Our bodies have to constantly balance temperature, and you only have about 3 degrees Celsius flexibility on the heat inside your body before you are in serious trouble.
Here’s exactly what overheating does to your body, and why you need to keep your air conditioner in like-new shape so you don’t have to go even a day without the safety and comfort of your AC this summer.
It’s just a little warm
A few family members are over for a big dinner. You’re packed into the dining room and it’s a bit warm.
Your body temperature has bumped up to 37.5 or 37.8 degrees Celsius, and your body responds with two things:
- Your skin gets flushed. Your body is venting the heat through the blood vessles, and that results in a little redness.
- You start sweating. Your body is transferring heat from inside to outside by sweating drops of water, sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and more.
At around 38.5 degrees Celsius, things are starting to get really bad.
Your skin is probably hot to the touch, but you probably don’t have enough liquids in your body to sweat it out.
Because your temperature is abnormally high, your body has pushed as much blood to the surface of the skin as it can, and you start to lose water through evaporation. Your blood gets thick, and thicker blood increases your chances of stroke and heart attack.
You need two things:
- Cold surroundings.
- Water and water.
You’re slightly dizzy, maybe nauseous and definitely afraid. In fact, you’re close to losing consciousness.
About 2.5 degrees above normal
When your body temperature rises by just 2.5 degrees Celsius, your breathing and pulse skyrocket. You yawn over and over – it’s your brain forcing you to suck in cool air and stay conscious. If the air around you is as warm as you are (which it almost certainly is), the sweat you product won’t evaporate.
You should be drinking a lot of water and eating some salty snacks to replace what your body loses through sweat.
At 40 degrees Celsius
If you’re still conscious, you’re barely aware of what’s going on around you. Your body has no idea what to do.
Your body is so hot, if somebody nearby tries to cool you down with a cold wet towel, the towel will actually heat up and serve as an insulator, making you hotter.
Your organs have most likely suffered irreversible damage.
Anything higher than this and you’re certainly done for.
Heat is harder on children and people over 60
Your home needs to provide a reprieve from the heat for family and friends. If your air conditioner breaks down during the extreme heat:
- You risk severe overheating indoors.
- You’ll have to pay the elevated expense that comes with emergency repairs.
We’re happy to perform those emergency repairs, but we’d rather save you money by performing regular maintenance to keep your air conditioner in good shape. That way, you know it won’t break down when you need it most.
Keep your family safe by subscribing to a WeCare Maintenance Plan. It’s affordable and smart.