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Coping with an A/C Breakdown this Summer

Coping with an A/C Breakdown this Summer

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Imagine it, a swelteringly hot summers day, you’ve been out in the sun all day, drinking with your friends, playing in the garden with kids, doing some planting or just relaxing on your own with a favorite book and a comfy chair. It’s been great. You’ve had a fantastic summers day. But then you want to cool off. You walk into your house only to find that the A/C is out. It’s broken down and needs to be repaired. You’re suddenly faced with the prospect of an evening in a boiling house. You can’t cool off, you can’t sleep, and life has just become much more uncomfortable. What do you do?

Well, first, remember that it’s not the end of the world. There are places all over the world where air conditioning isn’t standard. Where their homes are hot all summer long, and they have to find other ways to keep cool.

Get it Fixed

If you want a comfortable and healthy summer, you need your air conditioning. So, if you can, getting your unit fixed as soon as possible should be a priority. Find a dependable air conditioner repair company that can get out to you quickly. Even if you have a little wait, at least you’ll know the matter is in hand. 

Invest in a Fan

In the meantime, fans are your friends. You don’t need big industrial machines for your home, small desk fans, and upright fans for bigger areas can do the job well. Some people struggle to sleep with a fan in the room, but it can still be worth it to have on for a few hours before bed. 

Freeze Your Bedding

It might sound a little dramatic, but freezing your sheets and bed clothes can be a fantastic way to cool your bed down for long enough for you to get to sleep. Sure, it will warm up again during the night, but hopefully, the air temperature will have cooled down by then. 

Fold your pillowcase, sheet and PJ’s up and seal them in an airtight freezer bag. Place them in your freezer for as long as you can (even a few minutes will help) before you need them. Your bed will be cool for long enough for you to drift off to sleep.

Chill Out

In very hot weather, and conversely, terrible snowy weather, we find ourselves saying things like “it would be fun if I didn’t have to go about my day to day life” Snow is lovely to look at and play in until you’ve got to get to work and do the shopping. The sun is the same. It’s lovely when you are chilling in the garden, but horrible when you have chores to do and a life to lead. 

While your A/C is down, do as little as you can get away with at home. Leave the chores until it’s back online. Spend time resting and relaxing, and it will be much easier to keep your body temperature down. 

Stick to Water

There’s not much more relaxing than sitting by the pool sipping a cocktail. But, in a stuffy and hot house, alcohol won’t help. You’ll have hot flushes, you’ll sweat, and it will be very hard to get comfy. Stick to iced water instead. 

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Amateurs Beware! When Not To Attempt Household Repairs

Amateurs Beware! When Not To Attempt Household Repairs

Many of us fancy ourselves as an amateur tradesman. If there’s a paint job that needs doing or a leaking pipe, we suddenly become an expert and roll our sleeves up. In some cases, attempting your own repairs is fine. In others, it can have disastrous consequences. Here are some scenarios when it’s best to relinquish maintenance jobs to the professionals.

Anything that involves wires or electricity

If you’ve got a problem with your wiring, steer well clear. Electrical injuries can be life-threatening. You may have excelled at circuits at school or done a few basic jobs in your time. But it’s always best to be on the safe side. Electricians have advanced training, and they are much better placed to the do than you are. If you think there’s something up with the electrics in your home, search online for a local electrician or ask family or friends for recommendations.

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Complex plumbing issues

You may be able to shift a minor blockage in the sink. However, if you come across more complex plumbing issues, it’s best to investigate professional plumbing services. In your quest to resolve the problem, you could do a lot more harm than good. You may be at risk of injury, and the bill could increase significantly. Examples of problems you may need a plumber for include leaking pipes, hot water issues, and decreased water pressure.

Damp

Damp is a very common problem in older houses. It usually stems from leaks in the roof or cracks in the wall, which lead to excess moisture. You can often see patches of damp on ceilings and walls. There can also be a distinctive musty smell. If you spot signs of damp, it’s best to tackle the issue as quickly as possible. This is a problem that will only get worse, especially during the winter months.

Furnace malfunction

If you have problems with your heating, this usually indicates furnace malfunction. By all means, have a look at the control panel, and see if there are obvious issues. But don’t try and rectify problems by removing parts of the furnace or playing around with dials. If the furnace is faulty, this can be very dangerous. It’s best to call a qualified, certified engineer. They will be able to carry out an assessment, and hopefully, find a solution.

Loose roof tiles

If you spot loose roof tiles, resist the temptation to get the ladders out and embrace your inner Spider-Man. Going up onto the roof poses a risk of injury. If you fall, you could suffer fractures, dislocations or even head and spinal injuries. Call a roofing firm and leave it to the experts. They have the safety equipment and experience to do the job properly.

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Sometimes, doing jobs around the house can save you time and money. However, it’s essential to know when a scenario requires expert attention. If you encounter any of the household issues listed above, don’t put your safety at risk. There’s a reason why people train for years to do dangerous jobs.

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