One way to reduce the risk of heat-related illness is to install patio covers. This article will explore the benefits of installation.
Why Should You Install Patio Covers?
Why should you install patio covers? The first reason is due to Arizona’s extreme weather. Arizona can have several months with high temperatures. While humidity isn’t as big of an issue here, it can still be more than uncomfortable. It can also be a risk to your health, in the form of heat-related illness.
According to WebMD: “Prolonged or intense exposure to hot temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke (also known as sun stroke). As your body works to cool itself under extreme or prolonged heat, blood rushes to the surface of your skin. As a result, less blood reaches your brain, muscles, and other organs. This can interfere with both your physical strength and your mental capacity, leading, in some cases, to serious danger. By reducing excessive exposure to high temperatures and taking other precautionary steps, most heat-related illnesses can be avoided. Those who work in hot or humid environments — such as manufacturing plants, bakeries, or construction sites during summer months — are most at risk. However, even long, hot afternoons at the beach can pose problems if warning signs are ignored. With prompt treatment, most people recover completely from heat-related illness. However, heat stroke can be deadly if not properly managed. [READ MORE]
One way to reduce the risk of heat stroke is the simple and expedient method of getting under shade. While being indoors at the hottest parts of the day, with either a cooling unit, air conditioner, or other cooling unit is best, even patio covers can reduce your risk of heat-related illness. You want to make sure that if you are elderly, on certain medications, or have conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you want to stay out of the sun too, and a patio cover is a good compromise. However, it isn’t just for the outside that installing patio covers can make a difference.
Patio Covers Affect the Inside Too
How can a solid patio cover that’s installed on the outside of your home help to keep you healthy in your home? One factor in different types of disease is when the body has to adjust too rapidly to changes in temperature. It can affect your sinuses, your blood pressure, and even more. Patio covers are either made of aluminum, or are painted in lighter colors which help to reflect heat away from the home. As a result, your home stays cooler as do you.
So remember, be careful this time of year. Keep your exposure to the heat down to a minimum. One of the best ways that also adds value to your home is to install patio covers today.
For more information on reducing your risk of heat-related illness, be sure to read part two of this series as well.
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