Heat Wave Survival Basics for Homeowners

Surviving a heat wave is just one of the many things that homeowners have to think about – it’s up there with trying to figure out how to alleviate allergies in your home or how to stay protected from the frigid temperatures in the wintertime. However, when you are in the thick of a heat wave, it can sometimes feel like there is absolutely no hope. Then again, it is important to understand that there is hope for keeping yourself comfortable during a particularly brutal and hot summer. Not only is it important for the sake of your comfort, but also your well-being – extremely hot temperatures can actually be dangerous. Here are some heat wave survival basics for homeowners.

  1. Keep your body temperature down. One of the best ways to brave the heat and to protect yourself from the brutal temperatures is to keep your own personal body temperature down. You can do this by taking cold showers, drinking cold liquids, or by taking a dip in a cold pool. When you keep your body temperature down, you will feel a lot more comfortable.
  2. Insulate your attic. It is also important to insulate your attic. If you truly want to brave the summertime heat waves, you will need a barrier that keeps the cool air inside your home. When your attic is not insulated, much of the cool air blasting from your air conditioner escapes through the roof. This can be a tremendous waste of both energy and money. Not only can energy escape, but the warm air from your attic can push into your home and make many of your cooling efforts completely fruitless.
  3. Enlist the help of circulating fans. On top of blasting your air conditioner, you also want to blast your fans – both table fans and ceiling fans. Fans are also important to use after you blast your AC and want to give your HVAC a break – fans can break up the air and provide a cooling breeze. It is important to remember, though, that while fans are more energy efficient than air conditioners, you still want to turn them off when you leave a certain room – it’s the same thing as turning lights off when you leave a room.
  4. Seal leaks and drafts. On top of using fans, you also want to do your best to keep your home impervious to leaks and drafts. In the summertime, energy leaks can make your home much cooler – mostly because the air outside is cooler. But when the air outside is brutally hot, it can make your home feel much warmer than it should feel, and it can get in the way of your AC’s ability to properly cool your home.
  5. Leave the house if gets too hot. If it gets too hot in your home, it may be smart to simply leave and find a cooler environment, like a movie theater. When it comes down to it, the heat can actually be incredibly harmful to your health if it crawls past a certain point, so it is important to find respite elsewhere if you can’t find it at home.

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