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How to Beat the Summer Heat

Posted on Monday, July 29 2013

Step outside and it’s not hard to see (and feel) that we’re in the heart of summer.

In Florida, taking a much-needed trip to the beach or pool, stopping by the local ice cream shop and catching an indoor movie are obviously all ways to beat the blazing summer heat. But what can you do to stay cool in your home as the hot air tries to fight its way indoors? Luckily, there are some things you can do to ensure a cooler, more efficient home this summer.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that, as the temperatures rise, it’s likely your electric bill will, as well, but, you don’t have to break the bank this summer! There are a few simple steps that you can take to make sure you’re getting the most of out your air conditioning unit, saving you big chunk of change and ultimately making a huge difference in your electrical spending!

Here are a few steps to take to ensure you, your family and your home stay cool this summer:

  • Don’t use your air conditioner more than necessary. Set timers. When you’re not home, raise the temperature.
  • Don’t cool rooms that aren’t occupied. If you want to have steady airflow in an unoccupied room, try a ceiling fan instead.
  • Keep your air conditioner out of direct sunlight. How? Plant a tree over your exterior unit.
  • Change your air filter once a month during warmer months. This will ensure your unit is working as efficiently as possible.
  • Allow your air conditioning unit to “breath.” Never place furniture or drapes in front of it!
  • When the weather allows, turn off the A/C and open the windows.
  • Reduce in-house heat during the day. Save cooking, bathing, laundry and dish washing for later in the evening, when the sun isn’t creating heat in your home.
  • Keep your house closed tight during the day. This will keep any unwanted heat or humidity from getting inside your home, which could potentially counteract all of the hard work your air conditioner is doing.

Keep in mind: Winter is just a few months away! In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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