Indoor heat stress is caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Regardless of your location, high temperatures can have harmful effects on your health.
Experts advise taking shelter in the shade and avoiding too much exposure to the sun to prevent dangerous incidents such as fainting, dehydration and heat stroke, but did you know that heat exhaustion can also occur while you’re inside your own home?
Fortunately, these situations can be prevented by taking certain precautions, one of which is regular HVAC repair and maintenance to ensure your air conditioning system is there when you need it to keep you cool.
Here are some of the other ways you can avoid indoor heat exhaustion:
Fans Are Not Enough
It’s not advisable to use fans in closed rooms. While the breeze from a fan can be refreshing, it can actually do more harm than good when used in an enclosed area, as it can increase the temperature in the room. Instead, place ice cubes in front of an electric fan or use other cooling machines to aid in lowering the room’s temperature.
Hire a Qualified HVAC Inspector
Regular HVAC maintenance service is required to ensure that your system works perfectly at all times. Be sure to hire a qualified inspector to clean the unit and replace defective parts. An effective technician should be able to remove dirt from your unit and replace the filters on a regular basis. Pro Tip: Always keep in touch with your technician so that you can call on them whenever emergency repairs are needed.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Your body is still the best cooling system you’ve got. All you have to do is to keep it hydrated by drinking water–lots and lots of water. Heat is released from the body in the form of sweat, but without enough fluid in the body, your own cooling system can fail. On a sweltering day, drink as much water as you can. Don’t wait until you feel like you’re thirsty; by the time you feel thirsty, you’re already on your way to dehydration;
Bounds Heating & Air is your leading choice for quality services, including air conditioning repair, HVAC maintenance and indoor air quality solutions. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (352) 278-9123 or fill out our online contact form. We serve Lake City, FL, and surrounding communities in Florida.