After emerging from the ravaging winds of winter, the world of ice and the planet of snow that winter brings—we will soon welcome summer. For all the Al-fresco lunches, long days and warm nights in the world, summer still brings a little bit of danger. The human body doesn’t deal well with high heats and cool colds and it might very well be the roasting heat of the summer that brings the most danger. Dehydration, sunburn and sunstroke are huge issues and should be taken as seriously as possible.
We all enjoy the outdoorsy opportunities that summer brings, but it’s worth considering a few small home improvements to not only improve your comfort in the summer, but to save your health! If you can afford air conditioning, it might be worth investing in a unit that can cool down your home. This is especially important during the night so you can actually get a bit of rest and stop sweating. Air conditioning is expensive, though—but it’s worth it.
The rays of the sun also present another huge problem as well. If you’re outside and in the glaring rays, you’ll be at risk of sunburn and even skin cancer. Something like a shade sail can be a custom and cool way to keep, well, cool! It looks good and the canopies provided are great for outdoor parties. The majority of reasons heat and dry are bad involve health. Dehydration is a serious issue in the summer and will happen without you knowing. You don’t need to be aching for a drink to be dehydrated, but if you are, have a sip of something. Try to avoid alcoholic drinks and sugary sodas in the high temperatures of the day as these can simply increase your dehydration levels. Stick to water—and iced tea if you fancy something sweet. Keep water cool and freely available as it will come out of the faucet a little warm—especially on really hot days. Ice cubes can help with this, but also stock a few water bottles in your fridge, or even in your freezer! Investing in a nice, spacious cooler might be a good idea, but consider the fridge a permanent version of this.
Airflow is super important in the home during summer. When you’re in the house, open windows and curtains and allow fresh air to sweep around the home. This can be naturally cooling and will help you save on energy bills as you may not require the help of an air conditioning unit during the day. Only do this when you’re actually in the property as it can be a security risk if you’ve left all the windows open when you are out.
If you do want to take advantage of the hot summer sun—be sensible. Sunbathing is great, but you need to ensure you are using sun lotion and staying out of extreme heat. This is common sense and if it’s too hot to lie down on a lounger, then you need to escape the sun and get inside. Severe sunburn can be agony and heat stroke can put you out of action for days. Just be sensible and employ common sense when exposing yourself to the sun.
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