As hurricane season approaches, and thoughts of power outages arise, I often think about the old days in Key West. Back before there was air conditioning summer must have been pretty uncomfortable down here. In all of southern Florida, actually, summer is hot, humid, and oppressive if you don’t have a good air conditioning system in your home and car. There are people here in Key West, I know, that have green homes, with lots of shade and they claim less of a need for AC.
Unfortunately, most homes lack shade and instead sit in the open sun, soaking up the heat of the sun all day long. This is especially true in the mainland, in Southern Florida. This part of the state is mostly heavily populated urban areas with few trees per person as compared with the Florida Keys. It’s pretty much required that your home have AC in Fort Lauderdale, for example. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still be green. Fort Lauderdale air conditioning can be done with an emphasis on energy efficient appliances, practices, and maintenance if you consult an expert and do it right.
The pros will tell you that even if you’re not lucky enough to live on a shady street with a shady lawn, and must rely on your air conditioning system to survive the summers, there are lots of things you can do to be “green”.
Fort Lauderdale heating and air conditioning experts will help you save energy and money even if you’re not ready to replace your old appliances with newer ones. The same rules that apply in colder areas of the country also apply in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the Florida Keys. Seal up cracks, close off unused parts of your house, and clean or replace filters often.
Even if you can’t go totally green and ditch the AC in southern Florida, you can still do a lot towards being partially green. Every little bit helps!