Preparing Your Home for the Florida Heat


Florida is known for its sun. It’s one of the best places where you can get a tan, enjoy the view, and meet gorgeous people. And summer is almost upon us. This means plenty of beach time. It also means lots of heat, humidity, and discomfort for anyone with an underperforming air conditioner. The summer is no time for you to be lackadaisical about your ventilation, what with the rising number of heat wave casualties in the US every year.

If you don’t want your place to become oppressively hot and humid, you need to take a few precautions, and we’ll tell you how:

Inspect Your Attic

Your attic plays a critical role in your home’s ventilation. Have your attic checked to ensure that your home stays cool during the summer. You cannot have enough insulation in your attic.

When you consider that increasing the insulation in your attic means a cooler home and hundreds of dollars saved in energy bills every year, you’ll see it’s a worthwhile investment.

Look for Air Leakages in the Home

A home or property that leaks air can cost you in two ways: heat and money. This is because air leakage will affect your unit’s efficiency, making it difficult to cool the house.

And because your AC unit has to work harder to cool a leaking home, it will consume more energy, resulting in higher energy bills. Your home should be air-tight and without leaks.

Have an expert check your insulation, weather strips, windows, wall panels and every other part of the house where there could be air leakages. Then, apply caulk around your windows, doors, and other parts of the home where there’s the possibility of air leakage.

Tune Your HVAC System

Want to find out what it’s like to be stuck in the desert without any form of respite? Wait till your air conditioning quits on you at the peak of summer. Honestly, this is one of the worst torments you can go through during in Florida’s summer.

Don’t allow this happen to you. Spring is the best time to have your ventilation and cooling unit checked. Hire a professional AC technician to check your air conditioning unit, carry out repairs, clean out filters, check condensers and ensure that when the summer comes, you will stay cool. You don’t want to find out that a cheap replacement in the spring could have saved you from a broken air conditioner in the summer.

Create Some Space Around Your External Unit

If you live in an area with lots of foliage or flowers, you’ll need to clear the area around your AC unit of any brush or vegetation. This will help discourage rodents from living in the unit, lower the chances of the surrounding shrubbery catching fire, and reduce the chances of having debris stuck in your air conditioning unit.

Ensure Your Drain Line Isn’t Clogged

Your drain line is designed to carry condensed moisture away from the home, resulting in a cooler home. So, turn on your air conditioning and see if water flows from the drain line. If it flows evenly, it means the drain isn’t clogged. If it doesn’t, then you know it has a clog, and you’ll have to clean it of any debris for the unit to work properly.

About Dexie J Wharton

Mother of 2. She drinks a lot of coffee on weekdays and she drinks wine on the weekend. She also eats a lot of chocolate, pork, and sushi.