For seniors, the summer heat can be deadly. Do you have an aging loved one who shouldn't be exposed to high temperatures or humidity? Here, you'll find a few tips to help keep them cool this summer.
Maintain and Repair Existing Systems
Are there currently any air conditioning systems in the home? If so, before you worry about replacing it, contact your local air conditioning professional to have the system inspected. There's always a possibility that the existing unit could be fixed for less money than buying a replacement would take. If not, the technician can let you know that the unit is no good and is ready to be hauled away for scrap.
Consider Portable Units
Portable air conditioning units are more affordable now than they ever were. Not only are they more affordable to buy, but they are more affordable to operate because they are far more efficient than they used to be.
Window units can be installed in most windows, but if the window opens outward instead of upward, it could require some extra building materials to build a mount and remove the window entirely.
Another modern option is free-standing portable units. These units don't have to be mounted inside the window. They come with a long flexible hose that you stick out a window or into a vent to carry the warm, moist air that the unit produces out of the house. This type of unit can easily be moved from one room to another, so if your loved one spends his or her days in the living room and nights in bed, only a single unit can be used in both places — you won't have to purchase a second unit.
Utilize Senior Care Facilities
When the temperatures soar, lots of communities have senior care facilities that open up to the public as cooling centers. Elderly and sick folks can go to the facility and spend the day watching television, reading books, playing games, or just socializing with the others in the community. This can be beneficial in many ways, but most importantly, you won't have to worry about your loved one suffering a heat stroke while you're at work for the day.
Talk with the air conditioning professionals near you. They'll help you come up with a plan to keep your loved one cool without breaking the budget that you have. Hopefully, these ideas will help you protect your loved one throughout these hot summer months.
For more information on air conditioning, contact an HVAC contractor near you.