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Ways to Keep Your Dad Cool When Air Conditioning Isn't an Option

Jun 29, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

It's summer and it's hot. Your dad is struggling to stay cool enough. His windows tilt open, so he can't use an air conditioner. How is he supposed to stay cool when it's so hot?

Draw in the Night's Cooler Air

Once the sun goes down, open windows and run window fans all night long. This will draw cooler night air into the home. When your dad gets up, he can turn the fans off, remove them from the windows, and shut the windows to trap the cooler air inside.

Block Out the Sun

Before the sun hits the house, shut blinds and windows. Trap in the cool air drawn in during the night. Light-blocking curtains can help keep the house dark, which will keep it cooler. Fans can help circulate the cooler air.

Planting shade trees around the home also helps keep the sun from heating up the house on a sunny day. If that's not possible, he can put up awnings over windows where the sun hits for the longest amount of time.

Use Ventilator Fans to Draw Cooler Air From the Basement 

If your dad's home has a basement that stays cool, a ventilator fan can be helpful This fan is installed into the wall or floor and fans draw the cooler basement air into the upstairs. 

If your dad's basement is damp and musty, this may not be a great idea. It will draw basement odors upstairs, too. If he's never had his basement tested for radon gas, he should check that first. He does not want to be drawing radon into his living area.

Can You Make a Portable Air Conditioner Work?

A portable air condition unit has a hose that connects to the back of the air conditioner. That hose is the exhaust for the hot air created when cooling your home. These air conditioners come with a PVC frame that fits into the bottom of your window and extends across the entire bottom to keep outside air from entering. 

For homes where windows tilt or crank open, the window AC kit won't work. It will, however, work if there's a sliding glass door. With a sliding glass door kit, the frame extends to fit in a four-inch space along the vertical edge of the sliding glass door's opening. Weatherstripping creates a tight seal to prevent drafts. The door closes against the frame to hold it in place.

Make sure someone is checking on your dad when it's hot. If you can't do it, elderly care professionals can help out. Caregivers can remind your dad to get out of the sun on a hot day. He can have someone topping up his water glass throughout the day. He also has someone to make him cooler meals for hot summer days. Call an elderly care agency to learn more.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering elderly care in Readington Township, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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