The Tampa summers we all know and love might not officially be here quite yet, but it’s definitely getting hotter. The spiking temperatures and the increasing humidity mean that it’s time to hunker down and start to figure out how we’re going to keep our homes cool.

Usually that just means flipping the AC on as high as it will go and worrying about the cost later. If you’re comfortable doing that, then feel free! Some of us, though, aren’t willing to do that all the time. When you’re trying to save money, it feels like you can be stuck between a rock and a hard place this time of year. Should you crank the air on or try and figure out how to cut costs? It seems like one or the other.

But it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few energy-efficient ways to cool your home in Tampa from the experts at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric. We’ll help you achieve that cool and comfortable home without breaking the bank!

Ductless Mini-Split Systems

An easy way to save money is by changing out the type of air system that you have in general. While a lot of homeowners might not be willing to front the cost to replace an entire air system – and we understand the hesitation – a ductless mini-split system makes a lot of sense.

It’s quieter, requires less space to operate and is mountable anywhere. Its flexibility and versatility gives it a leg up on traditional HVAC systems. And since it’s split up into individual zones, you don’t have to waste money cooling an entire home when you just need one smaller area to be more comfortable. You can cut cooling costs dramatically while still achieving the temperature you want.

Keep Out the Sun

When there’s no high temperature to fight at all, there isn’t a need for cool air, right? So if your home never gets unbearably hot in the first place, then you’d never need to blast it with frigid AC to get it back down to manageable levels.

And what’s a bigger heat source than the sun? When it’s allowed to shine through windows and into your home all day, these rooms are understandably going to be significantly hotter than others. Invest in some blackout curtains and leave them drawn for most of the day to keep the temperatures here more tolerable.

Get the Most Out of Your Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are underrated when it comes to keeping you cool. Sometimes they’re just as effective as traditional air conditioning, but that comes with a distinct caveat: they only work if you’re in the room with them.

Fans don’t work by cooling the actual air in your home. They evaporate the moisture from your skin, making it feel like your temperature is dropping. So as long as you’re sleeping or sitting in a room with the fan on, it’ll be just as good as AC. Just make sure to turn them off when you leave, or you’ll just be wasting the energy to use them.

Acree: Tampa’s Energy-Efficient Cooling Pros

We’re always eager to help out our Tampa neighbors when they need reliable cooling service. When you’re stumped while trying to figure out how to stay comfortable during the sweltering Tampa summer, Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric is here to help!

Give us a call at (813) 530-9061 to see how else we can help!