A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. Excessive heat is determined by Heat Index Values. The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. Summers in North America are hot, meaning most parts of the US experience heat waves during the summer.
Heat waves can cause AC breakdowns, power outages, and heat strokes if you’re out and about without shade.
Try these chilly tricks to dodge the heat:
- Final curtain - It doesn’t get more low-tech than hanging cloth. But shutting out solar radiation can help your AC.
- Steady goes - Instead of turning your air off and on during the day, find a steady medium to conserve power.
- Night power - If temps drop at night, open your windows to stay cool with nature's AC.
- Seal it - Heat can creep in windows and doors. A simple strip of plastic flashing can save big bucks.
- Test the water - Drink plenty of fluids: Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Avoid sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic drinks. Avoid icy beverages because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Neighbor up - Check in with older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions at least twice, daily.
Stay cool, be cool, and survive this sweltering summer heat in style.