Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
Being without your air conditioner in the middle of a hot summer is no fun, at all. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. If your air conditioner has gone out during a heat spell, it may be days before your repair technician can get out to fix it. During this time, it's important that you protect yourself and your family from things like heat exhaustion, which can occur if you spend too much time inside a hot house. Here are some simple ways to protect yourself from heat exhaustion.
Drink Lots of Water
As soon as your air conditioner stops working, you'll want to start loading up on the water. Once you start sweating, your body will lose valuable fluids. However, if you keep drinking water, your body will stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will also reduce your internal temperature, which will keep you feeling cooler.
Avoid Alcoholic Beverages
As the temperatures rise inside your home, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. If water isn't your favorite thing to drink, you can switch to sports drinks. However, drinking alcohol in the heat can actually speed up your dehydration, which can increase the chances of developing heat exhaustion.
A quick way to cool down is to get yourself wet. Take a cool shower, or spritz yourself off with a spray bottle filled with water. To increase the cooling benefit of water, place a portable fan in the room, spray yourself with water and stand in front of the fan. The air from the fan will cool the water down, which will lower your body temperature.
Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
Your first instinct may be to remove as many of your clothes as possible. However, removing your clothing means that more of the heat is going to be able to radiate into your body. Instead of taking off your clothes, trade your heavy clothes for loose-fitting cotton clothing. You'll feel cooler and you'll sweat less.
Use an Ice Pack
Place an ice pack on the back of your neck or on the top of your head. The ice will lower your temperature and help you cool down quickly. If you don't have ice, there are a couple of ways you can make your own.
Freeze a Wash Cloth
This is a quick way to cool down. All you have to do is soak a wash cloth in cold water, and wring it out. Place the cloth in the freezer for a few minutes. Once the cloth is nearly frozen, remove it from the freezer and place it on your neck or head. Repeat as often as necessary to cool down.
Homemade Ice Packs
This is a quick and simple way to make your own ice packs. You'll only need a few ingredients that you probably already have at home.
Supplies You'll Need
Gallon-size sealable plastic baggies
Blue food coloring
Add 4 drops of blue food coloring.
Seal the baggie – remove as much of the air as possible while sealing.
Place the baggie in the freezer for a few hours.
You can reuse this homemade ice pack as often as needed.
Don't let a broken air conditioner leave you miserable. Use these simple tricks to cool down and avoid heat exhaustion.
You have can the chances of sudden mechanical issues during the summer by having your air conditioner inspected twice a year. If you haven't yet, call a company like Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services to have your air conditioner inspected before a summer heatwave strikes.