Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer

Woman turned on the air conditioning unit to beat summer heat

One of the things St. Louis is famous for is its heat. Being situated in the Midwest, residents are accustomed to extreme temperatures. Newcomers may appreciate some helpful hints to help beat the heat.

Temperatures can reach triple digits in St. Louis during the summer months. The North American heat wave of 2012, beginning in June of that year, was one of the most severe in the history of the U.S. By the end of July, 23 people from St. Louis had died of heatstroke and other related illnesses. The temperatures soared to over 105 degrees and stayed that way for more than a week.

Other Midwest areas like Wisconsin got so hot the paving stones buckled, cattle in Kansas couldn’t bear to graze in the grass that was too hot to touch, and the fish in North Dakota rivers died after they were boiled in the excessive heat.

People can never be too prepared for summer.

Get Air Conditioning

The County Health Department recommends having air conditioning. While most people have it, those on lower incomes and older people may not. An air conditioning installation will circulate cold air in the St. Louis home, so its occupants can enjoy moderate temperatures all year round.

Don’t Use Fans!

Some people think fans are a cheaper alternative to air conditioning but this misconception is dangerous. Fans can’t cool the air and simply blow hot air around, making the room heat up even faster.

Drink Plenty of Water

Keep regularly stocked up with cold water. Don’t go out during maximum temperatures or make sure to use cooling stations or air-conditioned buildings. Wearing loose, lightweight and pale clothing is best.

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Know the Warning Signs

Always recognize the warning signs of heatstroke and exhaustion. They are:

  • Sweating very heavily or no sweating
  • Skin that is hot to the touch and flushed
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Heatstroke can kill; a person with these symptoms should be cooled down and given medical treatment.

For an air conditioning installation, repair of an AC unit and advice about making the most of your air conditioner, call and speak to the specialists.