Triple-digit summertime temperatures are a fact of life here in Texas.
Heat can be a killer if you’re not careful. Here are some ideas to keep your house and yourself cool:
Be careful about exercising or doing a lot of activities when it is hot.
Stay out of the sun, take frequent breaks, drink water often, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Dress for the weather. Loose-fitting, light colored cotton clothes are cooler than dark colors or synthetic fabrics.
In the morning, close up your house and draw blinds and drapes so the house stays darker and thus cooler.
If you have window blinds, close them or angle them upwards. That way, light is reflected up and into the room and direct rays of the sun are not let in.
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home and 85 degrees when you are away.
For the infants, elderly, and those who have trouble maintaining body temperatures (such as diabetics), set your thermostat lower (72 to 75 degrees) when you are home.