Your Ultimate Summer Survival Guide! - Sun Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Your Ultimate Summer Survival Guide!

Couple on couch trying to stay cool in the summer heat

With the sun beating down relentlessly, you might be wondering how to survive the rest of this summer! But with a little preparation and know-how, you can stay cool, comfortable, and safe all season long.

Here’s your ultimate guide to conquering the dog days of summer:

Be sun smart

The sun may feel great, but too much exposure can be dangerous. When you’re out and about, make sure to slather on that sunscreen and reapply often. Don’t forget to rock a stylish hat to shade your face and take regular breaks in the shade to avoid overheating. Opt for light-colored, loose-fitting clothes to stay cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Water is your best friend in hot weather. Keep a water bottle handy and sip regularly throughout the day. It’s best to choose water over caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which can contribute to dehydration. If you’re sweating a lot, try sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. Don’t forget about food as a source of hydration too – water-rich foods like cucumbers and watermelon can help keep you cool and hydrated.

Keep your cool at home

Turn your house into a cool oasis with some simple tricks. Close blinds and curtains during the hottest parts of the day to keep the sun’s rays at bay. When the temperature drops in the evening, open windows to let in cooler air. Use fans to circulate air, but remember they’re only effective when it’s below 95°F outside. Instead of trying to cool your entire house, focus on a couple of key rooms to make the most of your cooling efforts.

Be smart about exercise

Staying active is important, but be smart about it in the heat. Try to schedule your workouts during cooler parts of the day, like early morning or evening. Take more breaks than usual and listen to your body. Hydration is key, so drink extra water before, during, and after exercise. If you’re looking for a refreshing workout, try water-based activities like swimming or water aerobics.

Eat light and stay cool

Heavy meals can make you feel sluggish in the heat. Instead, opt for lighter, well-balanced meals that won’t weigh you down. Choose foods with high water content like salads and fruits to help keep you hydrated. On particularly hot days, try cold soups or chilled dishes for a refreshing meal that won’t heat up your kitchen.

Know the signs of heat-related illness

Being aware of how the heat affects you and others is crucial. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion like heavy sweating, dizziness, and headache. More serious is heat stroke, which can present with confusion, rapid pulse, and hot dry skin. If someone shows signs of heat stroke, it’s a medical emergency – call 911 immediately and try to cool them down while waiting for help.

Plan for nighttime comfort

Getting a good night’s sleep can be tough when it’s hot, but it’s not impossible. Use lightweight, breathable bedding and consider taking a cool shower before bed to lower your body temperature. If possible, sleep on the lowest level of your home where it’s naturally cooler. A fan in your bedroom can help circulate air and create a more comfortable sleeping environment.

By following these tips and being prepared, you can enjoy all the season has to offer without breaking a sweat (well, maybe just a little sweat). Stay cool out there and make the most of your summer!

And by the way, the pros at Sun Heating & Cooling are always here to help, if you are having any AC problems and need professional air conditioning repair. Contact us today or give us a call: (248) 986-1506

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