Maybe it’s just me, but I’m over this summer heat, and if you prefer a chill breeze over the heat of summer like me, then you know how important it is to have a well-running A/C. Thus, it is beneficial to know what steps to take if we find our air conditioning lacking. So, what do you do when your air conditioner is acting up or fails to function amongst Ohio’s summer humidity? First thing’s first, try not to freak out. An inadequate A/C is undoubtedly frustrating, but it’s our job at Springfield Heating & Cooling to ensure your air conditioning troubles get resolved; we don’t wish you to have any unnecessary stress! Nevertheless, it does profit you to know the ins and outs of what to do when placed in this position.
My Power Is Out; What Do I Do?
If your power goes out during Ohio’s roasting summer months, you ought to know how to care for yourself by maintaining a reasonably comfortable body temperature while waiting for your home’s power to kick on. Here are some things you can do:
- Stay hydrated! When you’re hot, you lose a fair amount of water through sweat, and you must take care to replenish it.
- Eat cold foods. If your electricity is out, your frozen foods are melting within your freezer anyway, so you might as well indulge in a treat or two to cool yourself down.
- Clothe yourself in cotton. Dressing in breathable material or the thinnest, loosest clothes you own will further help you beat the heat.
- Take off those socks and shoes.
- Avoid close contact with one another for long periods. While this may seem trivial, sharing body heat will not support your efforts to keep cool, so keep that distance when possible.
- Wet a towel or sheet in cold water and position it on your body while you sleep. A cold and damp washcloth is my go-to for a swift cool down, and it works pretty well for me though temporary.
- Another odd-sounding yet practical action is to rest on the floor; while not offering a comfy surface, especially when not carpeted, it can be cool to the touch and doesn’t trap heat the way your mattress will. Plus, heat moves upward; thus, the closer you are to the floor, the cooler you’ll be.
- Restrict sunlight in your household by shutting curtains and blinds.
- Keep windows shut for as long as you can.
- Depending on how long you wait for your electricity to turn back on, you may have to open them up at some point. Try to conserve the drier air within your home for as long as feasible because the sun will warm up your home faster than the wind will cool it.
If you still struggle to defeat that heat during a power outage, you should try other alternatives, such as; taking the family swimming or traveling somewhere with functioning electricity to cool off more effectively.
My A/C Is Out; What Do I Do?
If your A/C comes to a sudden halt, there are some actions you can take while you wait on our HVAC technicians to come to your aid. To name a few:
- Assess your vents for dirt, debris, and back-ups hindering adequate airflow.
- Tidy up or replace your filter as needed. A dirty filter can increase utility bills and limit your A/C from operating correctly.
- Look to see if your thermostat is set to the wrong temperature, heating your home instead of cooling it.
- Investigate your electrical panel for a tripped breaker.
If you’re at a loss when reviving your home’s air conditioning, it’s time to give us a ring. Springfield Heating & Cooling can evaluate your unit and fix it or, if necessary, replace your A/C faster and more sufficiently than an unqualified individual. So, call today at (937) 350-1881, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We are proud of the support we persist in offering our customers, letting them acquire and maintain relaxation in the comfort of their homes throughout the hot summer temperatures!