Last year's summer was the warmest on record for New York City, and this July's heat wave turned out to be the City’s longest stretch of heat in more than a decade, with evening temperatures failing to dip below 80.
There are certainly more heat waves to come, which means the potential for medical emergencies . The last 12 years were among the 13 warmest on record worldwide.
So how can you beat the inevitable heat, avoid heat exhaustion , and maybe even save money and natural resources? Here are some easy, free or low-cost tips:
- Set your thermostat to 78. Go higher if the humidity is low
- Wear short-sleeved, loose clothing both outdoors and indoors.
- Avoid dehydration . Drink lots of water or other cold drinks without alcohol or caffeine.
- Run cold water over pulse points. Cold water should be run over your wrist for a minute or so. Even splashing water on your temples may produce the same cooling effect.
- Draw your drapes to keep heat from getting inside in the first place.
- Turn off unnecessary heat-producing devices like incandescent lights or electronic devices when not in use.
- Use the microwave. Conventional cooking dumps heat in the house, but microwaves cook the food directly.
- Run your air conditioner fan on low to help dehumidify your home.
- Install ceiling fans. Fans move body heat away from you and provide evaporative cooling as you sweat.
- Replace your air-conditioning filters and clean filters in window units every month.
- Shade your air conditioner. If your A/C is in full sun, it's working harder than it needs to. Don't obstruct the air flow.
- Check your weather stripping and caulk leaky door frames.