The past few days in Southwest Florida have been scorchers – into the low 90s. The rainy season has kicked in as well – with summer thunderstorms becoming a regular afternoon occurrence, adding humidity to the mix. But there are a number of ways to beat the heat this summer. With very little effort, you can make your home a cool place to live. By following some or all of the tips provided here you should be able to keep your cool during the summer heat.
- Be sure to keep your curtains, drapes, and verticals closed during the day to keep the sun from heating up your house.
- Small room air conditioners can be purchased from the low $200â€™s to above $500. These units are large enough to cool one room. If youâ€™re at home alone for any significant amount of days during the year and donâ€™t need to cool the entire house, these units can save quite a bit of money.
- Make sure that all air conditioning duct work that comes into contact with crawl spaces and attics is insulated.
- If the roof overhang is not sufficient to provide shade to south-facing windows, install awnings over them.
- Be careful to close doors quickly after entering or leaving your residence to prevent heat and moisture from seeping into your house.
- Ceiling fans can be used to circulate air throughout your house, making it feel cooler.
- Planting shade trees around your house can make a significant difference in the amount of sunlight that reaches the structure and consequently heats it up.
- Use mini-blinds on your windows as these can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent. But angling the slats upward instead of downward you can add indirect light to the room (and privacy!) without heating it up.
- Install â€œlow-e filmsâ€ on your windows. These are thin metal coatings for windows that block solar heat from coming into the house, but allow the light through. In the winter, low-e films keep the heat in your house.