Staying Cool in the Hot Texas Sun
BillyGO is here to repair and service Dallas-Fort Worth’s AC units 24/7, but should your home lose power, or your AC stops working, we have some tips for keeping your home cool and your family comfortable in the summer heat.
Cooling down your home When your AC is Not Working:
Create a cross breeze in your home by opening two or more windows or doors to your home. Doing this is more effective than simply opening one window.
Place a fan close to an open window facing outward. This will direct warm air from inside the room outside and result in cooler temperatures than simply blowing a fan inside.
Use blackout curtains. This will result in a darker room, but sheer curtains allow for more light and heat to enter the room.
Cooling down your body:
Wet a bandana and tie it around your forehead and/or place a wet rag on the back of your neck. This is an effective way to lower your body temperature quickly.
Stay Hydrated. Drink water and beverages with electrolytes. Your body naturally exerts more energy and requires more water and nutrients in the heat or when you are active.
Wear lightweight clothes made of cotton. Polyester and nylon are used in a lot of athletic wear because they help you stay dry, which will actually result in a warmer internal temperature. You sweat to keep your body temperature down.
Watch For Heat Related Illnesses:
Be aware of the signs of heat related illnesses like Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, and the CDC’s recommendations for what to do to keep your family safe.
Heat Exhaustion – When your body is overwhelmed by the culmination of dehydration and overheating the body’s natural cooling system will fail. Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include confusion, irritability, pale or clammy skin, and dizziness. In extreme situations vomiting, fainting, and worsening symptoms will occur.
Heat Stroke – The deadly result of advanced heat exhaustion is heat stroke. Symptoms include fever, headache, dizziness, confusion, red skin, nausea and loss of consciousness. Emergency services should always be called immediately. It is recommended that you should move the person to a cool place such as a bathtub full of water. The CDC recommends NOT giving the person anything to drink once they show signs of heat stroke.
We encourage everyone to educate themselves as much as they can on the dangers of heat related illness so you can stay comfortable, safe, and healthy in the summer. You can learn more about the topic on the CDC’s webpage.