How to Stay Cool During the Summer

Florida is the Sunshine State, everyone knows that. In the heights of summer, when we’re reeling from the sweltering heat, I bet many of us wish it weren’t so. People start to scramble around for ways to stay cool and beat the heat in the summer in Jacksonville, Florida. Given the current economy, people are desperately trying to keep their utility bills under control while also trying to stay cool and comfortable. Here are some tips to stay cool.

Set Your Thermostat

Try to set the thermostat at a barely comfortable temperature; just this single step will help you save a bundle on your utility bills. With the ceiling fan also running, you will not feel the heat so much. If you can, try to use only the fan, and give your air conditioner a rest. This will help not only to save money, but also to extend the life of your ac unit. You can also get a programmable thermostat; learn to program it properly so that you can reap the benefits of having your ac working at the minimum possible when you’re not at home; yet you will not be returning to a furnace-like home, but to a pleasantly cooled place. This is because when you have a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning you can also save on your utility bills, as a constant temperature is less taxing on your ac unit’s compressor than switching off and on.

Open Your Home

Open your doors and windows to let cross ventilation do its job; it can bring in much-needed fresh air, but remember the key word is “cross,” and so opening one door or window isn’t enough. You need to have two windows at least, on opposite walls to be open for the breeze to blow. This will literally bring a breath of fresh air into your home, by creating a wind tunnel effect.

Check For Insulation

It is important to check your home for insulation. Insulation is vital in our homes. It acts as a barrier to heat loss and heat gain thus keeping your home cool in the summer. If your house is not properly insulated, the energy that you use can seep out of your house through your walls, floors, ceiling and attic. Proper insulation can help reduce your energy costs and improve the comfort in your home.


You can also control the light and heat that enter your home by strategic planning of your garden; the subtle placement of trees can stop light and heat from hitting your living room during the summers, and help you save plenty in cooling costs. Ivy colored walls also help to create a buffer between your home and the sun, while also bringing healthy fresh air.

Lastly, make sure that you get your HVAC system thoroughly checked out before the onset of summer. If you have to have the air conditioner on, at least you can try and do it with maximum efficiency. A well-maintained ac unit makes for problem free summers.

Ocean State Air Conditioning and Heating has been taking care of the HVAC systems of the Florida coastal communities for the past 40 years, almost. We offer comprehensive air conditioning services. We are a family-owned and managed firm and all our technicians are factory-trained and certified. We are the air conditioning experts for new homes and old homes, existing systems that need upgrading, installations and maintenance, or service and repairs or new systems that need to be professionally installed. You can trust us to take care of your needs, as we’re the ‘company your neighbors recommend,’ as our stellar reputation demonstrates. Call us for your free estimate.

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