and is just uncooperative with any tweaks you try. Of course, it is prime time for AC repair when this happens. What to do? Kick in those common sense skills and line up a repairman!
It’s almost 100 degrees in the shade and 87 degrees in the house. It could be worse — it could be July or August in Texas instead of only June. First recommendation is to keep a positive attitude. Think of all the good points to this life experience. Our ancestors got by without air conditioning. If you’re my age or older, most of your public school years were without it. You can get through a small number of days while the repair takes place.
Here are common sense ideas to keep in mind:
Monitor the outside and inside temperatures. Open windows when cooler outside than inside. Close windows before it gets hotter inside than outside. Closing drapes or blinds to keep the sun out can help keep it cooler inside too.
Use your ceiling fans as well as smaller fans. A slight movement of blowing air can be refreshing. We put a small fan by a window screen with the fan blowing inward to try and draw cooler air inside during the evening and night times. On a side note, when I was growing up my friend’s family used a whole house attic fan that blew air outside the house which caused the coldest drafts to blow in the windows. Now would be the time to use an attic fan if you have one.
Wash dishes and shower with the coolest water temperature you can to minimize heat and humidity from using hot/warm water. Avoid running the dishwasher to keep out the heat and humidity output from this appliance. Hang wet bath towels outside to dry to also minimize humidity.
Do your active work around the house and yard in early morning and early evening when it is cooler. Work in the shade when you can and wear a hat to protect your head from the sun. Also, you can choose to work at a slower rate to pace yourself with the heat. Schedule any errands or appointments during the heat of the day so you can soak up some AC! You can always hang out at the library for awhile and grab a drink at your favorite fast food joint.
Hydrate often and well. Drink plenty of cool and cold drinks. Water is your friend.
Minimize adding heat to your home with cooking. Eat cold or easy to cook meals. Do not run your oven to bake anything! Cold cereal for supper is a treat in our home. Flatbread roll up sandwiches are an easy fix. Scrambled eggs don’t take long to make and are great for any meal. Buying a big tub of ice cream can be a fun daily treat while waiting on the AC fix. We bought vanilla for our dog and he loved it! Also, this could be an opportunity to grill outside on your porch.