During the summer, many people think about how the use of an air conditioner provides added comfort to their home. However, what about when those beautiful summer days turn to the extremes which leave everyone running for the nearest shade? It’s days like these where an air conditioner changes from a luxury to a necessity due to the extreme heat and the heat effects.
While everyone can be at risk for different heat effects, including a heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration among other occurrences, there are individuals who are more at risk of heat effects than others:
Babies: Because babies bodies haven’t fully developed their temperature regulating system, they tend to sweat less which leaves them more at risk of having a high body temperature. Here are some ways to care for an infant during hot weather:
Children: While a child’s temperature regulating system is more developed than an infants, it still isn’t entirely formed. However, the leading reason why children are more at risk to heat effects are because, during the summer months, children spend an extended period outdoors playing. Here are some tips to make your child less at risk for developing any heat related problems due to heat effects:
Pregnant Women: An increase to a woman’s core temperature could have an effect on the fetus, especially during the first trimester. When outside in extreme heat, here are some precautions pregnant women can take to reduce heat effects:
The Elderly: The older people get, the less extreme temperatures their body can handle because your temperature regulating system is less efficient. Here are some tips on how to lessen heat effects with the elderly.
With the extreme temperatures that Naperville and other Chicagoland towns are experiencing at the moment, it is extremely important to stay as up to date as possible with weather forecasts and prepare yourself to handle the heat. It’s because of these unexpected increases in temperatures that it is extremely important to make sure that your Air Conditioner is working properly and being maintained on an annual basis. If you have any questions regarding your home’s central air conditioning system, this extreme heat, or any other HVAC-related question, never hesitate to call us at (630) 548-1500.