When you hear stories about emergency HVAC repairs, the first thing you think of is always a furnace going out in sub-zero temperatures, or in the midst of a blizzard. But take it from someone who knows, an air conditioning failure can be just as dramatic, and just as dangerous, especially in the big city, and especially with the record-setting heat waves that we’ve been seeing in New York lately.
You never forget the first time it goes out.
I can remember when my air conditioning went out in the midst of a blistering summer. I thought to myself, no problem, we can tough this out. It’s just a little heat, right, and heat never hurt anybody. How wrong I was.
Some scary numbers about heat-related deaths .
There are an average of 1,300 heat-related deaths in America each year, a number that’s expected to climb if average high temperatures continue to escalate. And the vast amounts of concrete and masonry in some cities traps heat, turning the city into an oven, and meaning that temperatures tend not to drop as much as they otherwise might, even overnight. This can turn a broken air conditioner into more than just a mild inconvenience.
Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat, if your AC should go out on you over the hot summer months:
- Seems obvious, but get it fixed!
The first thing to do when your AC goes out is to put in the call to get it fixed. Call a reputable HVAC service in New York and get your repair scheduled as soon as possible. If temperatures are soaring, that probably means that units are overworked, which means more service calls, so make sure that you get put on the list as quickly as you can for the fastest service.
- Use other methods to keep cool.
There are a lot of little things you can do to help regulate the temperature of your house without the AC. Pull the shades and curtains to keep sunlight from heating up the inside of your house, turn off lights and refrain from running the oven or stove. A good cold lunch like sandwiches or salad can be just what the doctor ordered on a hot day, anyway. Turn on your fans and keep the air circulating, which can help keep the temperature equalized throughout the house.
- Make sure that you keep everybody hydrated.
Drink lots of water, make a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, and try to refrain from dehydrating drinks like a lot of soda. Keeping hydrated can be key in making sure that you don’t personally overheat, and is one of the best ways to prevent heatstroke. It’s especially important for children and the elderly, and it’s also very important for pets, so don’t forget to give Spot a little extra water as the temperature starts to climb.
- Go to the library, a movie or a restaurant and enjoy their AC.
If you’re really starting to feel cooped up, or you just can’t keep the house cool enough, go someplace to cool off. There are a lot of reasons why Hollywood brings out its biggest money makers in the middle of the summer months, and one of them is that movie theaters are a good place to go to cool off when it’s hot out. You can also go to a restaurant, or go get your grocery shopping done, or even hit a swimming pool!
I learned my lesson about AC in the summer months … you just gotta have it!
Even if you keep safe, though, it’s no fun to go without your AC in the middle of a hot summer. Those weeks of no AC during that one blistering summer were some of the most miserable I ever spent, and the next time my AC went out, I can tell you that I called an HVAC service professional right away!
John previously worked with A. Borrelli in New York, and he enjoys writing about HVAC services, especially air conditioner maintenance and repair.
Stay Safe And Cool In The Hot New York Summer Months,