Comfort Systems Aren’t Just About Convenience. They Save Lives.
In the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we’ve all been glued to our television screens watching the brave responders and courageous survivors struggle against the elements. The overwhelming national outpouring of support and volunteer efforts has been so heartening to see in these times, reminding us once again of the American penchant for great generosity and caring, no matter what our differences.
And since we’re in the air conditioning industry, we’ve also been struck by the importance of opens in a new windowHVAC systems not just for plain old comfort, but for overall health as well.
Air Conditioning Keeps Those at Risk for Temperature Stress Safe
Did you know that senior citizens do not adjust as well to temperature extremes than younger people? No only are they more likely to become dangerously dehydrated during a heat event, but frequently older adults have chronic health conditions that can affect normal physical responses to hot weather.
Many common medications prescribed to seniors can also affect how well their bodies can regulate internal temperature. The ability to sweat may be compromised, while any degenerative cognitive condition may prevent them from recognizing their own increasing discomfort.
Dangerous Heat Waves Require Smart HVAC Solutions
As researchers have demonstrated in studying the 1995 Chicago heat wave and other high temperature events, air conditioning is a must for the elderly and anyone else with cardiovascular disease or a compromised immune system. Many hot weather deaths are not only preventable, but could have been easily avoided with the right HVAC equipment.
There’s a reason why immediately after the events in Houston, rescuers and community organizers began to search desperately for shelter facilities with working air conditioning systems to accommodate the thousands of now homeless families and displaced invalids. It wasn’t just to keep them comfortable, but to keep them alive.
Air Conditioning Helps People with Respiratory Problems
Like so many Hurricane Harvey survivors, do you or someone you love suffer sinus problems, breathing issues or even asthma as a result of mold, allergen or particulate exposure? Studies have shown that the long-term presence of these allergens can not only affect your breathing, but also lower your immune system’s strength over time.
Don’t take a chance with your health or that of your loved ones. Many HVAC systems today offer the kind of opens in a new windowair filtration and sanitizer options that allergy sufferers of past decades could only dream about. Talk to your Air-Tro consultant today about smart ways to reduce your exposure to dangerous outdoor irritants coming inside your home. Today’s HVAC technology means better health and better breathing for everyone!
Life is precious. Remember to let your loved ones know how you feel about them, every day of every year. Be kind whenever possible. And if you or a loved one is at risk, call your friendly HVAC professional today for the cost effective solutions that will not only improve your health, but perhaps save yours or the life of a loved one during a heat wave.
Oh, and one final takeaway. Don’t forget to give generously to opens in a new windowHouston relief efforts. If anyone needs some indoor comfort lately, it’s them.
Need help determining which HVAC system is right for you? Call Air-Tro today at (626)357-3535.