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Cool Home in the Summer Heat

Categories: Blog, SeaGate Homes | Posted: July 13, 2018

Summer in Florida can be HOT and expensive. In an effort to stay comfortable in our homes, most Floridians start by moving the thermostat lower, making for very high electric bills and tons of wasted electricity, but not always keeping us as cool as we would like.

SeaGate Homes has gathered some tips to help you keep your home cool and your electricity bill lower.

Maintaining the System

Regular maintenance of your system can help you find minor issues before they become larger issues and make sure your air conditioner is running to its full potential. In Florida, it is recommended to have your system checked at least 3 times a year, especially before the start of summer.
Helping keep your outdoor unit shaded can also reduce the energy the unit needs to operate. A few strategically placed trees or shrubs can shade the unit while still allowing proper air flow.

Moving the Air

Keeping the air moving will make a room feel cooler. Even mild air movement of 1 mile per hour can make your home feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler. Ceiling fans are the most effective way to move the air but any fan can help reduce heat and costs allowing you to raise your thermostat without sacrificing your comfort.
Make sure to check your ceiling fans direction, air should be blowing downward during the summer. If you have a ceiling fan/light combo, don’t forget to turn off the light when it is not needed.

Getting the Heat Out

Reducing internal heat will also lower the temperature of your home. Be sure to turn off energy-guzzling, heat-producing items when they are not in use, such as appliances, electronics and lights. Set on/off timers on appliances like coffeemakers and avoid using the dishwasher, washer and dryer, or stove and oven during the hottest part of the day. When you do cook, be sure to turn on the range fan to vent heat out of the house.
Lighting can also be a big factor in heat production. If you have incandescent lightbulbs (standard) or led lights turn them off when not in use and replace them with fluorescent bulbs when possible. Fluorescent lights produce 1/5th of the energy and heat of standard and led lights.

Keeping the Heat Out

Choose your window coverings carefully. Installing white blinds, shades or drapes will reflect the heat away from your home. And don’t forget to keep them closed, especially on the sides of the house that face the sun.
Keeping your doors and windows closed will also reduce the amount of heat that can get into your home. While you may feel you are letting the heat out, you are also letting the outdoor heat in.

Brandon Jacobs

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