Our house can reach very high temperatures in summer. If you do not have air conditioning, when a heat wave arrives, you should follow some tips to make it more bearable. In the next space, we detail what to do to survive a heat wave.
How can a heat wave affect us if you do not have air conditioning?
To be able to identify the effects of heat, we must be alert to sunstroke, cramps, dehydration, the aggravation of health problems that are already suffering.
You must be alert especially to heat stroke because when it occurs, the body is not able to regulate its temperature and the following symptoms are observed:
- Warm, red and dry skin.
- Nausea and intense thirst.
- Drowsiness or aggression.
- Loss of consciousness and convulsions.
When this happens, the affected person must be transferred to a health center.
Tips for dealing with a heat wave
During the days of a heat wave, if you do not have air conditioning, you should refresh yourself whenever you need it. Also, you should protect yourself from direct exposure to the sun. Also, try to avoid physical efforts in the hottest hours.
On the other hand, adapt your activities to the new situation. Take care of the elderly and the little ones, since they are the two parts of the population most susceptible to the effects of a heat wave.
Other tips that will come in handy are:
- Stay as long as possible in cool, shaded or heated places.
- Avoid exposure to the sun in the central hours of the day (from 12 to 17 hours). As well as prolonged exposures or sleeping in the sun.
- Properly protects the skin, head, and eyes with clothing, hats or caps, and sunglasses.
What to do to survive a heat wave if you do not have air conditioning?
Remove unnecessary sources of heat
It is important not to generate more heat than what already enters our house. For this, we must turn off or move away from the electrical equipment when we are not using them and turn off the unnecessary lights.
Light bulbs are another source of heat generation. As much as possible, avoid igniting them or, at least, not all at the same time, and use low-power or LED.
Keep the blinds down and the curtains closed
If in the early morning the atmosphere of the street is fresh, you can open the windows to renew the air. When the sun and temperatures rise, it is advisable to close the windows and lower the blinds. If you have a balcony, it may be good to open an awning to prevent the sun’s rays.
Use a fan and ice
With a fan, ice, and salt you can get a homemade substitute for traditional air conditioning. To do this place a metal bowl with ice and salt in front of a fan.
Generates light air currents
Those windows through which the air exits must open completely. On the contrary, the windows through which the air enters must be opened only a little. In this case, they should be the ones that give to inner courtyards, where the air is lower.
In this way, we manage to generate natural air currents in the house, entering through a window and leaving through another.
The ceiling fan
Ceiling fans should be regulated before and after summer. With the arrival of the warmer months, you have to program the fan to turn counterclockwise. Thus, it will push down a current of air capable of cooling the environment.
Reduces environmental humidity
Avoid cooking meals that need a lot of time, emit heat and water vapor that contribute to creating a suffocating environment. The water that evaporates in the bathroom and the clothes hanging inside also carry the atmosphere and rob us of freshness.
Hands and feet in cold water
When you see that your temperature rises, immerse the dolls in cold water for a few minutes. Do the same with your feet and also refresh your face and nape. This can help you relieve the sensation of heat.
In conclusion, to survive a heat wave …