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What to Do When Your AC Breaks Down

Air conditioners shouldn’t break down in the middle of the summer. When you sign up for AC maintenance, or get repairs done early, this is usually avoided. But it happens, and when your air conditioner breaks down, you shouldn’t just give up and spend the rest of the hot season in complete discomfort.

First things first, call our team! We provide quick and reliable air conditioning repair in Venice, FL for homeowners that need it. We don’t care if you skipped maintenance or if you’ve got a budget, our only concern is keeping you comfortable at a price you can afford. So pick up the phone and call us before you do anything else.

However, it’s going to take some time for us to meet you during such a busy season! In this blog post, we’re going to talk about a few strategies you and your family can employ to stay comfortable and collected until a professional arrives.

Remaining Cool Is the Number One Priority

We talk a lot about comfort on this blog but the truth is that being comfortable and happy is an important factor to being safe. Nobody should be sweating bullets, fatigued, and miserable, even when temperatures start reaching the triple digits. That’s why our focus on this blog is keeping you cool and comfortable while your air conditioner is out of order. Luckily, these are just some temporary fixes for your situation while our professionals get to work.

Stay Hydrated

You should always seek to be hydrated, but it’s especially important when temperatures are hot. If your air conditioning is broken then you’re going to want to make sure you drink plenty of water and limit your outdoor activity.

Don’t forget that children, pets, and the elderly especially need to stay hydrated. So keep a source of water close by so everyone in your family is safe!

Use Fans and Stay on the Bottom Level

If you can think back to your high school physics days, you’ll remember hearing the phrase “heat rises.” This isn’t just a catchy phrase, it’s true! Your second story is going to be warmer than the first story or the basement, and that’s especially true if your air conditioner is broken.

Try to use fans like ceiling fans and box fans on your bottom level so that you can remain in the coolest areas of your home.

Keep the Lights Off

Light also produces heat, and this is important when it comes to sunlight in specific. Sunlight produces a lot of heat when it comes in through our windows. Sure, it might look pretty, but ultimately it’s going to add a few degrees to the temperature in your home.

Try lowering the curtains and shades as you keep cool. This should allow your home to be reasonably comfortable while a professional comes to take a look at your air conditioner. Using blinds and shades is also a good method for improving energy efficiency when your AC is working, since the slight drop in temperature makes your system require less electricity to run a full cycle!

Call Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. for quick AC repair today. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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