How to Keep Your House Cool If Your AC Unit Breaks

At certain times of the year, it’s impossible to live without our beloved AC units. Especially here in the mid-west. They can both heat and cool our homes when the weather outside is less than livable, and are a staple of any home. 

However, what can you do to keep your house cool when it’s hot and your AC unit breaks down?

Here are some ideas to keep everyone happy and cool as we continue to stay at home. 

Use Fans 

Running a fan is one of the simplest ways to help to cool down a room without AC. Fans can cool the air by up to 4 degrees, making an 84-degree house feel significantly more bearable at 80 degrees using a fan. 

Ceiling fans should set downwards to create a breeze in the room, but make sure to switch off the fan when you leave the room in order to conserve energy. Windchill will only cool people down–it doesn’t cool down the room, so there is literally no reason to keep ceiling fans on when nobody is in the room. 

Keep windows closed in order to trap the cool air inside. 

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Reduce Heat from the Outside in the Home 

Rooms that face South or West are the most challenging to keep cool, so you need to make sure you do things to prevent heat from coming in, or from generating heat from the inside. Keep shades over the windows to help keep the sun from heating the room. Use blackout curtains to keep a room cool if it faces the sun. In addition, if you use fans, make sure to keep windows closed in order to keep cool air circulating the room.

To cool down a room, keep interior heat to a minimum. Without your air conditioning unit, using certain household appliances can quickly heat a home up to unbearable temperatures. The oven, stovetop, dishwasher, or dryer being used will all contribute to heating up an already warm room. Try preparing foods in the microwave and then wait until after dark to run the dishwasher or clothes dryer if your air conditioner breaks. 

Keep Yourself and Your Family Cool 

If rooms are hot, it might be hard to keep you and your family cool, however, there are some things you can do to stop the heat from getting too much. First, try placing cool towels or tea towels around your neck or on your back to cool down your body temperature. Stay hydrated with ice-cold water as you will be sweating a lot more due to the heat. Water will keep you hydrated, and the ice will help to cool down your body temperature 

Get Your AC fixed 

Not having AC can be a real pain. While you may think you can take a look at your AC unit to fix it yourself, it’s best to leave it to the pros. Cooldown your home quickly by calling a 24 hour Air Conditioning Repair company who will work quickly to help to get your home feeling cool again. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

Turning 7 During a Pandemic

We hit a new milestone this past weekend. Our little guy hit the big 7! Even with corona still kneecapping much of the nation we made the most out of it!

Our little bubble hasn’t changed much since this time last year. We didn’t know that my son’s 6th birthday party was going to be the last week of normalcy we would experience. Because just a week later everything shut down, schools closed, and life changed for pretty much every single person on this planet.

Here we are a year later and honestly, not much has changed. We kept the kids home for virtual schooling for the first semester. They did great but we could tell they needed to get back to the classroom. Our main reason for keeping them home was no longer there and so back to the classroom they went.

It is interesting to see the difference a year can make. Things blend together so much in our own personal lives that when you look back at someone else’s life, you can really see the growth.

My son is such a caring person. He has concerns about corona and he wants everyone to be safe and wear a mask. His big heart shines bright and even though many of his favorite places are just not great ideas for parties we made sure he had a blast turning 7.

So we made sure he had an amazing day. With a beautiful weekend we got out the various yard games, and made a bon-fire. The next morning we ate some breakfast and went metal detecting! We never found any treasures but we did have a nice chat with a park ranger who gave us some helpful tips.

Of course Raya and The Last Dragon was our family movie choice and let me tell ya, this kid loves his Micro Machines! I cannot believe they are back in stores and this dad is pretty stoked his kid loves them as much as I did. There were plenty of other gifts and a lot of fun had. I am proud of the young man that I am raising. Full of respect and has a heart of gold, I love that I get to call this kid my son.