Tips to Keep Cool During the Summer

You truly can't ask for a more beautiful place to live than Punta Gorda, Florida. Nestled in a protected cove on the Gulf of Mexico, this small town is a mecca for sun seekers, those looking for natural beauty, and water enthusiasts, from boaters to paddle boarders. Waking up to a sunrise over the ocean every morning is the stuff dreams are made of.

Boyd Brothers serves Punta Gorda and the surrounding communities with the best HVAC services, including AC repair, air conditioning installation, and HVAC maintenance services. We are privileged to live and work here. While this part of Florida can be heaven on earth, it can get extremely warm in the dog days of summer, necessitating a top-notch AC unit and a plan to stay cool. Below, we'll offer up tips on how you can stay cool during the summer months. Contact our HVAC company today to get started!


Invest in Fans

Before air conditioning became mainstream, people relied on fans to stay cool. While fans don't change the temperature of the air like your AC unit does, the moving air itself is what cools us down when it hits our skin. Fans work wonders for cooling a room when well placed. You can place a fan in a window and another fan in another window in a different room for a cross-breeze effect. You can place a bowl of ice in front of a fan, which helps to not only chill the air but also to add much-needed moisture to the air as well. A ceiling fan works wonders as well. When you use portable fans in conjunction with your air conditioning, you'll save money because you won't have to have your AC unit doing all the work.

Wear Light-Colored Clothing

Most of us know that dark colors attract more heat. This is because dark colors absorb more light energy from the sun and reflect little off. Light colors reflect light. This means if you are wearing a black t-shirt outdoors and your friend is wearing a white t-shirt, you will be hotter. Boyd Brothers in Punta Gorda also recommends you wear loose-fitting clothes as well so your sweat can evaporate more easily.

Eat and Drink Cold Foods

When you eat warm foods, your body heats up. When you eat or drink cold foods, you cool down. By staying away from hot foods, you'll stay cooler. Also, you might want to try eating foods high in water content, such as watermelon and grapes. These will add water to your body, keeping you from being dehydrated as well.


Move Down a Level

It is very true that heat rises, so the upper levels of your home will be hotter than the lower levels. You may want to consider spending more time in your living room during the hot summer months rather than your upstairs bedroom. Let the kids make tents and sleep in the basement for comfort. The same advice holds true in the winter, just opposite. Spend more time upstairs than down because it's warmer.

Invest in an Insulation Upgrade

Insulation serves an important function in your home; it keeps the air in, be it cold air or hot air. Thus, by ensuring your insulation is up to par will help keep your home both cool and warm throughout the seasons. You can seal your windows and doors. Shutters on windows add insulation as well.

Invest in an AC Upgrade

By keeping your home cool, you'll stay cool. If your AC unit is aging, it may be time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient unit, one that will cool your home with less effort and will save you a lot of money in the long run. An AC tune-up is also a good idea in order to ensure your AC unit is effectively blowing cool air into your home. Having your ductwork inspected at the same time can also ensure minimal air is escaping in the transportation process.


Staying cool in the summer is important in order to prevent heat stroke and exacerbate any other health conditions you may have. When you partner with Boyd Brothers in Punta Gorda, we'll help you, your pets, and your family stay cool during the dog days of summer. We offer free estimates, so we can come to your home and evaluate your current cooling system. We'll test it and give you a recommendation. Your AC system may just need a tune-up, or it may need a replacement. Our Top Rated Local® HVAC company has been in business since 1984, and we'll always be honest and fair with you. Our mission is to take care of our customers and their needs. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency AC repair services since emergencies happen at any time, not just during business hours. Our professional HVAC team can help you stay cool in the summer. Call for a free estimate today!