Category : summer

Don’t Miss These Signs of Dehydration

beach dehydration

Temperatures have been on the rise and you’ve probably been feeling the effects of the hot summer sun lately. Maybe you’ve coped with it by escaping to the beach or going for a swim in a backyard pool; while these are great ways to cool off, you still run the risk of becoming dehydrated while outside. Take some tips from our air conditioning service experts (who often have to be outside for hours in the heat) and don’t miss these signs of dehydration:

  • Increased thirst
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
    • Sweating can only help you cool off for some time. When your body runs low on water, it won’t produce sweat and your skin will become dry.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Decreased frequency of urination
  • Urine that is more yellow than usual
    • When your urine is clear or light in yellow coloring, it means you are hydrated whereas urine that is very yellow is a sign that dehydration has set in.
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle cramps
    • When your body’s muscles don’t get enough water, they work harder and as a result, tend to cramp up.
  • Weakness
  • Food cravings
    • Dehydration makes it hard for your body to get and distribute the right amount of nutrients. In response to that, you may begin craving something sweet or salty.

If you experience any of these symptoms, drink fluids like water or juice as soon as possible. To prevent dehydration, make sure you drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after activities and especially if you’re in the sun or hot weather for long periods of time. Also keep snacks on hand that are high in water content (such as fruits or vegetables) and avoid alcohol, as alcohol tends to quicken dehydration.


5 More Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

 

HVAC systems help regulate home humidity levels

A couple summers ago, we gave you 5 Ways to Stay Cool, which included eating ice cream and cooling your veins. Well, we’re approaching the peak of summer and so far, it’s been a decently hot one. Our cooling service specialists have a few more suggestions you can try in order to keep yourself refreshed:

1) Freeze your sheets

Before going to bed, pack your sheets into a big plastic bag and stick the bag in the freezer for a few minutes. Then, put the sheets back on your bed and climb in. The sheets won’t stay cold all night, but it’ll be a great way to fall asleep.

2) Keep the sun out

During the day, keep your blinds and curtains closed to block out the sun. You’ll find that your rooms stay much cooler when the sun isn’t beating in through the windows. Open them back up once the sun goes down.

3) Make fan air cooler

If you use standing fans (as opposed to ceiling fans), place a metal bowl full of salted ice in front of them to make their blowing air even cooler. Then, place your fans (and bowls of ice) on opposite sides of the room to create a cross-breeze. The more fans, the cooler the room will be.

4) Water your feet

If you want to stay cool at night, dunk your feet in cold water for a few minutes befor eyou go to bed. Your feet and ankles contain several pulse points that help control your body temperature and by cooling them down, you’ll cool yourself down.

5) Hang a wet sheet

Instead of putting your sheets in the dryer, hang them in front of an open window. When the breeze flows in, it’ll take the coolness of the sheet with it and will help to cool down your room.

Have some other ways to stay cool during the summer? We’d love to hear them!


Insulation Can Help in the Summertime, Too

Attic insulation

When you think of home insulation, you probably think about it keeping you warm in the winter time. The truth is, the right home insulation is a great way to keep you cool in the summertime, too.

In the Northeast, there’s a certain insulation standard that homes need to embrace in order to be energy efficient; while we do spend much of the year keeping ourselves warm in cold weather, this standard also applies to keeping cool in hot weather. You may have an air conditioning system that cools your home efficiently, but pairing it with insulation can make it work even better.

During the summertime, drafty areas of your home can let your cold air out and let hot outdoor air in. This means that your air conditioning system has to work harder (and therefore undergo more stress) in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It also means that you’re paying more to keep your system going. With the proper insulation, however, you’ll get rid of those drafty areas and keep your cold air inside, where it should be.

Insulation will also help shield the inside of your home from the heat of the sun rays that beam down on it (also referred to as emission) and will help absorb any excess heat caused by convection (heat in the air caused by things like hair dryers, cooking, etc.). With a cooler home, you’ll be able to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’re not sure whether your home is properly insulated, call our insulation service experts. We’ll set up an appointment to assess your home and determine your situation. If we find that your home needs more insulation (which is often the case in older homes), we install a variety of insulation materials, including:

  • Spray foam
  • Blown-in
  • Blown fiberglass
  • Cellulose
  • Injection foam
  • Rigid foam
  • Radiant barrier

We’ll help you choose the best type for your home. Give us a call today at 1-877-757-1141 to get started.


We Need Water; Good, Good Water (A Safety Sean Update)

Hello All,

Here is the third edition of our summer series.  This post is long and contains a lot of helpful information that should remind us how to hydrate properly.  It will be hot again so remember these tips and information to keep yourself safe during the summer months. 

Your body depends on water for survival. Did you know that water makes up more than half of your body weight? Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you exercise, or if you have a fever.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

Most people have been told they should be drinking 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. If you are concerned that you may not be drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:

Water is the best option for staying hydrated. There are other drinks and foods that can help provide the water you need, but some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Drinks like fruit and vegetable juices, milk and herbal teas can contribute to the amount of water you should get each day. Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, tomatoes and lettuce, and in soup broths.

For most people, water is all that is needed to maintain good hydration. However, if you are planning on exercising at a high intensity for longer than an hour, a sports drink may be helpful because it contains carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar. A sports drink can also help replace electrolytes if you have a fever, have been vomiting or have had diarrhea. Choose sports drinks wisely, as they are often high in calories from sugar and may contain high levels of sodium. Energy drinks usually contain large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants (for example, guarana or taurine) that your body doesn’t need. Most of these drinks are also high in sugar..

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle and filling it from the tap rather than purchasing bottled water, which is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste.
  • If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
  • Start and end your day with a glass of water.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight loss plan, as some research suggests drinking water will help you feel full.
  • Drink on a schedule if you have trouble remembering to drink water. For example, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s free!

Stay Safe!
– Safety Sean


The Song Says “My Brown-Eyed Girl,” Not “My Sun-Blind Girl” (A Safety Sean Update)

Good Afternoon All,

Today we have the 2nd part of our summer health issue on the effects of the sun, which describes the damage that occurs to the eyes after overexposure to the sun. This information and more can be found on the Livestrong web site which is www.livestrong.com.

How the Sun Damages Our Eyes

Most people know that the sun may cause skin cancer or dark liver spots that appear on the skin with age and lather on sunscreen while working in the yard or playing on the beach. This benefits your skin and overall health, but learning to protect your eyes from the sun will help keep them healthy as well.

Surface Damage

People who have frequent or excessive exposure to direct sunlight have a greater risk of developing growths on the surface of the eye, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A pinguecula forms on the white of the eye, and these growths have a thick, fibrous appearance. Both types of growths may cause irritation, especially if they grow onto the cornea, the front of the eye. If a pinguecula or pteryguim grows to an extent that it causes pain or changes in vision, an eye surgeon may have to remove the growth.

Cataracts

The natural lens of the eye plays an important role in good vision. As a part of natural aging the lens may turn yellow and harden, a condition known as cataracts. The aging process of the eye speeds up with frequent sun exposure. Doctors can remove cataracts easily with surgery, though slowing down the aging process may reduce the need for cataract surgery.

Macular Degeneration

The retina lines the back of the eye, and is made of light sensitive nerves that relay visual images to the brain. The macula is a spot on the retina with the responsibility for clear central vision. If the macula has damage the central vision turns blurry, a condition called macular degeneration. People who have frequent sun exposure may develop macular degeneration, and according to the Wisconsin Dept of Health Services, exposure to sunlight may accelerate the condition.

Prevention

Anyone who works or spends a number of hours outside each day should wear sunglasses, preferably with ultraviolet protection in the lenses, recommends the U.S. EPA. Hats that shade the face and eyes will also help prevent sun damage to the eyes. Children can contract damage from the sun, so they should wear hats and gloves as well. This prevents immediate damage, but will also encourage them to protect their eyes as they get older.

Warnings

Staring directly into the sun can damage the cornea or the retina, possibly causing permanent vision loss. Reflections from the water, snow or other surfaces can also increase the risks of sun damage to the eye. Wear sun glasses and eye protecting hats, even on cloudy days since ultraviolet rays cause damage even when the sun is not out.

SAFETY: The More You Know The Less It Hurts

Until next time,

Safety Sean