As energy costs rise and temperatures become even more extreme in all parts of the country, it becomes more and more expensive to stay comfortable during the cold months of winter and the hot months of summer. Despite the expense, it’s important to find relief from the extreme outdoor temperatures when you enter the comfort of your home or office.
Dangers of Extreme Weather
If you’re fighting the rising costs of energy and attempting to relieve the pressure on your HVAC unit, consider the dangers of both extreme cold and heat before you hit the off button on your system.
Extreme heat can lead to severe discomfort, and also to several serious illnesses:
- Heat stroke occurs when the body is no longer able to control its temperature, and is the most serious of illnesses related to extreme heat. An actual stroke can occur is temperature is not controlled, and permanent damage to the organs is common when left untreated.
- Heat cramps are often triggered in a hot environment, and are characterized by inadequate fluid intake while working in extreme weather.
- Heat exhaustion is caused by either salt or water depletion and is common in athletes. The body is unable to cool itself down in extremely warm temperatures.
- Heat rash is common in infants, and occurs when the sweat glands are blocked, and appears in the form of small red bumps on the skin.