How To Keep Your Kids Cool When The AC Fails On A Hot Day

The hotter it is outside, the harder your air conditioner has to work. So, if your air conditioner is going to fail, it usually happens on a scorching hot day. If you have kids, you may worry about them overheating and becoming uncomfortable while you wait for emergency AC repairs. However, there are a few fun ways you can keep them cool in the meantime.

Have a pool party -- in the tub.

Have all of your kids put on their bathing suits, and fill up the bathtub with some cool water. Put a few floaty toys in the tub, play some summery music, and have a pool party! Yes, the bathroom floor might be a bit moist when they're all done splashing and playing, but you won't have to worry about them getting too warm since the cool water will cool them off. You can sit just outside the bathroom to observe them and ensure their safety. While you watch, you can make calls to the HVAC tech and friends who may be able to help with your situation.

Head to a friend's house.

If you have a friend nearby who has air conditioning, give them a call and ask if they'd like a last-minute visit from you and your kids. You can pick up a pizza or some other favorite takeout food on the way and share it with them as a "thank you." Ideally, this should be a friend who does not mind watching your kids if you get a call from the HVAC contractor and need to head home for a few minutes. This way, the kids won't get in the way of the HVAC contractor doing their job.

Enjoy some frozen treats and popsicles.

If you have popsicles or other frozen goodies in your freezer, now is the time to hand them out. If you do not have frozen treats, load the kids in the car and take a field trip to the grocery store. You can all cool off in the store's air conditioning for a few minutes while picking out some delicious frozen treats to take home and enjoy.

Turn on the fans.

While a fan won't lower the temperature of your home, it will circulate air and keep your kids more comfortable. If your kids need to sit in a certain area to do school work or complete other activities, set a fan up on front of them. If they're still too hot, they can spray themselves with a little fresh water. The evaporation of the water will help cool them off even more. 

For more information, visit