Keeping Cool in Heatwave Conditions

Keeping Cool in Heatwave Conditions

Here at First Choice Air Conditioning we know a thing about keeping cool! We have been keeping our customers cool for over twenty years… But what about keeping cool in heatwave conditions?

According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.” This has been evident as average global land temperatures have increased over 1 °C since the Industrial Revolution.

As a result of this baseline increase in temperature, we are seeing extreme heat events, such as heatwaves and record-breaking high temperatures, become more frequent, long-lasting, and intense.

Is Air Conditioning the Answer?

The Guardian states in this article “it is a vicious cycle – as the climate grows hotter, demand for air conditioning is booming and that’s contributing to making the climate even hotter.”

As suppliers of commercial and domestic air conditioning we are acutely aware of our products impact on the climate and, when installing any aircon system, always consider the most eco friendly option ensuring that each customer is only getting the system that they require for cooling their space – no more no less!

Over the last few years we’ve even begun recomending integrated air conditioning and heating units as advances in inverter-control and in product development and design now mean that air conditioning is highly effective at heating different areas as well as cooling. These products can actually decrease carbon emmissions by up to 50% (for further information see here)

However in heatwave conditions ensuring that you are cool is down to more than just having a great air conditioning system!

Risks of not Keeping Cool In Heatwave Conditions

In a severe heatwave, you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat. This can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke, which both need urgent treatment. Heatstroke can cause serious damage to your body or even death.
 
The NHS states that “In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year.”  and that the main issues are:

So with this in mind it’s essential to ensure that you keep yourself cool, especially if you are in a vulnerable group – even if you do have air conditioning!

Keeping Cool In Heatwave Tips

The Met office have compiled a great resource that can be found here and we’ve been scouring the web for those little pearls of wisdom that can make you that little bit more comfortable:

  1. Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home.Opening doors in the house and using box fans to push hot air outdoors can function as an “exhaust” system and draw cooler evening air into the house.
  2. Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet.
  3. Spend time downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor.
  4. Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration. You’ll need to consume more water than you usually do
  5. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as both of these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.
  6. Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.

For further information on keeping cool in heatwave conditions please visit the NHS website

If you are looking for a domestic or commercial heating system or have any questions about any of the information in this article  then feel free to give our friendly knowledgable staff a call on 0114 278 8898 or drop us an email below and we’ll be happy to assist.

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