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Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Cool and Energy-Efficient This Summer

June 1, 2024
Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Cool and Energy-Efficient This Summer

As summertime quickly approaches Palatka, FL, keeping cool becomes a priority.  However, blasting the air conditioning can lead to costly energy bills.  Well, Southern Air has news for you!  We have developed a list of our top strategies to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer while remaining energy efficient.  

  • Seal Air Leaks. 
  • Use Ceiling Fans Wisely. 
  • Upgrade Insulation. 
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat. 
  • Utilize Window Coverings. 
  • Maintain Your HVAC System. 
  • Cook Efficiently.
  • Plant Trees and Shrubs. 
  • Use Energy-Efficient Lighting. 
  • Unplug Electronics. 

Seal Leaks

To ensure your home stays cool, we recommend keeping an eye out for leaks that may let in warm air or allow cool air to escape.  Leaks can be found in window cracks, doors, or any other openings throughout the home.  To seal leaks, we suggest using weather stripping or caulk. 

Use Ceiling Fans Wisely

The direction your ceiling fans rotate can make all the difference in how it cools your home.  Ensure your fan is rotating counterclockwise in the summer to release a cool breeze.  And don’t forget to turn them off when you exit the room to conserve energy! 

Upgrade Insulation 

To keep your home cool and comfortable this summer, we couldn’t suggest investing in quality insulation more.  It acts as a barrier, keeping cool air in and warm air out.  Not only will it keep your home cool, but investing in quality insulation can be more cost-effective, as it reduces energy consumption.

Install Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is one of the best solutions to keeping your home energy efficient.  They allow homeowners to schedule their desired temperatures based on the time of day and when they’re home or away.  At Southern Air, we suggest setting your thermostat a few degrees higher when no one’s home.  This way, your HVAC unit does not need to work as hard, saving energy and money.  

Utilize Window Coverings 

During the summer, the sunlight will beam through the windows and heat the home.  To avoid this, close blinds, curtains, or shades to block it out.  This will go hand in hand with keeping your home cool, even on the hottest days. 

Maintain Your HVAC System

Proper care for your HVAC system is essential for ensuring reliability.  Regular maintenance at least once a year is recommended.  This involves many tasks, such as replacing air filters and cleaning condenser coils.  If you are looking to book an appointment, look no further than Southern Air.  We have an incredible team ready to provide your system with adequate care. 

Cook Efficiently

We suggest using your stove and oven during the cooler parts of the day.  Heat-generating appliances will add extra heat to your home.  Instead, take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy some outdoor grilling!

Plant Trees and Scrubs 

Trees and scrubs are not only great for improving indoor air quality, but they are also a great solution for providing natural shade. 

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting 

The type of light bulb you use affects how much of a carbon footprint you leave on this Earth.  We recommend replacing incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient LED bulbs. 

Unplug Electronics 

Keeping your electronics plugged in produces energy and creates unnecessary heat buildup.  To conserve energy, remember to unplug them when not in use. 

 

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Gloria G.
Gloria G.
1718673227
He was very nice as usual and also helpful with questions about the condition of my unit.
Banshee L.
Banshee L.
1718658777
as always... prompt.... well mannered and a pleasure to work with.... Southern Air has excellent technicians.... up to date equipment and quality parts on the truck if needed....
Daniel M.
Daniel M.
1718639362
Awesome thank you 😊
buddy H.
buddy H.
1718638334
This gentleman was very helpful and was very helpful and very informative and very helpful to us and we hope to see you all again We would recommend this gentleman for work to any one that has AC trouble again thanks
Jeremy P.
Jeremy P.
1718620102
Robert came out to my home on Sunday and got my system back up and going in no time.
Diana S.
Diana S.
1718413303
Jason was pleasant, professional and very straightforward. He showed us the very rusty and corroding coils and said we could keep repairing the 22 year old AC but it would be a waste of money and an ongoing and potentially hazardous decision. We are proceeding with a new AC based on his recommendation.
Timothy H.
Timothy H.
1718401835
Always professional and courteous
Julia R.
Julia R.
1718379455
Very helpful and knowledgeable.
Sue C.
Sue C.
1718326072
Knowledgeable. Easy to ask questions and get answers that make sense. Thanks Jason
joy W.
joy W.
1718305590
On time ,very polite, and very helpful .
Nadine L.
Nadine L.
1718297707
Jamal was very through, great service.
Relic Rescue U.
Relic Rescue U.
1718236906
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! In the 11th hour of boiling Florida summer temps Justin brought out a new mother board and motor for our warrantied air conditioner. While waiting for parts Southern Air also brought us a small, one room portable air cond. to get us by and at no cost. GET THE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE CONTRACT!
Hillary D.
Hillary D.
1718226061
I was so impressed with Southern Air and their promptness at coming out. I called at like 9:30 a.m and a tech was at my house by 3. Jason Klinger was our technician and he thoroughly explained everything to use and got our air back to working quickly. We were VERY pleased. Thank you Southern Air and Jason for you courtesy and detailed explanations. Very professional. I would definitely call on them again.
Karrie M
Karrie M
1718219981
I am so grateful for the help. Not only was he able to fix our AC, he helped with the warranty, educated us and even helped us undo information and practice that another repair tech (not Southern Air) told us. We are now signed up for the maintenance plan... Highly recommendThe customer service reps I've talked to were also wonderful.
gary K.
gary K.
1718190377
Thank you Southern Air & Jason. Great People & Great Service.
MELISSA M.
MELISSA M.
1718131680
Prompt service and reasonable prices! Professional service for Putnam County!
Debra D.
Debra D.
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Always on time and professional! Thank you! This company has had our a/c and heating needs since 1992!
Michael S.
Michael S.
1717943132
Justin did a very professional diagnosis and repair to my a/c system on a sunday.I am impressed with his professional attitude in getting the job done correctly.thanks justin
rhmasseyii
rhmasseyii
1717871955
Jamar took care of a disabled couple who lost their a/c late on a Friday. He not only repaired the wiring issue he also recommended replacing a part that might go out at any time. He then helped us understand about a maintenance package that would help them in the long run. Thank you Jamar and Southern Air.
George L.
George L.
1717807824
It was after hours and they showed up fast and got everything fixed thank you
Ilene L.
Ilene L.
1717773588
Technician showed up on time, very polite and positive. Highly recommend. Great company!!
Karen P.
Karen P.
1717710126
Called and had a service technician to our house in 10 minutes! Jamar was very professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I highly recommend calling Southern Air.
Amanda F.
Amanda F.
1717702679
My technician was Thomas and he was amazing! He was on time, courteous and very professional! I highly recommend using this company!
Robert M.
Robert M.
1717694412
New tech to our area... excellent service, care and outlook....did 4 units even though only 2 were on his work order...Highly recommended!!!!
Chad H
Chad H
1717620556
Awesome job. Johnny on the spot they were able to get here super fast. Got the issue solved quickly. And that is another reason I’m a customer for life.
Putnam F.
Putnam F.
1717545889
Robert is friendly, knowledgeable and fast!
Raymond W.
Raymond W.
1717520862
Jason, was very efficient very pleasant serviced my AC and did great job. Excellent
Eddie T.
Eddie T.
1717517570
Johnny was great. Professional and efficient.
Monica T.
Monica T.
1717517315
Great job, works quickly but thoroughly, provided lots of information.
Rosemary R.
Rosemary R.
1717447971
Justin is such a thorough and conscientious worker that you all.need to give him a huge raise.He went from.one part of the ac to the next and checked out all his options. We thought it was the heat strip and it turned out to be much more serious. He found the problem. We are blessed and fortunate that he was our serviceman.Thank youGod bless him and his and you and your great company.
Fred B.
Fred B.
1717429478
Couldn’t ask for better. Thanks Jason.
john K.
john K.
1717327704
Southern Air technician Justin come take care if everything, thanks for your service .
Lisa B.
Lisa B.
1717235755
The overall approachability of your concerns and care of your AC equipment
Tonya S.
Tonya S.
1717183605
Thomas Leonard very professional and friendly, hard worker !
Alley K.
Alley K.
1717177620
Great service and friendly professional service. Thank you!
Phil
Phil
1717079449
resending commendation for Jason--please do not use our cell phone for this followup service...fine to do so here...Again-- Jason was prompt--actually early :) -- very helpful and excellent job ! Please reward him bigtime !!
Pam M.
Pam M.
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“D”did a great job!! He was so respectful, professional and very knowledgeable . He even covered his shoes before entry 👍 we highly recommend this company to everyone. I appreciate the text messages too! Thank you everyone at Southern Air!!! 🌻
Lawrence Keenan, P.
Lawrence Keenan, P.
1717001982
Extremely professional, knowledgeable, and efficient. Friendly and fast.
Emma D.
Emma D.
1716976565
Justin answered all my questions, fixed my AC and had it running in no time! He was very courteous and professional!!
Nancy F.
Nancy F.
1716912902
Robert was very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. Southern Air sent him out promptly and on top of scheduling appointments 👍
Nanette W.
Nanette W.
1716834316
Johnny Thompson was the most efficient, professional,and quick technician ever. Would love to have him service our unit Everytime .
Caitlin H.
Caitlin H.
1716662860
They came out quickly, let me know when they were on their way, diagnosis was quick, and was priced reasonably. Johnny was super nice, patient as we worked to find a way to pay, and fixed the problem! Definitely will be using them again and would highly recommend! Thank you Southern Air and Johnny!
David D.
David D.
1716503719
Very fast got the ac back up and running in less than an hour
Carol B.
Carol B.
1716492238
My technician was Jamar. He was punctual, thorough and professional.
patricia T.
patricia T.
1716399572
Jason was professional, knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient. I appreciate having someone like him available to help and advise.
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