Don’t Get Beat By The Heat This Summer

by Kelsey Kim

There’s a heatwave marching over the planet, followed shortly by a wave of groaning, complaining and sweating. The heat might make it hard to find the motivation to do much of anything at all, but that doesn’t mean you should simply sit there and take it. Here, we’re going to look more closely at how to protect yourself and your home from the crazy temperatures we’re seeing. You may be able to beat the heat this summer, but you’re going to have to put some effort in.

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Stay hydrated

The risk of dehydration during high temperatures is not something to be taken lightly. Dehydration does a lot more than make you feel thirsty, it has a range of nasty symptoms, including tiredness, dry skin, headaches, tummy trouble, cramps, lightheadedness and more. And yes, serious dehydration can cause serious damage, even potentially fatal damage. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day and know the foods and drinks that can dehydrate you. It might be tempting to reach for a cold soda or glass of wine, but medical wisdom dictates that it could actually have the opposite effect from what you want. When in doubt, water is always best.

Know how to best cool your body

When you’re languishing in that heat, sometimes you want to know how to cool yourself down as best as possible. A lot of people are going to be toting handheld fans, but they might not actually do much good. They offer some temporary comfort, but they actually do very little to lower the temperature of your body. Instead, you should be aware of the body’s quick cooling spots. Take a cold pack or cold water to one or more of these spots, or alternate between them for a minute at a time, and you can genuinely feel your body’s temperature lowering, making you much more comfortable. These spots include the neck, elbows, knees, wrists, and inner thighs. The reason these parts of the body are so effective at cooling the rest of it is because they are “pulse spots”, meaning that your pulse and blood flow are closer to the surface of your skin. You’re cooling off your blood, which goes through the rest of the body.

Fix up your windows

It’s the sun that’s causing most of these problems so, naturally, you should make sure you do everything you can to resist it. While you may want to let in as much of the natural light as possible, insulating blinds are excellent at keeping more of the light and head out of the home. Also, it might sound reasonable to open the windows and let some fresh air in but, unless there’s a breeze outside that can help you cool down, you can make the problem worse. Warm air rushes into the space left by cool air, so you want to actually stop the hot air from getting into the house.

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Make sure your home is nice and sealed tight

With that concept of heat transference through the air in mind, you should be wary of any air gaps in your home. Windows and doors are common sources, as their materials can more easily warp over time, opening gaps that effective the breaches the barrier your home is supposed to provide between the indoors and the outdoors. However, the roof over your head could have an even greater impact. Not only will a faulty roof make the home hotter in the summer, it will make it colder in the winter, and expose the home to rain, leaving a risk of damp and mold. Teams like Signature Roofing can help you inspect your roof and ensure that it’s in good health or, otherwise, repair what’s wrong with it. Not only will it make the home more comfortable, but you won’t have to pay as much for AC use, since you’ll be able to more efficiently and effectively cool the house down.

Chill with your food (and skip the oven)

Summer is the time for light, cold meals, and there are plenty of tasty salad recipes you can try out to ensure you’re getting your fill. Most important, however, is that you avoid using your oven on the hottest days, when possible. Nothing is going to heat your kitchen as quickly or severely at cooking with your oven and that heat can quickly spread throughout the rest of the home. If you have to use it, close the kitchen door during and after the meal to keep the heat localized to one area as best as possible.

Enjoy a cool sleep

If you really want to talk discomfort, then let’s talk about how we’re sleeping at night. Trying to get some shut eye in a humid, horribly hot bed is no-one’s idea of fun, so make sure you’re taking some action to cool it before you turn off the lights. Switch your bed clothes for lighter fabrics and wear light pajamas or sleep in the nude if you have to. You might want to consider sweat wicking materials for even greater effect. A shower or bath before bed can help, as well.

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Take a closer look at your AC

You should try to arrange scheduled maintenance and check for your home’s air conditioning at least once a year, and summer is the perfect time to make sure it’s working. Teams like Right Now HVAC can make sure that your systems haven’t dipped in efficiency, find any faults that might be making them less effective and, most importantly, let you know when you’re due for a replacement. You could be paying a lot more than you should for an air conditioner that isn’t really doing much to cool the home.

Hopefully, the tips above give you some ideas that you and your home are currently missing on how to beat that heat and live with at least some comfort in your own home. We can all make it through this heatwave with sanity intact if we be smart about it.

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1 comment

James Benning July 30, 2019 - 2:44 pm

Definitely, a huge one is keeping the oven off. I hate not making my frozen pizzas but the heat from the oven is just too much during the summer.

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