We’ve certainly begun experiencing our first set of heatwaves here in Southwestern Idaho, and they’re likely not our last. When temperatures get this hot, it’s important to be comfortable, safe, and smart. Here’s what you can do to prepare for the heatwaves ahead:
Watch Your Time Spent Outdoors
Outdoor activities might be fun during the summer, but the excessive heat we’re experiencing now is enough to inflict serious heatstroke on unsuspecting victims. Make sure you limit your time outdoors to ensure you’re not getting overheated, dehydrated, or exerting yourself too much. It’s never a bad idea to take a break!
Shorts and t-shirts are a must, but you should also wear materials that let you breathe. While certain fabrics might be fashionable, they might be restricting your body’s ability to exhaust heat and you’ll be stuck sweating and feeling the effects of the heatwave.
Our bodies sweat when temperatures are hot. When our sweat is evaporated, it removes heat and cools us down! While this process is great at keeping us cool, it utilizes a lot of water. Drink lots of water and even try drinking juices and other delicious, cold beverages to make sure you’re staying hydrated and healthy.
Limit Your Exposure to the Sun
The sun can feel nice, but on these particularly hot days it’s overwhelming. Not only does it contribute to heatstroke and other ill effects, but the sun’s UV rays can be harmful to your skin when exposed for too long. Use sunscreen and make sure you limit your time spent outdoors.
Take Care of Your AC
Don’t let your AC breakdown on the hottest days of the year! Here are a few ways you can help your system:
- Change out the air filter regularly.
- Run your AC in conjunction with ceiling fans to distribute cooled air effectively.
- Use curtains and blinds to block out sunlight and keep your home a few degrees cooler.
Don’t forget to call our team if you run into any tricky AC hiccups. We can help. Schedule an appointment today or call us at our hotline above.