Summer is an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques, 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 hazardous time if you don’t properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke demands emergency medical aid and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both indoors and outdoors. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Understand the symptoms
You can be diligent but things can still happen. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related sicknesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and have any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER.
Have your home’s AC checked as soon as possible
Proactive maintenance of your home’s A/C equipment will help avoid a malfunction on the hottest summer days, when your AC equipment is operating at maximum capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During an annual maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can usually prevent 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. Stay away from dark colors, specifically black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white helps keep you cooler by reflecting the sun. It’s also a great idea to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to help stop the sun from shining down on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water or juice. Just because you are not thirsty doesn’t mean your body isn’t in need of hydration so try carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, avoid drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.
To confirm your AC is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool in case of an emergency, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available day or night so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.