I have it on good authority that some instruction is needed on how to properly handle “excessive heat.”
I kid you not, I’ve seen those exact words on a weather warning. And to those of you who just thought, keep hydrated and wear light clothes, um yeah, keep reading.
Now of course ideally you will have some sort of air circulating device installed, maybe more than one depending on the size of your house. If you are very fortunate, you may even have central air, in which case you need not read further. But right now I wish to speak to those of you who only have one or two fans that really only push around the hot air. If that is your situation, here are some good tips to keep in mine.

  • no running around.
  • These are not the days you want to be running around the house moving the furniture or finally tackling that cleaning project you’ve been wanting to get to. I don’t care how many bottles of water you consume, this is heat and you need to stop that immediately.

  • Do nothing.
  • Taking this one step further if you can, it would be very beneficial to both your health and sanity to find a nice activity where you can be still. Not only should you not be running around, but if it really is extreme heat, you really shouldn’t even be moving around too much. I would suggest something like reading a book or listening to music or even watching TV. This is my official declaration for you to veg out. Seriously.

  • No sleeping
  • Okay, I know this one probably makes no sense to you. I’m sure you’re thinking that sleeping would be a perfect activity when you should be doing nothing. Or perhaps you think I really mean no sleep at all … silly you. Here’s the thing though, you sweat more in your sleep. So if you live where high heat means extreme humidity like me, waking up from what you might have thought was a pleasant nap to escape the heat may turn out not to be so pleasant when you find yourself all sticky.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, none of that really had anything to do with AC. True, so here’s the part that does.
When you have an AC, it’s first a good idea to determine where in your house to put it. This will in large part depend on the size and type of your AC. If you wish to simulate central air and can afford multiple ACs in your home, go right ahead and do it.
The AC is a wonderful thing to have and if you don’t have one, I highly recommend you run out and get one–unless of course it’s 95 degrees out, then you should probably walk. There are however some things an AC cannot nor should it be expected to do.
For example, do not turn on your bedroom AC and expect your room to feel cool and refreshing if you leave the door open. One AC will not cool off the whole house, but if you leave doors open everywhere, it might try.
Secondly, Please do not stand directly in front of your AC and complain that everywhere else is too hot when you move away from it. Seriously? I’m not even sure that deserves a “duh.”
Thirdly, No heat is extreme enough to recreate winter. Granted I personally love winter, but but there is no reason to make your house or bedroom feel below zero just because you can’t stand anything over 79.
And lastly, if other people are sharing your air conditioned room, please respect them and their temperature needs. Heat is a terrible time to get upset about anything.

So now you know, and I hope you take these tips to heart, because unless your day was so bad that it is going to actually ruin your life, it is no excuse to come home and start a fight with your roommate because you are hot. You will get no sympathy from me.

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