In some areas, the summer season is a welcomed event. However, if you live in a location where the summer temperatures rise so dramatically that you can hardly enjoy the sunshine, you may be dreading the change in seasons. Unfortunately, high temperatures can bring about a lot of extra concerns for you and your family, especially if you have an elderly family member who lives alone. The fact is, aging seniors can be more vulnerable to having heat strokes and heat-related illnesses than most. To ensure you elderly loved one is safe and comfortable through the hot summer where you live, there are a few things you can do.
Have your elderly family member's HVAC system checked before summer starts.
This is a task that may get neglected by an elderly homeowners simply because they don't think to do it or they may not be able to afford a service call because of a limited income. To make sure your loved one has air conditioning in their home that will be reliable through the summer, it is best to have an HVAC technician come to the home for a quick checkup, even if it means you have to pay to have it done. Doing this will allow you and your family member to catch any problems before the heat settles in so your loved one is not suddenly left without air conditioning.
Make sure your loved one has fans for air circulation in the house.
In some areas, the temperatures can soar well over 100 degrees, which can make it harder on some HVAC systems or a basic window air unit to efficiently keep the house at a cool temperature. This is especially true if your loved one's air unit is pretty old and dated. As an added measure of safety, make sure they have a few fans available in the house so they can better circulate air when the temperatures get really high.
Check in on your elderly loved one frequently during the hottest days.
Elderly individuals often don't realize how hot their body temperature is because their circulatory system doesn't function as well as someone who is younger. Because of this, they may not even realize just how hot they are getting and may even feel cool when they are actually sweating because of the heat. Furthermore, some elderly individuals will turn their AC off to save money or forget to turn it on. Just make sure you check on your family member frequently during the hottest days of the summer to ensure they have their air and fans on and are drinking plenty of water.
Contact a HVAC company, like Soco Air Conditioning, for more help.
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