With summer temperatures in the Coachella Valley averaging from 104 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s crucial that residents stay as cool as possible. During July, many people make plans to spend time outdoors with barbeque’s, parties, fireworks, festivals, and more. With such high temps not just during the day, but also at night (average summer night time temperatures range from 75 to 86 degrees), overheating can quickly become a serious health risk. Following are some suggestions for residents throughout the Coachella Valley to beat the heat this July:
1. Limit Your Time in the Sun. Although many celebrations call for festivities outdoors, it’s important that you stay out of the sun as much as you can, and this is especially true for senior citizens and children, who can fall victim to heatstroke very quickly. If going into an actual building where air conditioning isn’t an option, staying under a canopy or a tent, or even wearing a large-brimmed hat can significantly help reduce exposure to the hot sun.
2. Stay hydrated. Be mindful of the fluids you drink during summer months; alcoholic beverages contribute to dehydration, and carbonated drinks like soda can do the same. Drinking water is hands down the best way to stay hydrated; if you’re consuming other drinks, be sure to alternate those with water. Keep in mind, too, that when you feel thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated, so don’t wait until you’re parched before you drink water!
3. Close the blinds, drapes or curtains during the day. You might be surprised at how much heat can enter a home via sunlight through the windows! It would be best to install thermal curtains or blinds, which significantly block much of the heat and sun that shines in. In addition, when your air conditioning in Palm Springs has a cooler home to work with, it won’t have to run as often or work so hard, which saves energy and money, too.
4. Take advantage of the opportunity to go swimming! Not only is a dip in the pool fun, but it’s great, low-impact exercise and an immediate way to cool off. Always make sure that you practice water safety tips, and use sunscreen that is water-resistant to avoid harmful sunburns.
July doesn’t have to be a sweltering, uncomfortable or dangerous month, as long as you make your safety and health a priority. Sun stroke and heat exhaustion are real dangers and can be fatal – when temperatures in the Coachella Valley soar, move some of the festivities indoors and keep hydrated and as cool as possible.
For more tips on staying safe and comfortable this summer, and for all your indoor Palm Springs air conditioning needs, Call the General! We’ll be happy to perform AC maintenance, air conditioning repair in the Palm Springs area, and new HVAC installations – contact us using our brief contact form today.