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Few situations are as unpleasant as having your home’s air conditioner go out during a heat wave. Even mundane tasks such as cleaning up the kitchen or doing some homework will become arduous and uncomfortable. Here is a quick look at three strategies you can use to cope with the oppressive heat while you are waiting for your air conditioner to be repaired.
Take Advantage Of Your Windows And Fans
Your windows and fans won’t cool your home as much as the AC system, but they can bring indoor temperatures down by at least a few degrees. When the sun is not directly overhead, you can open up windows on opposite ends of your home to create a cool breeze. You should also reverse all of the ceiling fans in your home so that they are spinning counterclockwise. When fans spin counterclockwise, it circulates warm and stagnant air. The temperatures in your home are going to skyrocket if you don’t have any airflow.
Drink More Water
In addition to changing the temperature in your home, you also need to think about your internal temperature. During the summer, you should be continuously drinking water throughout the day even if you don’t feel thirsty. By the time you are thirsty, your body is most likely already dehydrated. Those who have trouble drinking enough water can also hydrate themselves with certain fruits and vegetables. That includes cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, berries, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
Take the Cooking Outside
Until you are able to contact an HVAC repair company, like the professionals at A & E Heating and AC Inc, and have the system fixed, you might want to do as much cooking outside as possible. Cooking with your oven and stove could raise the temperature in your home by quite a few degrees, and the residual heat from those appliances might linger for hours. Whenever you are able to do so, you should either try to cook on an outdoor grill or use appliances that don’t give off much heat. Options such as slow cookers, microwaves, and rice cookers barely transfer any heat as long as they are used correctly.
Sweltering indoor temperatures are going to bring your life to a grinding halt, but you don’t need to accept the heat without a fight. In many cases, a few minor changes can make a big difference around the home. Hopefully, these few tips and tricks will keep your family cool and comfortable until you are able to get your AC system up and running.

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Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2