Most states have already experienced heatwaves this summer. Seniors are prone to dehydration and overheating during extreme heat. Here are four ways to make sure your dad keeps cool on the hottest days.
Close Windows and Keep Shades Drawn.
During the night when the air is cooler, run window fans to draw the cool air inside. As soon as someone is up, remove the fans, shut the windows, and close all the blinds. Keeping out the sun is an easy, affordable way to keep the house cool. Box fans will circulate the air throughout the morning and afternoon.
Run Air Conditioners When Necessary.
Air conditioners will keep your dad cool, but electricity bills will go up. Rather than avoiding them, use them when necessary. You can use the aforementioned trick to keep the house cool for the morning. Run air conditioners in the afternoon.
Look for Energy Star models that cycle. With these machines, they’ll turn off the condenser and only run fans when the room meets the temperature set on the thermostat.
If your dad’s windows won’t support an air conditioner, he may find in-room air conditioners are ideal. The unit vents the hot air through an exhaust hose and out a sealed window or patio door.
If he has the money to spare, there are great rebates on inverter air conditioner heat pump systems. These systems can heat or cool using less energy. They harness the heat in the inside or outside air and move it from one area or the other to heat or cool the inside of the home.
Keep Him Cool Through Wet Towels and Shirts.
A damp towel on the back of the neck or forehead will help your dad feel cooler. He could take his t-shirt and soak it in cool water. Squeeze it out and have him put it back on. That damp t-shirt will help him feel cooler for an hour or two.
Make Sure Someone Checks on Him.
If you can’t check on your dad regularly when it’s hot, hire home care services. Caregivers can drive your dad to air-conditioned stores or theaters. They can take him to a local pool. They can make sure air conditioning and fans are running. Your dad will also stay hydrated if someone’s reminding him it’s time to have a glass of water.