4 Tips For Keeping Cool In A Power Outage

25 August 2015
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If you suffer a power outage when it's extremely hot outside, it won't be long before you are feeling the effects inside your home. You'll want to act fast and take measures to keep your home as cool as you can until the power comes back on and you can run your air conditioner again. You won't even have the option of running fans which makes keeping the house cool a bit more challenging. Follow the 4 tips in this article to keep your home as cool as possible:

Tip 1: Shut all the blinds

Shutting all the blinds in your house is going to help prevent the sun's rays from coming through the windows and making your home warmer. If you have any windows that don't have coverings, you should tack up some blankets temporarily.

Tip 2: Roll up your floor rugs

While this may sound odd, putting your floor rugs away while the AC is out will help keep your home cooler. The surface of your floor will generate some coolness from the ground beneath the house. The rugs will prevent you from feeling the benefits of this.

Tip 3: Stay on the lower levels

Heat will rise and this means the upper levels in your home are going to heat up faster than lower levels. If you have a finished basement, it may be a good idea to bring down some board games and flashlights and make that area the family area until power is restored.

Tip 4: Buy plenty of ice

If it's dangerously hot outside, it may be worth it to go to the store and buy a lot of bags of ice. You can put the ice in coolers or plastic storage bins and place them close to each other in the center of the room. This is going to work best if you are in a small room. Also, shut all the doors and block off any hallways to contain the coolness produced from the ice. This is also going to provide you with plenty of ice cold drinking water once it starts to melt.

Keep in mind, once your power comes on you may need to reset some fuses in the fuse box. So, if your AC doesn't come back on with the power, check the fuse box. Also, a sudden power surge can cause problems with your system. If your air conditioning doesn't function properly after problems with your electricity, then you should have an HVAC technician from a business like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning come out and look at it.