How to Stay Cool with a Broken AC

Jul 1, 2024 | How To, AC, Air Conditioner, Blinds, Broken, Ceiling Fans, Cool, Cool Air, Exterior Doors, Summer, Warm Air, Windows

Are you dealing with a malfunctioning AC unit in the scorching summer heat of Ohio? If so, there is no need to panic. Now, we understand this can be an extremely frustrating situation. Fortunately, Washington Court House Heating & Cooling offers 24/7 emergency services. We are available around the clock, 365 days a year, to address all emergency-related issues promptly. Additionally, our team of NATE-certified professionals is committed to providing you with exceptional customer service throughout the year. 

We understand your discomfort and advise you to remain as calm and comfortable as possible and stay cool until our experts arrive to assist you. Continue reading for our tips on how to stay cool with a broken AC while awaiting a technician. 


  • Adjust the direction of your ceiling fan’s blades 
  • Keep your window treatments and blinds closed during the day 
  • Open your windows at night 
  • Minimize opening exterior doors 
  • Limit the use of large heat-generating appliances 
  • Consider creating a makeshift air conditioner 

Adjust the direction of your ceiling fan’s blades 

Typically, ceiling fans are preset to rotate clockwise. This direction pushes air downward, providing a bit of additional cooling where needed. However, when your air conditioner is not functioning, it is advisable to set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. This adjustment maximizes the cooling effect even without an operational air conditioner. If you are unable to locate the switch, it is usually found at the base of the mounted fixture. 

Keep your window treatments and blinds closed during the day 

Another method is to block sunlight by lowering your blinds or drapes. While sunlight can elevate our mood, direct exposure during these times might not be ideal. Therefore, it is advisable to keep windows and blinds closed during the day. Additionally, ensure that external doors remain closed as much as possible to prevent warm air from entering your home. 

Open your windows at night 

As night falls, the outdoor temperature naturally decreases, offering a comfortable environment. Therefore, you may consider opening your windows in the evening to enjoy a refreshing and cooler indoor atmosphere. However, remember to close them again in the morning. 

Minimize opening exterior doors 

To ensure optimal home comfort, it is crucial to minimize the opening of exterior doors, including your front door, back door, basement doors, and garage doors. Although it may seem minor, avoiding unnecessary openings of these doors significantly reduces the infiltration of warm air, thereby enhancing indoor climate control. 

Limit the use of large heat-generating appliances 

It is advisable to avoid using large heat-generating appliances, such as:  

  • Oven 
  • Stove 
  • Dryer 
  • Dishwasher 

These appliances will contribute to excessive heat in your home, causing increased warmth and stuffiness while you await the technician’s arrival. 

Consider creating a makeshift air conditioner 

This last suggestion is somewhat innovative, but it could be particularly useful if you are facing extreme heat. As the saying goes, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” 

Did you know that you can create a personal cooling device using just two materials: ice and an electric fan? It may sound unconventional, but it is effective. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Gather some ice in a large bowl or container. 
  1. Place the bowl in front of an electric fan. 
  1. Turn the fan on. 

And there you have it—a makeshift air conditioner! The fan blows warm air onto the ice, cooling the air as it passes over, resulting in a refreshing breeze that can provide much-needed relief. 

These tips will help you stay cool while waiting for your AC to be fixed. We are committed to delivering the best and most efficient service possible. Whatever your HVAC needs, we are here to assist you. Please feel free to contact us—we are eager to provide you with our five-star service! 

At Washington Court House Heating & Cooling, your comfort is our utmost priority. You can rely on us to restore your HVAC system promptly and efficiently. If you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet, give us a call Washington Court House Heating & Cooling today at (740) 281-5312, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here

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