Most of us are excited for summer to be here, with warmer temperatures, sunny days and of course the beach! But we can’t forget about the maintenance our homes need to keep cool on these hot, humid days. This week we thought we’d share a few helpful tips to keep your home in tip-top shape for our crazy Texas weather.

1) Direction of ceiling blades
Did you know by adjusting the blades of your ceiling fan, it creates a cooler or warmer atmosphere? That little toggle switch on the side of your fan is there for a reason. To achieve a cooler temperature your ceiling blades should be moving counter clockwise, which will aid in pushing the breeze downward.

2) Close shades during the day
This is hard to do when we all want to enjoy the wonderful sunshine! Many pets make this a difficult process, too… But by keeping the shades or blinds closed during the day it will keep the hot sun from heating up the house and keep everything nice and cool. If you have older single-pane windows, consider insulated drapes. Insulated drapes are not just for winter – they help in the summer time too, particularly on the southern- and western-facing windows that get the most sun exposure.

3) Adjust the thermostat when you’re not home
We all love coming home to a cool house but it is more cost effective to raise the temperature when leaving for the day. If you raise the thermostat by seven to 10 degrees when you’re away from home-or lower it by that margin during the heating season-you’ll save 10 percent each year on heating and cooling costs. Using programmable thermostat to ensure this temperature change occurs regularly could be a smart investment.
Don’t have programmable thermostats? It’s a relatively affordable and DIY-friendly project. Chat with your friendly local electrical supplier or trusted hardware store – they’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

4) Clean air filters
Cleaning your A/C unit or central air filter can make a BIG difference in the cooling process of your home. What effect can a clogged or dirty A/C filter have? A dirty filter will decrease the effectiveness of your air handler system, leading to a waste of energy and higher energy bills. Also by changing the filter regularly it helps keep better air quality and fewer allergens in the air. It is recommended to check the air filter monthly and to change the filter every three months.

5) Seal and insulate your attic hatch
We don’t always think of this first as we battle to keeping our house cool, but why is it important? Since the attic gets very warm in summer months (Well above 140 degrees (F), if the hatch is not insulated and sealed properly, a lot of heat will radiate in to the house. Sealing leaks and adding insulation can minimize airflow, improve the comfort in your home and contribute to lowering your energy costs.

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