Managing the Heat of the Sun Valley
Many people who move to Phoenix or other areas in the Southwest are not prepared for the extreme heat they will encounter. Though it is dry heat without the uncomfortable humidity of other regions of the country, temperatures can regularly reach 100 degrees during the summer months. Follow these few tips to avoid over heating as well as excessive air conditioning bills.
- Drink Watera lot of water: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but there’s good reason for that. Staying hydrated is your number one defense against heat stroke or exhaustion. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, by that point you have already reached some level of dehydration. Stay ahead of the game and drink water constantly throughout the day.
- Avoid the sun in the heat of the day: The hours of 11a.m. to 3p.m. are when the sun is at its highest point, producing the most intense heat. Try to spend as much of this time indoors as you can, and definitely avoid strenuous exercise during these hours.
- Wear light clothing: While dark clothes absorb heat and sunlight, lighter clothes deflect it, and can help keep your body temperature down. Wearing a light-colored hat is also a good way to avoid harmful effects of the sun.
- Maintain a healthy air conditioning system: With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, you’ll be using your AC very liberally. Having your system checked on an annual basis and replacing filters regularly will ensure it is running efficiently.
- Plant trees around the house: You can save on some energy costs by increasing shade cover, which will result in cooler indoor temperatures. This is also advantageous for outdoor activities, as you will definitely need a shady place to rest after any amount of physical activity outside.