By Lana Bingham
After a long and unbearably hot summer, you can hear your air conditioner crying for a break and your windows whining to be cracked open. Despite the almost annual Tampa Bay heat, there are a few ways that we can keep our homes cool without the constant use of air conditioning.
1. Decorate Your Windows: Invest in high quality shades and curtains. Light colored window treatments are best, as they will reflect the sun’s heat. New home builders Tampa Florida see a great deal of plantation shutters and even noticed some homes being built with folding windows and doors. The Javic Team had the opportunity to visit The Molding Depot’s showroom and learn more about the breezy benefits of JELD-WEN’s fiberglass folding doors for patios. Low-E window tint also helps block out solar rays.
2. Improve Your Insulation: While older homes may not be able to rely as much on this, new homes in Tampa Bay experience a better cooling system, resulting from new and improved insulation methods. As a Tampa home builder, we prefer to use block foam insulation which preserves your home’s coolness for longer periods of time.
3. Quit Burnin’ Those Bulbs: Not only will you cut down on energy costs, but your home won’t get as hot with all that extra heat radiating from light bulbs. LEDs or CFL’s emit less warmth than incandescent bulbs, while also conserving energy. Also remember to turn off other heat-producing electronics (such as televisions and video game consoles) when they are not in use.
4. Entertain Al Fresco: When the weather is warmer there is no need to be running your stove and oven every night. Cooking outdoors not only keeps your home cooler, but it also provides a great setting for dining and entertaining. New home builders Tampa FL suggest adding an outdoor kitchen and large patio to take full advantage of Tampa’s climate, read our past blog to learn more. It doesn’t get any better than taking a quick dip in the pool while your steaks are grilling nearby at your outdoor kitchen.
5. Laundry & Linens: Another tip is to save your laundry for the early morning or nighttime, when the weather is less intense. Silk or satin bed linens will also be much cooler on your skin, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep. Ceiling fans also help circulate air through your home, and you are certainly going to want one directly above your bed. Just make sure your fan blades are running in the right direction, they should be moving counter-clockwise to circulate cool air downwards.
6. Plant Some Trees: Landscaping does a lot more than just add curb appeal to your home. Trees and large plants will also provide shade for your home. Besides shade, plants also produce moisture from their leaves which will cool the air around your home. Luckily, many South Tampa neighborhoods are well shaded by oak-lined streets.
Summer can be brutal in Tampa Bay, but there are many things that can be done to beat the heat. Tampa new home builders strive to build efficient and comfortable custom homes, to learn more contact us.
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