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Summer is no joke in Jacksonville, FL. Most people are torn between the need to try to beat the heat and keep their utility bills from climbing through the roof. You may be interested to know, then, that there are a few things you can do to stay cool this summer and still keep your energy consumption relatively low. These simple tips will help you defend yourself against the heat and high energy costs.

Exterior Window Treatments

You may not realize that covered patios, awnings, and shutters are for more than providing a relaxing exterior to your home. Installed correctly, they can keep the windows of your home in the shade for the majority of the day, effectively reducing the amount of heat that’s allowed to enter your home. That means your AC unit will have to work less to keep your home cool.

Strategic Landscaping

You might want to consider planting shade-giving trees or shrubs along the East and West sides of your home. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West so doing this will effectively protect the sides of your home from direct sunlight. You might also think about planting some trees to keep your outside AC unit out of direct sunlight to help it run more efficiently.

Use Your Ceiling Fans Correctly

If you’re one of those people that thinks ceiling fans are just for show and waste electricity, think again. Used correctly, they can take a lot of the work of cooling your home off of your air conditioning unit’s shoulders. Most ceiling fans have a "summer" and "winter" mode. Make sure your fans spin in a counter-clockwise direction and turn them on to their highest setting during the day. You’ll be surprised at how cool they can help keep your home.

For more tips to stay cool and save energy this summer, contact Abaco Air Experts at (904) 268-3800.

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