Extremely warm weather in the tropics is a given. Riviera Maya is no exception. Spending a great day on the beach, laying under a palm tree, enjoying the Caribbean breezes, taking cool dips can be the norm for such dynamic climate. But certain times of the day during the hottest months, people need to escape the high temperatures. If you are an inexperienced traveler, have younger children or are an older adult, you need to be aware of the dangers of heat and sunstroke. When retreating from the days heat, there are ways in keeping the Caribbean heat out of your home.
It all starts first thing in the morning
We all like our morning sun. If your home has a northern or western exposure, welcoming the morning light can be a great start of the day. However, if your home faces the southern or eastern hemisphere, you might want to considered closing the drapes and/or shutters during the morning and/or afternoon hours. During the night your home usually cools down to a comfortable temperature. The air inside will stay cooler for a longer period if the sun doesn’t penetrate through uncovered windows and sliders.
Fans can offer some relief
Fans and dehumidifiers can offer some relief if they are used properly. Ceiling fans can keep the morning’s cool air circulating and at the same time, a dehumidifier can minimize humidity. Keep ceiling and other portable fans in areas that you spend the most time in. When the hottest part of the day arrives, you can turn on the air conditioner but keep the thermostats set at 79 or 80 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Air conditioning is one of the most obvious solutions. Utilizing air conditioning can drive utilities bills sky-high. However, there are times during the day when it is unavoidable. Keeping your electric bill within a reasonable amount and maintaining a comfortable temperature is don’t wait until your home is completely intolerable. Before the temperature reaches an unbearable level, set your AC’s thermostat to 80 and adjust from there. The air conditioner will work much harder trying to cool down a room that has reached the upper 80s versus the lower 80s.
Note: air conditioning will operate more efficiently if the filters are cleaned regularly, properly maintenance, and are operated at or below their capabilities – not setting the thermostat below 77 degrees.
Preventative measures that help to avoid the Caribbean heat
Here are a few more preventative measures that keep the Caribbean heat out of your house. Make sure the windows and door frames are sealed and the weather stripping isn’t peeling away. When running the air conditioner, keep doors closed to room(s) that are not being used.
Wearing appropriate clothing is a plus
It’s a known fact that clothing made from linen works best in warmer climates. It allows heat to escape from the body and wicks away moister much quicker than other fabrics. Wearing breathable shorts and footwear can also assist in keeping you comfortable during extreme heat.
In conclusion, using common sense will not only keep your home at a reasonable temperature, but your electric bill manageable. Besides the above-mentioned suggestions, keep yourself hydrated. Avoid consuming alcohol or heavy foods during periods of extreme heat. If you choose to take a dip in the pool, make sure you are aware that the water’s reflection enhances sunburns. Stay in the shade as much as possible and use sunscreen.
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