While most of the country can expect a near normal or warmer July and August than usual, it may also mean higher risks for allergies or for sunburns, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
That’s why Reliance™ has put together a short Summer Survival Guide to help you play smart and experience the heat, humidity and high temperatures in relative comfort:
- Protect yourself: Wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are smart ways to take care of your eyes and avoid burning your face. Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more, offering broad spectrum and UVA/UVB protection, are a must on any areas that might be exposed to the sun. And, if you can, limit your outdoor excursions to the morning and late afternoon, when the sun is not at its strongest.
- Drink up: Stay hydrated when you’re outside – even if you’re simply relaxing in the sun. Non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated and non-sugary fluids like water and sports drinks are best and remember, drink at regular intervals, not just when you think you’re thirsty.
- Achoo!: Pollen and other seasonal allergies can be a big deal over the next couple of months. Allergy medications – either over-the-counter or doctor-prescribed – can work wonders. So can venturing out when it’s a bit cooler or humid outside, or just after it’s rained when there’s less pollen in the air.
- Car safety: Never, under any circumstances, leave a child or pet unattended in a confined space like a car on a hot day. Even on relatively cool summer days, small kids and animals can overheat in just a few minutes.
- Stay cool: As much as we all love taking advantage of the warm weather, when it becomes a bit much, there’s no better relief than your air-conditioned home. But what if your system breaks down or it’s not operating efficiently? When that happens, a licensed Air Conditioner technician from Reliance can inspect and clean your air conditioner and perform any repairs that may be needed. Plus, ask how you can save $40 on a 21-point AC tune-up through July and August.
If you have any questions about keeping your air conditioner in full working order this summer, contact a Reliance Home Comfort Advisor today!