Summer is an incredible time of year. It’s a time for exotic vacations, backyard barbeques, 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 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 urgent conditions ‘that can occur when the body becomes overheated, and it can occur anywhere, outside and inside. A heat stroke needs emergency medical care and, if treatment is not received, may cause harm to your kidneys, heart, brain, and muscles, and in extreme cases a heat stroke could result in death. So keep in mind Safety First, both inside and outside your home. Find out how you can keep your loved ones safe from overheating this summer.
Understand the indicators
You can take precautions but things can still happen. Understand the signs of heat exhaustion and heat-related ailments: nausea, feeling faint, headache, rapid heartbeat, pain in your chest, breathing problems, and more. If you are outside and display any of these symptoms, find air-conditioned shelter immediately. 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 ER.
Have your air conditioning system checked immediately
Proactively servicing your home’s air conditioning system will help prevent a malfunction on the warmest summer days, when your A/C system is running at top capacity all day and night for weeks and months. During a routine maintenance visit, an expert A/C system technician can typically prevent an emergency by finding problems and replacing parts before they breakdown, and cleaning and tuning the AC so it works like new again during the heat of summer when you need it the most.
Wear loose, lightweight clothes, specifically when you’re going outside. Stay away from dark hues, particularly black clothes, since dark colors retain heat. The color white reflects the sun and helps keep you cooler. It’s also good to invest in a wide-brimmed or gardening hat to keep the sun off your face, and avoid layering clothing.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty 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, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine because they can add to dehydration.
To make sure your AC is in good shape and is ready to keep your home cool in the event of an emergency, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock so whenever you need us, we are here for you.