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Commonly Overlooked Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Florida

Commonly Overlooked Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in Florida

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Regardless of whether it is the middle of summer or the beginning of winter, Florida is known to be one of the warmest places in the United States.  With the combination of heat and humidity, it can be incredibly difficult to comfortably live in Florida without a source of cool air in your home.  Along with cooling a house in Florida comes the electric bill and since we have had a summer filled with electric bills exceeding $500 a month I thought it was time to look into some other ways to keep the cool in and the bills out.  Below are some common overlooked tips that you can use to keep your home cool throughout the year.

Window Tinting

As more home owners become aware of the benefits associated with window tinting, they have begun asking more questions pertaining to this home improvement job.  With the use of window tinting you will not only be able to protect your furniture and floors from the harmful rays from the sun, but you will also be able to keep your house several degrees cooler.  The task itself is relatively inexpensive and can help you to drastically lower your energy bills.

Air Conditioning Servicing

If you are the type of home owner who prefers to use air conditioning, it is important to remember to have your AC unit serviced on a regular basis.  If your air conditioner isn’t in tip top shape, it could be trying to overwork itself, forcing you to leave your air conditioning on for extended periods of time.  This can end up costing you a lot of money monthly.  With the ability to make sure that your AC is working, you will be able to leave it on for smaller periods of time. Obviously, whether you live in Wellington Florida or Boca Raton, there is no time for AC malfunctions during the summertime.  I found a 21 point AC inspection special from EDS for only $69.  That’s a small price to pay considering the advantages.

Insulation and Roof Sealing

One of the most common complaints amongst home owners is that their home will be cool for a few hours and then the cool air will escape somehow.  Little do they know that it could be the insulation in their home (or lack of) and/or their roof sealing.  If your home is not sufficiently insulated, all of the cool air from inside will exit your house and leave you with warm and humid air.  This is also an issue with houses that aren’t properly insulated in the winter time as the cold air will seep in through the walls and the heat will exit.  Your roof sealing is equally important as it will also help to make sure that the cool air is kept indoors.

Installing Awnings

Awnings are a great way to prevent the sun from entering your home through the windows.  The majority of the heat from outside is generated because of sunshine, therefore eliminating the amount of sun that reaches your windows is imperative for keeping your house cool.  It is also a great way to make sure that your furniture lasts longer.

Educating yourself on energy consumption is a great place to start.  If you implement some of the ideas here you should be on the path to savings….and coolings!


  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    Good tips now that I will be using air conditioning in my new home.