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What Should You Do If Your A/C Goes Out This Summer?  

Is it only me, or do our Ohio summers appear to be getting hotter and hotter? It’s challenging to have an air conditioning unit that isn’t performing well, and if it loses full functioning, what do you do? Well, the last thing you want to do is panic. Monroe Heating & Air is honored to assist you with your nonfunctioning A/C ASAP. It will benefit you to know the dos and don’ts if this happens, so please continue scrolling as we go over what to do if your air conditioner stops running this summer.  

What Do I Do If The Power Is Out?  

If a power outage occurs amidst Ohio’s summer heat, it will benefit you to know how to maintain/regulate your body temperature, giving you a greater ability to stay cool while waiting for power restoration.  

  • Limit sunlight in your home by closing all the curtains or blinds.  
  • Keep windows shut as long as you can. Depending on how long your electricity is out, you may have to open them at some point. However, conserve the drier air within your household for as long as possible because the sun will heat your home much quicker than a cool breeze will cool it.  
  • Dampen a towel or sheet in cold water and place it on yourself while you sleep. A cold washcloth is my go-to for a quicker cool down, and it hasn’t let me down yet.  
  • Wear cotton. Clothe yourself with the thinnest, loosest cotton apparel you have; your body will thank you.  
  • Avoid consistent close contact with one another for extended periods. While this may seem silly, sharing body heat will not help you keep yourself and your loved ones cool, so keep that distance when you can. 
  • Drink WATER! When you’re hot, you lose a lot of hydration through sweat, and you must make an effort to restock it.  
  • Another silly-sounding yet helpful measure is to rest on the floor; while not offering much of a comfy surface, it is cool to the touch and doesn’t retain heat the way your mattress will. Further, heat rises; thus, the closer you are to the floor, the cooler you’ll be.  
  • Take off your socks and shoes. 
  • Eat cold foods; I mean, if the power is out, then they’re wasting away inside your freezer anyway, so you might as well enjoy this option to cool yourself down.  
  • If you still can’t seem to beat that heat during a power outage, then you should try taking the family swimming or go somewhere with working electricity to cool off more effectively.  

What To Do If My A/C Stops Functioning?  

If your A/C stops working, there are some measures you can take before reaching out to the experts.  

  • Look to see if your thermostat is set to heat your home instead of cooling, and if the temperature is too high.  
  • Clean or replace your filter as needed. A dirty filter can increase utility bills and limit your A/C from operating correctly.  
  • Check your vents for dirt, debris, and back-ups hindering adequate airflow.  
  • Also, review your electrical panel for a tripped breaker.  

If nothing is helping your air conditioner function the way it should, then it’s time to call the HVAC professionals. Monroe Heating & Air can examine your unit and renew your A/C more efficiently and safely than any untrained individual. So call us today at (513) 540-4890, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We will happily help you in locating and retaining comfort throughout the remainder of this muggy Ohio weather.