Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for beach vacations, deck parties, and afternoons at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to avoid the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to withstand the extreme outdoor temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke may be fatal. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Learn how you can keep yourself and your family safe from overheating this summer.
Recognize the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are out of your home and exhibit any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your home’s AC checked immediately
Proactive service your home’s AC will help avoid a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is running at maximum capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can typically avoid an emergency by locating troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the air conditioner so it is ready to keep you cool throughout the summer when you want it most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going outdoors. Avoid wearing dark shades, especially black clothing, since dark colors absorb heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and never layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, stay away from drinks containing caffeine or alcohol since they can accelerate dehydration.
To ensure your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we are here for you.