Summer, especially in the Southwest, can be blisteringly hot. A little preparation beforehand can make those triple digit temperatures easier to handle.
Check your filter: Air conditioners and whole house cooling fans usually have filters. It’s a good idea to check them before use. Some can be cleaned but others need to be replaced. This will prevent dust and pollen from blowing out of the vents along with the cooler air.
Check your fans: Whether it’s a ceiling fan or a portable version, check them for dust. If the fan is anywhere near the kitchen, check it for grease as well. I have done this and it can be a nasty job, but it increases the life expectancy of the fan.
Stock Up: Bottled water, sports drinks and juice boxes are helpful to maintain hydration. Remember, if you are thirsty you are probably already dehydrated. It might be hard to catch the kids long enough to get them to drink a bottle or glass of fluid but a juice box is fun and it doesn’t take long to drink. Water bottles can be refilled once before they are tossed into the recycling can.
Car Check Up: The last thing you need on a hot summer day is your car to overheat or the air conditioning to fail. Get a checkup and maybe an oil change before it heats up to prevent these problems.
Check for Water Restrictions: California is in a severe drought. Some cities and counties have already put restrictions in place and it is almost guaranteed those that haven’t will. You may end up with a dead lawn and a dirty car, but it’s a lot better than a ticket. Keep in mind that this is also wild fire season and the water used on your car or lawn could mean less water for firefighting.
Hot Cars: Please, never leave anything alive in your car after you turn the engine off. Pets, kids and elderly relatives may not be able to get out. Cracking the windows does not keep the car from turning into an oven.
Most cities and states now have laws both to punish those who leave animals or children in cars. They also have laws that protect passersby who rescue them from the heat. Don’t be surprised if you get back to your vehicle, find the windows smashed, what was in it turned over to the proper authorities and a cop waiting to handcuff you.
Preparing for summer takes almost as much time as preparing for winter. With these tips you may be able to handle the heat.