We’ve all experienced it at some point when working or playing hard – fatigue sets in, your mouth feels dry and your legs are heavy and you may even get a headache. These are all common signs of dehydration.
When you are working hard, body fluid is lost through sweat. If the fluid lost through sweat is not replaced, dehydration and early fatigue are unavoidable. Losing even 2% of body fluids (less than 3.5 pounds in a 180-pound person) can impair performance by increasing fatigue and affecting cognitive skills. During the summer heat it’s easy to become dehydrated if you don’t drink enough fluids to replace what is lost in sweat.
Dehydration can easily be prevented
- When to drink: Ensure you drink before you start working, trying to catch-up for lost fluids after a period of time is very difficult. Also, drink before you get thirsty. By the time you’re thirsty you are already dehydrated, so it’s important to drink at regular intervals – especially when it is hot outside.
- What to drink: Water is truly one of the best things to drink. Research also shows that a lightly flavored beverage with a small amount of sodium encourages people to drink enough to stay hydrated. The combination of flavor and electrolytes in a sports drink like Gatorade provides one of the best choices to help you stay properly hydrated.
- What not to drink: During activity, avoid drinks with high sugar content such as soda and even fruit juices. These are slow to absorb into the body. Also alcohol and caffeinated beverages should be avoided. Caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect; meaning that they may cause the need to urinate. Alcohol is even more of a diuretic; for every 1ml of alcohol drunk, urine excretion increases by as much as 10ml.
Many people ask how much to drink and that truly depends on your activity level and how much your body is losing fluids. In general, when you are working and sweating, you should drink at least every half-hour. Ensure you are drinking enough to replace your lost fluids.
Introducing our 7.5 to 10 ton wall mounted HVAC units
While Custom Air Products & Services, Inc. has always had a line of wall mount units available, it is only in the last few years that this product line has begun to create its own niche in this organization. “Custom built units have always been at the heart of our business,” pointed out CEO Taylor Norris, “and we have no intention of changing that. But we do recognize that there is room in our product line for standardized units, especially considering our expertise in customizing these units to meet the customer’s exact needs.”
The CAPS WPKV series of wall mount air conditioners come in sizes from 7.5 to 40 tons (this article is focused on units in the 7.5 to 10 ton range), are available for general purpose (unclassified) or explosion-proof locations, and with or without pressurization/chemical filtration. We also offer a wide range of additional options including corrosion resistant cabinet and/or coil coatings, stainless steel cabinet and frame options, copper/copper coils, 50 hertz operations, and more.
Cost Effective Maintenance = Return on Your Investment!
The list of HVAC equipment we work on includes but is not limited to all makes and models of:
- Air handling units.
- Roof top units.
- Split systems.
- Computer room units.
- Exhaust & make-up air units.
- Portable rental equipment.
- Refrigeration equipment.
- Ice machines.
- Building automation.
- EMS-energy mgmt systems.
- Air scrubbers.
- Air filtration systems and components.
- Water heaters.
- Plumbing systems and fixtures.
- Cooling towers.
- Loop pumps.
- VRF systems.