Even though Fall is officially here, we all know the weather in the South can stay warm well into November. Having a working air conditioner keeps your home comfortable, especially when you have a large group of guests over to watch the game. But sometimes, disaster strikes…and your air conditioner, tired after a long summer of keeping things cool, gives out right when it’s most needed. If that happens, you can call us to come fix the problem, but there are definitely some steps you can take to keep things cool in the meantime.
Time to Break Out the Fans
One of the things that can really make a warm room worse is still air. If you have ceiling fans, make sure they’re on, and if you have portable fans, set them up in the areas where most of your guests will be spending their time. If you can position the fans in a way to create a cross-breeze, even better! You can even try an old trick – a bowl of ice in front of a table fan – to get temporary relief while you’re waiting for the repair technician.
Close the Doors and the Shades
At this point, the Sun is your enemy. The Sun’s rays shining through your windows will make your home hotter, so be sure to cover your windows. Make sure your doors are closed as well – open doors will only allow cold air to escape, and you want to keep your house comfortable as long as possible once the air conditioner has gone out.
Have Unused Rooms? Close the Doors
There’s no reason to try and cool rooms that aren’t in use. Keep the doors to these rooms closed, so that you can concentrate the cooler air in the areas where your guests are hanging out.
If It’s Cooler At Night, Consider Opening the House
Once the Sun has gone down, the outside temperature may be comfortable enough to open those doors and windows up. This all depends on the specific night – we all know the nights in Alabama can be just as hot and muggy as the days. Be sure you have appropriate screens, though, as there’s no reason to let the mosquitos in along with a refreshing evening breeze.
Make Some Cool, Refreshing Drinks & Snacks
Now’s the time to break out the ice cream and popsicles! Traditionally, football season is filled with burgers and heavy dips, but you may need to adjust if your environment is very warm. Stick to cooler items – cold cuts, chilled cheese, coleslaw, pasta salads, raw veggies with ranch dip…anything that isn’t hot. And even though it may be tempting to cool off with a few extra beers, they won’t keep you hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
If you have enough warning, you may want to let your guests know that the house could get a little warm, so that they know shorts and a t-shirt are perfectly fine for the occasion (although we don’t know anyone who shows up to a football party wearing a full suit). But do remember that your clothing choices will affect how comfortable you are in a warm environment, so stick with light, natural fibers and maybe skip the heavy jeans.
Move It Outside
If you have the backyard setup, and it’s going to be hot either way, it may be worth just moving the game day celebration outside. Get the grill going (and be very thankful to the grill master for braving the heat to cook), avoid using the oven at all costs, and just embrace the fact that sometimes hands us lemons – you might as well make some lemonade.
These tips should keep your home comfortable for the big game. Brown Heating & Cooling does our very best to make sure your air conditioning issues are fixed as quickly as possible, so if your HVAC unit is on the fritz, give us a call at (205) 871-8111.