down there! Heat rises, which means the lower you can go in a home, the cooler you will be.

GO SOMEWHERE AIR CONDITIONED – If you can, go to a store, local library, shopping mall, or movie theatre, for a few hours and get in some good air-conditioned time. Make sure to go during the peak heat times during the day.

COOLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT A CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER

USE FANS - And lots of them if you can. If you’re Central AC Unit or Window Unit isn’t operating make sure you have fans (including ceiling fans) running throughout the home.

AVOID USING OVENS – Cooking at home and using ovens, air fryers, crock pots, and anything else that will kick out heat will only make the home warmer. With the majority of homes having their kitchen on the lower level, this will only add to the heat on the level that’s supposed to be the coolest. Remember heat rises.

KEEPING THE SUNLIGHT OUT - Keeping the shades drawn is a great way to keep the sunlight from warming up rooms you'd like to keep cool. If you have west or east-facing windows, keep them closed with blinds or curtains drawn when the sun hits them. At night, open your windows and use window fans to bring cooler air inside of your home.

What is a Heat Emergency?

When your air conditioner goes out, it’s extremely uncomfortable! However, there are only extreme cases when a situation has been deemed an emergency. Most families can use the tips above to ease that discomfort. We here at All Seasons believe a Heat Emergency is when all of your AC units have failed and the temperatures are going to hit in the danger chart below per the National Weather Service:

LINK TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SITE

OVERALL

At All Seasons Heating and Cooling, we want our customers and citizens of the Tri-Cities to stay comfortable and safe. Using the tips above can help in a situation where you’re unable to have your Air Conditioner in working order. But remember even with those tips, temperatures can reach dangerous levels. We would always recommend having a professional All Seasons Heating and Cooling technician out to make sure your central is in working order. Visit: AIR CONDITIONER INFORMATION on our site with any questions and call (989) 832-2752!

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