If your air conditioner breaks down amid the peak of the summer heat this year, you might have to sweat it out for a while before your HVAC technician arrives. HVAC repair providers tend to be busy during periods of extreme temperatures.
Fortunately, you don't have to wait in discomfort. Consider the following temporary fixes if you're looking for ways to stay cool while waiting on air conditioner repairs:
Seal air leaks
Your interiors will feel more comfortable if you prevent cold air from leaking out and hot air from leaking in. Doing a little home improvement by sealing up window air leaks with caulking and door air leaks with weatherstripping is a great way to stay occupied while you're waiting. You call also seek out and patch up gaps in your attic, basement, or crawl space where air is getting out.
Put up some shades
When sun shines in your windows, it warms up your rooms. It's easy enough to put a blanket up over your windows for a makeshift shade. If you want a more permanent solution, run out to a home improvement store and buy some thick shades or blinds that don't let any sunlight in.
Consider purchasing a window unit
If you'll have to spend a considerable amount of time without air conditioning, you might want to get a window unit so that you can keep at least one room of your home -- probably the bedroom -- comfortable while you're waiting.
Window units can quickly be installed and will keep a room just as cool as it would be if your air conditioner were working perfectly.
Drinking a lot of water helps to keep body temperature down. Keep ice cold water on hand and drink it throughout the day whenever the heat starts to get to you.
Keep a spray bottle full of cold water on hand
You can cool down quickly by spritzing ice water on yourself. Fill a spray bottle with ice and water and keep it in the fridge for a quick cool down.
Change your bedsheets
Hot interiors can be especially troublesome at night. They can make it difficult to feel comfortable in bed and prevent sleep. If you're having trouble sleeping because of air conditioner malfunctions, you should consider your sheets. Silk or satin sheets are much more comfortable in hot weather than cotton sheets, so put them on your bed if you have a set around the house.