Beating Back the August Heat

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Hot enough for ya? Yeah, I’m sweating buckets too, as a home inspection company, we spend plenty of time outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold, like it or not.  Here in North Texas, we are at the peak of our yearly heat wave.  I guess that is just the price we pay for enjoying relatively mild winters. If you have to get some stuff done outside in the heat, or if you are a glutton for punishment, here are some tips we use to ease the misery.

Drink Plenty of WATER

Obviously, you’re going to be hot and, yes, sweat; you’ve got to replace the fluid in your body when outside. Soda, coffee, tea, alcohol, or energy drinks can actually do more harm than good due to the dehydrating effects of caffeine and alcohol.  It’s also a good idea to start drinking extra water a few days before you need to be outdoors, because like me, you’re probably not drinking enough anyway. 

Sports drinks are ok, but are typically about replacing sugars and electrolytes, and can be expensive. An alternative to them is eating fruits such as watermelon. If its cold, it can be pretty refreshing too!

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Take LOTS of Breaks

Accept the fact that it’s going to take longer to accomplish anything outside right now. 

You are moving slower than usual, even if you don’t realize it. 

Try to break up jobs into smaller tasks and take breaks in the shade or in the air conditioning. While you are resting, rehydrate.

Wear Light Weight and Light Colored Clothing

Lighter colors reflect sunlight better. Lightweight fabrics breathe better and help to keep all that sweat that you make evaporate more easily.  Wear a hat! Keep that sun off of your head and out of your eyes. Liberally apply sweat resistant sunscreen.

Cool Your Body Down

A towel soaked in ice water and applied to the back of the neck can quickly cool you off. This works well even if you’re just simply hot and tired.  We use special towels designed to retain their cooling properties longer.  

You could also use an ice vest, these can reduce your core temperature by several degrees, but does require a bit of planning.  A.K.A you need to remember to put the ice pouches back in the freezer.   

Use Your Head

Work when it’s not so hot outside; early in the morning, or late in the evening. Work at night if you can. Work in the shade. Buy or build an awning, use a beach umbrella, misting fans, (don’t build your own here), etc.  Remember the axiom to “Work smarter, not harder”.

As for me, I’m just going to wait until October…

Kelly Lamont
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Kelly Lamont

As a self proclaimed Jack of All Trades, Kelly has a background in architecture and construction science with forays into mechanics, machining and motorsports. Kelly lives in Collin County with his wife of 24 years, and is currently working towards his professional real estate inspector license.

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