Summer is an incredible time of the year. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also instances when it’s best to dodge the summer heat by staying inside. It can also be a dangerous time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme external temperatures of the season. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke commands emergency medical care and, if untreated, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So remember Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep your loved ones safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the indicators
You can be careful but things can still go wrong. Understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related illnesses: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, go into air-conditioned shelter immediately. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing issues, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital.
Have your home’s AC checked immediately
Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the hottest summer days, when your air conditioning system is operating at top capacity 24/7 for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance call, an expert air conditioning technician can typically avert an emergency by discovering troubles and replacing parts before they go out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is ready to keep you cool all summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, particularly when you’re going to be outside. Avoid wearing dark shades, specifically black clothes, since dark colors absorb 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.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water or juice. Even if you’re not thirsty, your body can still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you at all times. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, steer clear of drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can contribute to dehydration.
To confirm your A/C system is in good working order and is equipped to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.