During the warmer months, those severe summer storms can create a lot of problems. High winds can knock over and damage power lines and utility poles. Any damages to the power lines or utility poles can cause a power outage that could take a while to fix. Stay clear of any fallen power lines before and during clean-up efforts. That means your AC unit might be out of commission for some time. So, what can you do to keep your house cool during a summer power outage? Efficient Systems has a few ideas on how to keep your cool when your air conditioning unit is out.
There’s no denying that the Texas heat is very intense. Efficient Systems is a local Beaumont, Texas air conditioning and heating service. So, we are here to give some of our favorite tips and tricks to use when you find yourself experiencing an AC outage.
First Things First, Contact Your Electric Utility
Contact your electricity company and let them know what’s happening. Second, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection for your air conditioning system to make sure the power outage didn’t disrupt anything.
Cover Your Windows!
One step to take to help your home keep cool during a power outage is to cover the windows. If the power is still out and so is the sun, you’ll want to block the sunshine. It might seem counterproductive if you’re wanting a breeze, but it does help keep the heat from entering the house. If it’s at night and the sun is down, you’ll still want to consider closing and covering your windows. Hopefully, you have some battery-powered light to help you see! Make sure your windows are covered as much as possible. If your windows have blinds or curtains, use those! If your windows have an outdoor covering, make sure those are shut tight. Doing these little things may not seem like much, but it does help slow the rising heat in the home.
It’s also a good idea to make sure all the doors are shut and sealed tightly. In terms of doors leading to the outside, even little cracks can allow heat to enter the home. Also, shut all the doors that lead to rooms you are not using. This will slow down the home’s air circulation and keep the heat from rising quicker.
Avoid Anything Hot!
Your electricity may be out, but there are other appliances that can still cause your house to heat up. It’s a good idea to avoid taking hot showers until your air conditioning is back on. Due to the lack of an operating air conditioner, your body temperature will rise and you won’t have any way of cooling off. Instead, consider taking a cold shower. Avoid cooking with your oven or gas stove if your AC is out. Using these appliances will cause heat to build up in the house more.
When threatened with a few hours or more of heat, it’s important to stay hydrated! Furthermore, avoid eating heavy meals, caffeine and drinking alcohol. You want to avoid raising your body temperature. So stay hydrated and avoid doing any intense activities! Think you might need an AC replacement or AC repair? Contact us at Efficient Systems, and we will make sure your AC is blowing cool air again!