How to Stay Cool Without AC: 5 Temporary Fixes

Did you know that Death Valley, California, is the hottest place on earth? Temperatures there have reached 134 °F! 

Although your summer temperatures may not compare with Death Valley’s, when your air conditioner breaks during a heat wave, it may feel that way. 

Your top priority should be calling an AC repair technician. In the meantime, you’ll need to learn how to stay cool without AC. This post is here to help, so keep reading for five ingenious ideas!

  1. Drink Plenty of Water

The first way to beat the summer heat is by drinking water. The body needs moisture to sweat—your body’s way of cooling itself. 

Many people assume that cold water is best, but the truth is that your body will heat the water after you consume it. So drink whatever temperature water you prefer and lots of it! 

  1. Take a Cold Shower or Bath

Cold showers or baths lower your core temperature and help you feel more comfortable on a hot day. 

For the best results, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your bath or wash with peppermint soap. The menthol will trick your brain into thinking that you are colder than you are.

  1. Block Light From Entering Your Windows

While you’re waiting for an HVAC technician to come out to repair your broken AC, you can take creative steps to block out the heat.

Using blinds or curtains helps since these window treatments stop some sun rays from entering the windows. Yet, they may not be enough to keep your home’s temperature bearable during a heat wave. 

For an added layer of protection, cover the windows with aluminum foil. The light will bounce off the reflective surface if you put the shiny side facing out. And the opacity will prevent any light from coming inside. 

  1. Turn on Fans

If the weather is cooler in the mornings and evenings, open the windows on both sides of the house. Doing so creates cross-floss ventilation. With the aid of fans, you can bring the temperature down quickly. 

Just remember to close the windows again before it gets hot outside. 

  1. Plan Meals Accordingly

If you need air conditioner maintenance, you’ll want to avoid some tasks that you usually do, such as using the oven or cooking. If you must use the stove, do so in the morning or late at night, when the temperature is lowest. 

Another alternative is to plan your meals around items that don’t need to be cooked or warmed, such as:

  • Salads and raw veggies
  • Fresh fruits and smoothies
  • Yogurt and ice cream
  • Cold beans and legumes
  • Tuna salad
  • Sandwiches

You’ll likely find these cold foods more appetizing anyway with the temperature being so hot!

Now You Know How to Stay Cool Without AC! 

Figuring out how to stay cool without AC may seem impossible. But with the help of these tips, you’ll be more comfortable while you wait for your AC repair! 

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