Virginia Beach, along with the entire Hampton Roads region, is known for hot and humid summers. To those with a functional a/c system, heat and humidity is fairly easy to endure. But what happens when your air conditioning breaks in the middle of a heat wave? What if your tiny portable air conditioning window unit just isn’t kicking out enough air to provide relief from the heat?
Many people underestimate the effects of overheating on the body, especially on the elderly, the sick, and the young. A-1 American Services, the leading HVAC company in Hampton Roads, understands the need for emergency A/C repair in these “Jamaican June” temperatures. Hot weather can be more than merely uncomfortable. Below are several complications arising from overexposure to high temperatures, coupled with or without our high humidity levels.
- Heat cramps: Exercising in hot weather can lead to muscle cramps, especially in the legs, because of brief imbalances in body salts. Cramps become less frequent as a person becomes used to the heat.
- Heat syncope or fainting: Anyone not used to exercising in the heat can experience a quick drop in blood pressure that can lead to fainting. As with heat cramps, the cure is to take it easy.
- Heat exhaustion: Losing fluid and salt through perspiration or replacing them in an imbalanced way can lead to dizziness and weakness. Body temperature might rise, but not above 102 degrees. In some cases victims, especially the elderly, should be hospitalized. Heat exhaustion is more likely after a few days of a heat wave than when one is just beginning. The best defense is to take it easy and drink plenty of water. Don’t take salt tablets without consulting a physician.
- Heatstroke: In some cases extreme heat can upset the body’s thermostat, causing body temperature to rise to 105 degrees or higher. Symptoms are lethargy, confusion and unconsciousness. Even a suspicion that someone might be suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical aid. Heatstroke can kill.
The Heat Index was established to better identify the way the body interacts with heat, taking into account much than just temperature. Humidity is they amount of water vapor held by the air. Humidity can make it feel much hotter than it is, because high humidity levels restrict your body’s natural way of fighting heat: sweating. For example, when the temperature is 90 degrees F, with very high humidity levels, the air will “feel” like its 105 degrees F. With high heat indexes expected this summer, A-1 American Services wants to remind and re-assure people who are struggling with sudden loss of air conditioning that we take your problem very seriously. Our technicians can be dispatched quickly to your home for emergency a/c repair in Virginia Beach or anywhere else in Hampton Roads. While our stocked work trucks speed to your home, it is advisable to use the fast, free cooling techniques described here until A-1 American arrives. In a worst case scenario, someone in your family has already had a heat stroke. The following image details the procedures necessary to aid a heat stroke victim. A-1 American Services never charges overtime for your home’s emergency a/c repair. We are a premier heating and air conditioning company that extends its reach to all of Hampton Roads. With over 27 years of experience, so we can fix your air conditioner in a very timely manner, and we try to dispatch technicians even more quickly when it’s for an emergency repair.
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A-1 American provides air conditioning, heating and plumbing services to homes and businesses in the Hampton Roads Virginia cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News and Hampton and north into Williamsburg. A-1 American provides emergency service and repair, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. A-1 American charges by the job, not by the hour. A-1 American prides itself on immediate response, punctuality, courtesy and customer satisfaction. Call today 757-425-2400