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How to Stay Cool Indoors and Out During a Heatwave

Heatwaves can be relentless, making it difficult to stay comfortable and safe whether you’re inside or outside. High temperatures pose serious health risks, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To ensure you stay cool and healthy during the sweltering days of summer days, here are some practical tips for managing the heat both indoors and outdoors.

Staying Cool Indoors

  • Optimize air conditioning and fans. Set your air conditioner to a comfortable temperature, ideally between 75-78°F. If you don’t have AC, use fans strategically. Place a bowl of ice in front of a fan to create a cooling breeze, and ensure ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise to push cool air down.
  • Block out the heat. Close curtains, blinds, and shades during the hottest part of the day, usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to prevent the sun’s rays from heating your home.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Hydration helps regulate your body temperature. Avoid beverages that dehydrate, such as alcohol and caffeine.
  • Take a cool shower or baths. Taking cool showers or baths can quickly lower your body temperature. You can also use damp cloths or sponges with cool water on your skin for instant relief.
  • Eat light meals. Opt for smaller, lighter meals that are easier to digest and don’t generate as much body heat. Fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables are great choices, especially those with high water content like cucumbers and watermelon.
  • Create a cool sleeping environment. Use lightweight bedding, and consider sleeping with a damp sheet. Place a fan in your room to improve air circulation, and freeze a water bottle to place at the foot of your bed.

Staying Cool Outdoors

  • Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen, which allow your skin to breathe and sweat to evaporate.
  • Schedule outdoor activities wisely. Try to avoid outdoor activities during peak heat hours. Exercise or complete strenuous tasks early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cooler. Take frequent breaks in the shade to cool down.
  • Stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you and drink water regularly. If you’re active, consider sports drinks to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.
  • Find shade and use cooling accessories. Whenever possible, stay in the shade. Cooling towels, portable fans, and misting sprays can provide immediate relief when you’re out and about.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Check on others. Ensure that children, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions are staying cool and hydrated. They are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and may need extra attention during extreme heat.

At C&D Cooling & Heating, your health and comfort is our top priority. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency repair service. So, if your central or ductless air system is acting up, we’re ready to act promptly and professionally so you can stay cool and safe all summer long.