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Quick And Easy Ways To Keep Cool When Your Air Conditioner Needs Servicing

by Ryan Wright

There's no need to sweat your guts out while you wait for your air conditioner to get repaired.  You can cool yourself and your home down with just a few simple tricks. Some of them won't even require any additional electricity. Here's a few simple ways to cool down until your air conditioner is back up and running.

Invest In A Window Unit

A small window air conditioner won't keep your entire home cool. However, you can place a portable unit in your main living spaces, especially your bedroom and living room. This will allow you to keep cool while you relax and sleep. When choosing a window unit, there are a couple of features you should look for.  

Variable Speeds

When choosing a window unit, it's important to look for one with variable speeds. With variable speeds, you'll be able to use the highest setting to cool down your room, and the lower settings to maintain your desired temperature.

Built-In Thermostat

You don't want to be constantly adjusting the temperature of your air conditioning unit. A built-in thermostat will allow the unit to cycle on and off throughout the day. This will help you save energy while you cool down your home.

Make Your Own Emergency Cooling Unit

If you don't have the money to spend on window air conditioners, you can build your own emergency cooling unit with ordinary household fans.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 5 gallon plastic bucket
  • Household fan
  • Utility knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Ice


  1. Use your measuring tape to measure 6" up from the bottom of the bucket.
  2. Make a circle around the bucket at the 6" mark that you measured.
  3. Use a sharp knife to make several holes in your bucket along the line that you drew.
  4. Set your bucket on a flat surface.
  5. Fill the bottom of the bucket with ice.
  6. The melting ice will remain in the bottom of the bucket until you empty it.
  7. Position your fan on top of the bucket so that the fan blades are facing into the bucket.
  8. Turn the fan on to circulate the air across the ice.
  9. The fan will blow air into the bucket causing cool air to flow through the holes that you made.

Because the fan and electrical cord are positioned outside of the bucket, there are no safety issues associated with this cooling system. You can use it anywhere you have electricity available.

Take Advantage Of The Breeze

If there is a light breeze blowing through your home, you can use that breeze to cool down your home. You'll need several large sheets and a sink full of water.


  1. Soak your sheets in a sink full of cold water and wring them out thoroughly.
  2. Hang the wet sheets in open doorways and windows.
  3. The breeze will circulate through the sheets and bring cool air into your home.

You don't have to be miserable just because your air conditioner is in need of servicing. Use these simple methods to cool down and keep comfortable while you wait for your repairman from a company like Metro Air.