DIY: Temporary Alternatives to Home Air Conditioning Repair
By Antoinette Ayana
Summer weather can be oppressively hot, but there are many fun ways to cool off while waiting for the home air conditioning repair technicians to arrive.
With a bucket, some PVC, a fan, and a gallon jug of cold water, you can create a DIY solution to temporarily replace a broken window unit. First, drill holes in one side of the bucket. These holes should be big enough for the short lengths of PVC pipe. The PVC will direct the chilled air. Next, cut a hole in the bucket lid that’s the same size as the fan. The fan will be used to force room air into the bucket and out through the directional pipes. Lastly, chill the jug of water in the fridge or freezer before placing it inside the bucket. With all the parts secured in place, you should be able to control the temperature near a bed, couch, or workspace. Keep a second jug of water in the fridge so the two jugs can be swapped out periodically.
When you call for home air conditioning repair, it may also be the perfect time to relive some of your favorite childhood activities. Turn on the sprinkler and call up some friends to bring their swimsuits. Get a tarp or plastic drop cloth for a slipping and sliding extravaganza. Lathering up with a little dish soap will help you slide further. This kind of party can also be a great excuse to buy water guns and fill up a few buckets full of water balloons. With enough people, you can divide into teams for a game of capture the flag. If your friends are in their mid-to-late twenties, you could also use the water guns as a way to mix and serve cocktails.
Head to the Coffee Shop
Whether you’re in need of home air conditioning repair or just looking to spend less money on utilities, spending time away from home can help. Coffee shops are one of the most popular places to sit and get work done. Alternatively, you could head to the local library or a quiet neighborhood bar. When you’re looking for a place to spend more than an hour or two, it helps to know your priorities. Do you want to concentrate on getting work done or just pass the time? A bar will have noise and distractions, which may not bother some types of workers. On days when you aren’t working, spending the afternoons away from home can significantly reduce the time you need to use the A/C.
Keep a Sense of Perspective
Ultimately, mankind has survived for millennia without the modern conveniences of window units or electric fans. Most Americans have the option of purchasing cold beverages or snow cones, both of which can give a momentary respite. Remember how the heat felt when you’re once again able to turn the icy air back up to full blast.