Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for exotic vacations, patio parties, and evenings at the lake. There are also days when it’s best to dodge 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 take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to battle the extreme outside temperatures of summer. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘caused by the body becoming overheated, and it can happen anywhere, outdoors or indoors. A heat stroke requires emergency medical treatment and, if untreated, may cause injury to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Discover how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Recognize the symptoms
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat-related conditions: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, and more. If you are outdoors and exhibit any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter straightaway. If you do have have improvement within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or pain in your chest, call your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your A/C equipment checked as soon as possible
Proactive service your home’s air conditioning system will help escape a malfunction on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is running at full capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally prevent an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they give out, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape throughout the summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outdoors. Stay away from dark colors, particularly black fabrics, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also a great idea to purchase a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to avoid the sun on your face, and never layer clothing.
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, including water or juice. Although you may not be thirsty, your body may still be in need of hydration so try bringing a water bottle with you always. When heat waves come in or it’s the middle of the day, steer clear of drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can contribute to dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep you 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.