Summer is a glorious season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by hanging out indoors. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outdoor temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke demands emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in intense cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So think Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Understand the signs
You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain radiating in your chest, issues with breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactively maintaining your home’s A/C equipment will help prevent a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your air conditioner is functioning at full capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avoid an emergency by discovering problems and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it works like new again during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, especially when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, specifically black clothes, since dark colors hold heat. The color white is a better choice since it reflects 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 never layer clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, including 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 always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To confirm your AC is in good health and is prepared to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are ready for you.