No AC in the summer? No problem.

We’ve mentioned a few methods for surviving the winter months, hunkering down in a crisis, in your vehicle, or how to manage power outages at home, but there’s one aspect we may not have talked enough about.

Having no AC in the summer is a different kind of “survival”…

There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how can you cool down without AC?

If your AC breaks down during the warmer half of the year, you’re going to have a challenge on your hands before you are able to get it fixed. Assuming your other electronic appliances are still working, here are 7 action steps you can take to minimize the heat in your home and stay as comfortable as possible without a functioning AC unit:

  • Eat Cold Foods. The less you use your oven the better, as it will make the kitchen and other rooms warmer than they already are. Among cold foods you can eat are fruit, salads and popsicles.
  • Keep the Lights Off. Light bulbs produce heat and use up energy, so the more you can keep them turned off, the better.
  • Fans are Your Friends. First, make sure your ceiling fan is turning counter-clockwise. Put your floor fan near an external door facing an external wall. A pan of ice water in front of the fan will cool the air as it blows. Try to create a cross-breeze that can help circulate air.
  • Close Your Windows and Blinds. Hot air will enter the house if the windows are open and the sun will radiate heat within your home if the blinds aren’t closed.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine. Because both of these items are diuretics, your urine output will increase if you drink coffee and alcohol while trying to battle the heat. This could cause dehydration. Stick to water if you can.
  • Go Swimming. The more often your body is immersed in cool water, the cooler it will stay. Another option is a bath in cool water.
  • Use a Cold Towel. Soak a washcloth or towel in cold water and wrap it around your neck.

What other ways have you discovered to keep cool when it’s hot outside and the AC is not working? Hope you’ll share them with us.

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