BBQs, days at the beach, dips in the pool… it’s summertime alright! But there are days when the Florida heat and humidity aren’t quite so fun and cranking up the AC seems like your best option.
We’ve all been there, there are times when you just want to turn your AC as low as it will go and forget about the energy bill until next month. But it’s important to remember that while high energy usage is bad for your wallet, it is also bad for the environment.
Check out these 8 tips that will keep you cool this summer, save you money, and help you be kind to the environment. Ready? Let’s go!
#1. Keep Your Blinds Closed
30% of the heat from outside can creep into your home through your windows. When you close your blinds, especially on the north and west-facing windows, you can save money on your electric bill, as well as keep the temperature down by at least 20 degrees.
#2. Close Rooms That Aren’t in Use
Closing off rooms that aren’t used frequently can prevent cool air from entering them during the hottest parts of the day. Remember to switch these vents closed too.
#3. Adjust Ceiling Fans
Though fans don’t cool down the air around them, they do create a wind-chill effect that makes you feel like a room is cooler. But if your fans feel like they are just pushing hot air around your home, you might need to adjust the way they are rotating.
Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise in the summer to push air downward, creating that cooling effect that we all love. Ceiling fans are great complements to air conditioning and can make a big difference to the temperature in your home when used in tandem.
#4. Seal Air Leaks
If there are hot spots around your home, they could be caused by air leaks in your ductwork or air leaks from your windows and doors. You can easily seal air leaks around doors and windows with caulking or weather-stripping, but for issues with your ductwork, you should call in a professional from Super Heat & Air for an inspection.
#5. Change Your Lightbulbs
If you are having trouble keeping your home cool and your HVAC is running efficiently, incandescent light bulbs might be to blame. Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot of heat, so switching to energy-saving LEDs could help keep your home cool and save on energy costs. It’s a win-win!
#6. Avoid Cooking Indoors
Now that summer is here, it’s time to break out the grill to avoid overheating your home when cooking. If you think it’s already hot inside your home, think about how much hotter it will get when you turn on a 400-degree oven or sauté food on the cooktop.
Try it! Keep your home cool and put your grill and outdoor furniture to good use!
#7. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can help keep your home cooler this summer and help you save on your electricity bill. Smart or programmable thermostats can be programmed to reduce the temperature a few degrees before you come home from the pool or work, so when you arrive home, it’s cool inside without wasting energy running the AC at full blast all day.
#8. Schedule HVAC Maintenance
To keep your home cool and comfortable not just in the summertime, but year-round, make sure to call on Super Heat & Air for seasonal HVAC maintenance. We check each component of your system to ensure that it is running smoothly and efficiently all summer long.
Beat the Heat with Super Heat & Air
Is your HVAC system working overtime to keep your house cool? It isn’t even the dog days of
summer yet! Don’t worry, that’s what our 5-star-rated team at Super Heat & Air is here for. With emergency HVAC repairs and seasonal HVAC maintenance, we are on call 24/7 to keep you and your family cool (813) 279-8213 .