Florida Living: 5 Valuable Tips to Help You Get the Most out of Your AC and Beat the Heat in Miami Beach


Famous for its wild nightlife and white sandy beaches, Miami Beach is the perfect coastal haven for the luxury homebuyer. Luxury homes in Miami Beach enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, amazing food, and all the perks of living on an island. But anyone who has ever been to Florida knows that the Sunshine State is aptly named. With temperature highs of 89°F (32°C) and lows of 78°F (25°C), Miami can often feel like an oven. And given that AC accounts for 30 to 40 per cent of your light bill, we have curated five tips to help you keep calm and save energy in your new Miami Beach home.

Block the Heat by Covering Your Windows

Many occupied homes for sale in Miami Beach have covered windows. Closing your windows and doors, especially during the hot months, can help preserve cool air within your home. Essentially, the goal is to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. You can also achieve this by placing window film over your windows to seal them without losing natural light, using blackout curtains, and keeping your shutters closed as much as possible.

Keep the Temperature at 78 Degrees or Above

It might not seem significant, but keeping your AC at 78 is a great energy saver. Every degree below this mark, especially in Miami, raises energy consumption by 8%. Conversely, every degree you can stomach above 78 lowers your consumption by 3 to 5 per cent. Usually, many people can remain comfortable at this temperature setting. But you can improve things by running fans and turning on your dehumidifier.

Install Fans in Your Home

Speaking of which, you should invest in ceiling and floor fans for your Miami Beach home. Fans are a great way to keep your home cool without using as much energy as an AC, and can help your AC consume less energy. This is especially true if you run them counterclockwise during hot months to push cool air down. Consider ceiling fans for larger rooms and floor fans for smaller rooms or direct cooling.

Keep Your AC Away from the Sun and Heat

Heat is not suitable for your AC because it can make it run harder and for longer than necessary. So, as you shield your home from the hot air outside, remember to keep your unit away from heat-producing appliances like TVs, lamps, and the sun. Consider placing your AC on the north side of your home. And if your house faces east, consider installing exterior shades or awnings or planting trees. 

Maintain Your AC Regularly

Of course, ensuring it runs properly is the ultimate way to get the most out of your AC. Schedule maintenance inspections once every year and take care of your unit for the rest of the year. Replace the air filters regularly and clean the outdoor coil whenever necessary.  

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If you haven’t already moved to Miami Beach, the Miami Beach real estate market beckons you. There are many stunning homes in different neighbourhoods, all with unique coastal charms. Contact Eloy Carmenate and Michael Duchon of Carmenate / Duchon to discuss your needs and budget.