01 Aug How to Care for Your Home During the Florida Summer Heat
Whether you live in Florida year-round or you’re a snowbird, you need to know how to protect your Florida home from the summer heat. It gets very hot and humid in the summer and you don’t want your home to be damaged. Here are some of the best ways you can protect your home during the Florida summer heat.
Managing the Humidity
It’s no secret; Florida gets extremely hot and humid in the summer. Just about everything in your home will be vulnerable to the impact of high humidity. It can cause mold, mildew, rust, corrosion, wood deterioration, wood warming, musty odors, flaking paint, peeling wallpaper and even insect infestation.
Normal humidity ranges from about 30% to 50%, while Florida will see 100% humidity throughout most of the summer. You can control the levels of humidity in your home and keep mold and mildew from growing by keeping moisture out. Good weather sealing of windows and doors, closing up fireplace dampers, covering any bath and kitchen vents with plastic and keeping the air conditioning running will help.
If you don’t live in Florida during the summer, set your A/C to run for a few hours per day or to keep a specific temperature in your home. It may cost you a little extra money each month, but it will be worth it in the long run. Those living in Florida for the summer will benefit from using a good dehumidifier to keep humidity under control.
Optimize Your A/C Performance
Before the summer hits, have your A/C unit cleaned and serviced. Make sure it’s in good working order and ready to go. Snowbirds will want to program the A/C unit to run during the coolest morning hours, such as 4am to 6am. This can be done with a programmable thermostat. Make sure to set the temperature low enough so that the A/C will run for two hours without stopping.
You can also use remote monitoring with a smart thermostat to check in on the temperature and humidity levels of your Florida home. This can be set up to give you automatic alerts if the temperature gets too high.
Dealing with Leaks and Flooding
Another part of Florida summers is the rain. It will rain nearly every day in Florida and some days it will rain all day. This is part of why it gets so humid and you will want to keep any water from getting into your home. If you live by the ocean, you want to be even more aware of this as salty sea air will do a number on electronics and appliances.
Hurricane season runs from June to October and even without a hurricane, this season brings torrential rain and very high winds. Before you leave for the season, make sure to inspect the windows and doors, check the flashing around your downspouts and gutters, remove any debris from the roof, turn of the water at the washing machine and hot water heater and make sure you turn off the emergency cut-off valve outside the home, as well.
Even if you’re not leaving for the season, you want to make sure your home is ready for the rain. Fill in any gaps or cracks around windows and doors with caulking and check the roof for any potential areas that could leak. You should do a full inspection of the outside of your home to ensure water cannot get in.
Dealing with the moisture, heat, and humidity of a Florida summer isn’t easy. You want to make sure your home is prepared, whether you’re staying or going.