Summer is a lovely season. It’s a time for family vacations, deck parties, and weekends at the lake. There are also times when it’s best to escape the summer heat by spending the day in an air conditioned home or building. It can also be a risky time if you don’t take the right precautions to properly prepare your home to combat the extreme external temperatures of this time of year. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are urgent conditions ‘that can take place when the body becomes overheated, and it can take place anywhere, outside or in your home. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if if not taken care of immediately, may cause injury to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and in severe cases a heat stroke could be deadly. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep yourself and your family safe from heat ailments this summer.
Know the signs
You can be careful but sometimes that’s not enough. Understand the indicators of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, fainting, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, trouble breathing, and more. If you are out of your home and show any of these symptoms, seek air-conditioned shelter as soon as possible. If you are not feeling better within 30 minutes or are having breathing problems, loss of consciousness, or chest pains, call your doctor straightaway or go to the nearest emergency room.
Have your air conditioning system checked as soon as possible
Proactively maintaining your home’s AC will help prevent a failure on the high temperature summer days, when your A/C system is operating at top capacity around the clock for weeks and months. During a standard maintenance service, an expert A/C system technician can normally avoid an emergency by finding troubles and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the system so it is in tip-top shape during the heat of summer when its needed the most.
Wear loose, lightweight fabric, particularly when you’re going to be outdoors. Don’t wear dark shades, specifically black fabrics, 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 avoid the sun on your face, and don’t layer clothing.
Help keep you and your loved ones hydrated by drinking lots 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 bringing a water bottle with you always. During a heat wave or peak heat of the day, stay away from drinks that include alcohol or caffeine since they can accelerate dehydration.
To ensure your AC is in good health and is ready to keep your home cool if there’s an emergency, call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 so whenever you need us, we’re there for you.