Jul 19, 2016
Heat and High Temperatures in Arizona
Summer is in full swing, and Arizona boasts some of the hottest places in the United States. The hottest inhabited community in the US is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Phoenix is considered just below Miami for the hottest city in the nation. However, while Miami has a higher year-round mean temperature, Phoenix’s heat is more extreme: it has higher daily average temperatures, with the most days of the year (107 days!) above 99 degrees. With summer temperatures throughout Arizona reaching into the triple digits, desert dwellers need to think creatively to adapt to the extreme heat.
Stay Cool--Inside and Out!
Most people avoid being outdoors as much as possible in extreme Arizona heat, especially during the afternoon, which is the hottest part of the day. Be sure your home and vehicle’s air conditioning in in good order with regular preventative maintenance, and make your home as energy efficient as possible with some of these tips. During high heat days, staying inside with a cool refreshment and a good book or playing indoor games are ways to relax in the extreme temps. For those who lack air conditioning or who just want to get out of the house, plan to spend the hottest part of the day at an indoor pool, shopping mall, library, or movie theater.
For those who love being outdoors even in the summer, conduct outdoor activities like walking, fishing, and boating very early in the day or later in the evening. Park under shade whenever you can. Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle on a warm day, even for one minute. Have water with you at all times, and don’t engage in outdoor work or activities alone on heat emergency days. Make sure your vehicle’s battery has enough life in it to make it through the summer, as high heat depletes battery power. Know the signs of and how to treat the various forms of heat-related illness.
A Note on High Heat, Roofs, and Home Temperature
High heat and glaring sun cause roofing materials to degrade at a fast rate. Regular roof maintenance is important in order to catch any problems, such as cracks that can lead to damaging leaks in monsoon season.
Roofing materials, venting systems, and energy-efficient tiles make a big difference in home temperature, as well as how hard a home’s cooling system has to work. The air between a home’s roof and its attic will become ultra-heated in high summer temperatures, trapping a layer of hot air inside. A vent system pulls hot air out of the attic and release it outside, keeping the entire home cooler, which allows the air conditioning system to run more efficiently.
Dry Plus Roofing LLC is a Valley-wide roofing contractor in Phoenix, Arizona. We are family-owned and operated, as well as Better Business Bureau-accredited with an A+ rating. Call (602) 493-2282 today for a free, honest estimate!