How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

You’re hot.

No, really, we mean it.

But beating that heat can cost you some big bucks on your next utility bill.

Oh…did you think we were talking about something else?

The summer months in Florida are great for swimming, exploring, and enjoying friends and family. Unfortunately, the high temperatures can be a significant financial strain due to near-constant air conditioning use. Here are some ways you can keep your cool:

  1. Close those blinds! Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Shades and curtains can lower your indoor temperature up to 20 degrees.
  2. Dehumidify both your house and yourself. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which will leave you feeling dry and cool. Dress yourself in light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and use the same strategy for your bedsheets.
  3. If you can’t handle the heat, don’t use the kitchen. You know that wave of heat bursting out of the oven when you’re just trying to retrieve the casserole? That can have an affect not only on your face but also on the internal temperature of the house. Opt instead for using an outside grill, microwave, or crockpot. If you’ve never tried caramelizing onions in the slowcooker, we need to have a talk.
  4. Get a big fan. No, not the kind who wants autographs and demands selfies from awkward angles. Grab that pedestal fan from the back of your closet and plug that bad boy in. Pro tip: place a few frozen water bottles in front of the fan for an ultra-chill experience.
  5. Make sure you ceiling fan is spinning in the right direction. At the base of your ceiling fan you will find a switch which changes the direction of the blades. Counter-clockwise forces air down and makes you feel cooler. Clockwise circulates the air through the room and does not blow directly on you or your guests.
  6. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. You’ll reduce heat output and save money. Consider taking advantage of the heat and instead of using your clothes dryer, hang your laundry outside.
  7. Keep in mind, the first thing the sun reaches is your roof. It’s critical to have proper ventilation, like ridge vents and soffit vents, under the edge of your roof. Consider replacing your roof with a cooler colored one. Or for a less intensive fix, a flat roof can be sealed with a cooler sealant to help reflect the sun.

 

Stay cool this summer!

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