One of the reasons people love living in Florida is that temperatures stay warm nearly all year round. However, during the summer months, temperatures in the Sunshine State can reach sweltering levels, making it hard for Floridians to keep their apartment’s indoor temperatures and energy bills low.
Sick of having to choose between discomfort or spiking your utility bill in the summertime? We figured as much, which is why our property management company, Contemporary Management Concepts, LLLP, has gathered a few tips for keeping your apartment in Florida cool in the summertime!
A considerable amount of the heat bleeding into apartments from the outside gets in via windows. Accordingly, if you’ve got windows that let in direct sunlight, closing the blinds can help prevent a decent amount of heat from getting into your apartment. Additionally, if your apartment is on the ground floor, try turning your blinds upwards to prevent sun rays and heat from slipping through.
The last thing anyone wants is to wake up in a pool of their own sweat, ruining a goodnight’s sleep. Luckily, Florida apartment residents can prevent this without setting their air conditioner to an excessively low temperature all night. By swapping out thick fleece blankets and flannel bed sheets for breathable cotton versions, Floridians can avoid sweating during hot summer nights.
As the sun dips below the horizon, temperatures also begin to dip. On some evenings, temperatures may even drop enough to reach cool and refreshing levels. On particularly temperate nights, popping a few windows around the apartment and allowing the breeze to roll in may be enough to keep your place cool and comfortable all night long. Remember to close the windows and blinds when the sun comes up to avoid letting any heat in.
Maintaining adequate airflow keeps your apartment comfortably cool, and fans are the perfect tool for creating a crisp, refreshing breeze. Accordingly, you should put portable fans in the areas you spend the most time in, and turn on all the ceiling fans in the apartment. If your fans are only blowing warm air, try placing a bowl filled with ice in front of some of the blades for a few minutes. Even though it may not seem like much, placing something cold in front of a fan can help cool it down by a few degrees, making a big difference on a hot day.
Regular light bulbs radiate excess heat when they’re on. Energy-efficient bulbs, however, don’t produce nearly as much heat. By switching to energy-efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, you will not only keep your apartment cooler, but you can also lower your utility bills.
Just like how you can prevent the sun's warmth from bleeding into your apartment using your blinds, you can block even more of the sun's heat with blackout curtains. Blackout curtains are designed to block the sun's rays, keeping your room comfortably dark. However, blackout curtains' ability to deflect sunlight makes them incredibly useful for insulating your apartment from the outdoor heat. Install blackout curtains and draw them during the peak hours on summer days to effectively keep the sun’s heat out of your apartment!