Four AC Alternatives When Your HVAC Is Down For Repairs Or Upgrades

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No one likes to have their AC go out in the middle of summer, but it often happens. And if this happens to your, you may need more than just simple repairs. Sometimes, upgrades and new installations mean that you will have to go without air conditioning for days or weeks. If this is when you need air conditioning, you may want to find some simple solutions to make it through any heatwaves. While your AC is being worked on by a professional service like Mountain Air Comfort Systems, you can follow one of these tips to help beat the heat:

1. Simple Ice AC Solution With A Cooler And A Fan

If you like DIY projects, there is a simple way to create an AC. You can use a cooler and a fan to create and AC. What you will want to do is cut a hole the diameter of the fan in the top of the cooler. Cut another hole for a wide tube to leave the cooler. You can freeze water bottles and place them in the cooler, and turn the fan on so that it blows over the ice and out of the tube.

2. Evaporative Cooler Systems For Temporary AC  

Evaporative coolers can also be a simple solution to cool your home. This can be something as simple as using a wet towel and placing it over a rack in front of a box fan. As the water evaporates, the air will cool. Hanging wet towels in window openings can also have this same effect.You can also buy small evaporative cooler units that look like a portable AC, if you do not want to go through the trouble of making your own. 

3. Good Ventilation For Cooling Your Home At Night

Good ventilation is essential for cooling your home. If your AC is out, you may want to try to air your home out at night when it is cooler. To help with this, you can use a fan in a window to help push the air through your home.  This works best if you have a window open in the front and back of your home to create a breeze.

4. Portable AC And Window Units To Cool Your Home

If none of the DIY solutions are right for you, or you have to have your room cool at night, you can use portable AC units or window air conditioning. These systems are mini AC systems that are meant to cool small spaces. For the portable units, you will want to make sure to drain the condensation reservoir or the unit will not work efficiently. This is the rubber plug at the bottom and in the back of the AC unit. Use a small bowl to catch the water to prevent it from getting on the floor. Window units do not have this feature because the water condensation drains outside.

With some of these solutions, you will be able to keep your home cooler during repairs to your AC. If you need to get your air conditioner working again, contact an HVAC contractor to see what needs to be done to get your AC cooling again.

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