Be prepared to fight a muggy summer by checking your Seattle cooling systems before it gets hot.
While the summer months in Seattle normally consist of warm weather and humid air, meteorologists forecast that the summer of 2013 will be hotter and muggier than usual. While temperatures may not be unbearably hot, the humidity will make the summer months seem much warmer. Overall, the months will be hot, with just a few cool weeks sprinkled throughout. Be prepared by following these tips:
Families with senior citizens and children should take extra precautions during the summer months, as these segments of the population are more vulnerable to heatstroke. It’s important your cooling systems be in good working order. Whether you use a heat pump, air conditioner or hybrid system, call for air conditioning services to check on the system and perform regular maintenance before the muggy weather hits.
During extremely hot weather, stay indoors and close your drapes, blinds or lower the shades to block the temperature-raising sunlight. If possible, use fans in conjunction with air conditioning. This will save you money by helping your cooling system to work more efficiently.
If you are outdoors for a family function or event, try to schedule activities before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., when the temperature is not as warm. Avoid overexerting yourself and stay away from crowded places where heat builds. Take breaks in shaded or wooded areas when you begin to feel hot. Wear light colors and fabrics such as cotton and linen to keep air circulating rather than trapped against your sweating skin. Loose-fitting clothing and hats are musts for protecting your face.
Also, avoid hot foods. Opt for popsicles, ice cream, and other frozen treats. Cold foods such as salads, sandwiches, vegetables, and fresh fruits are excellent ways to stay hydrated during the hot summer months.
Pay close attention to weather reports and avoid long walks when the sun is at its peak, specifically between noon and 3 p.m. Let outdoor activities like gardening wait until the morning. Avoid long walks during the hot hours and opt for an evening stroll after dinner instead.
You also need to replenish the fluids lost from your body during sweating. Always keep a bottle of cold water on hand and drink even if you’re not thirsty. Sports drinks can also help to replenish electrolytes, but water should be your first choice. Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages, which can worsen dehydration.
By following these tips, you can enjoy the summer months without putting too much strain on your body.
Call MM Comfort Systems for air conditioning services to make sure your cooling systems are in good working order before hot weather hits.
With over three decades servicing and repairing heating and cooling systems, MM Comfort Systems can get you ready for the muggy summer of 2013. Call us at 425.533.9058 or use our online contact form for a free consultation today.