When you’re in the middle of summer or a particular hot string of summer days, one of the worst things that can happen to you is having your air conditioner break or stop working efficiently. If this happens at your home, you may not be able to use your a/c to get to the ideal temperature in your house, which can not only be uncomfortable, but could also be unsafe.
To help you make it through those hot moments while you wait for your air conditioner to get fixed, here are three ways to stay cool if your air conditioner breaks.
Cuddle With Something Cold
If you get cold in the winter, sleeping with a hot water bottle is one way to heat yourself up. And in the summer, the same principles can apply.
According to Sophia Breene, a contributor to Greatist.com, a hot water bottle can also be filled with water and then stuck in your freezer in order to get nice and cold. Once it’s set, or even just cooler than the air temperature in your home, you can hold it to your body to help yourself cool off and get much more comfortable. Some other options for using something cold to cuddle with and cool your body off include things like wet towels or even bags of ice or other frozen foods.
Know Which Body Parts To Keep Cool
When trying to cool yourself off by putting something cold on your body, it can be helpful to know which body parts to initially focus on in order to drop your body temperature as quickly as possible and get yourself more comfortable.
The best areas to start with this, according to Alan Henry, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, are your neck and wrists. Additionally, you should move onto your groin, armpits, and feet before trying to cool off other areas of your body. So even if you think that a cold washcloth on your forehead feels good, that’s not going to help keep you as cool as putting that washcloth on other areas.
Blast All Your Fans
Oftentimes, it’s not necessarily cold air that you need in order to cool off your home. Usually, just having some air movement can help you to feel cooler and keep your house at a lower temperature as well. This works because, as your body gets hot and starts sweating, having air moving across your skin can help to cool that sweat and make your body colder as well.
If you’re going to be using your fans, Katie Bandurski, a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens, recommends that you turn them all on so that you can get the maximum effect. And if you’re needing the air to be colder than it is, you can always try putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan.
If you have issues with your air conditioner this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help keep yourself and your home cool still.