How to Get Your Home Prepared for Summer

May 24, 2023 | Energy Conservation & Savings, Seasonal Fun

Y’all ready to get hot? With the Texas summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to stay cool and comfortable in the extreme heat. Last summer, we saw record-breaking temperatures across the state, and this year’s forecast isn’t looking any cooler. But don’t sweat it! We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you beat the heat and keep your cool all summer long. Whether you’re an energy-conscious homeowner or just looking to escape the sweltering heat, we’ve got you covered.


Have your AC System Serviced

A major aspect of summer home preparation is air conditioner maintenance. So before the summer heat hits, it’s important to check and clean the air conditioning unit. Replace the air filter at least once every three months to ensure proper airflow and reduce energy consumption. Clean the outside unit to remove debris and ensure proper airflow. Consider hiring a professional to perform annual maintenance, including checking the refrigerant levels and cleaning the coils, to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency. After you’ve had the air conditioner serviced, consider protecting yourself from future repairs with our Air Conditioning Protection Program


Insulation and Air Leaks

One of the best ways to keep your home cool during the extreme Texas summer is by ensuring proper insulation and sealing off air leaks. Insulation keeps the cool air in and the hot air out, while air leaks can let in hot air from outside, making your air conditioning work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. To check for insulation and air leaks, start by examining your windows and doors for any visible gaps or cracks. Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal any air leaks that you find. Additionally, check your attic and walls for proper insulation, and consider adding more if necessary. By taking these steps, you can improve energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills while staying comfortable during the hot Texas summer.


Don’t let the Texas heat get you down – make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed for maximum comfort and energy savings!


Interior Cooling

When it comes to keeping cool inside, there are a few things you can do to make a big difference. Start by keeping doors and windows closed during the hottest part of the day. Draw your curtains to block out sunlight and prevent the temperature from rising.


Ceiling fans and window air conditioning units can also help you stay comfortable. Make sure your ceiling fan blades are set to rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down. If you use a window AC unit, keep it clean and close other windows and doors to prevent cool air from escaping.


Again, don’t forget to change your HVAC air filters regularly to keep your system running efficiently! This can save you money on energy costs and help keep your home comfortable. A really easy way to stay on top of this chore is to simply put furnace filters on autoship. The major online retailers have every size imaginable and can send them right to your door.


Exterior Maintenance

Keeping the area around your home well-maintained can help to keep it cool during the hot Texas summer. Start by making sure that your gutters are clean and free of debris to prevent water damage, which can make your home hotter and more uncomfortable.


Regularly trimming trees and bushes around your home can also help to keep it cool. By keeping vegetation away from your home’s exterior, you can improve air circulation and reduce the amount of heat that’s absorbed by your walls and roof.


If you have outdoor spaces like patios or decks, you can use them to your advantage by creating shaded areas. This can be as simple as using patio umbrellas or installing shade sails. If you have the space, you might also consider planting shade trees around your home to provide natural cooling. Finally, be sure to maintain your outdoor furniture by cleaning and covering it when it’s not in use.


Outdoor Living

Summers in Texas are the perfect time to enjoy outdoor living spaces. To prepare for the extreme heat, consider cleaning and maintaining your patio furniture to ensure it is ready for use.


If you have a pool, it’s important to check the chemical levels and ensure proper filtration. Proper pool maintenance will not only keep the water clean and safe but also help keep the surrounding area cool.


Outdoor cooking and grilling are also popular in Texas, but the heat can make it challenging. To beat the heat, consider using shade sails or awnings to provide protection from the sun’s rays. You could also:

  • Install misting fans or portable AC units for outdoor spaces.
  • Plant shade trees or install shade sails to provide natural shade for outdoor areas.
  • Use outdoor rugs to keep feet cool and protect against hot surfaces.
  • Invest in outdoor umbrellas or canopies for extra shade.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, and breathable clothing when outdoors.


Stay Cool This Summer With Energy Texas!

Keeping cool during the Texas summer is crucial for staying comfortable and saving energy. It is also important to make sure you don’t get overheated. By following the tips we’ve provided, you can stay cool and keep your energy bills under control. When it comes to saving money on your electricity service, Energy Texas has your back with our Freedom Flex.


Freedom Flex is a $4.95 monthly subscription that you can add to your Energy Texas electricity service. It gives you the power to view and switch between plans and rates as often as every 30 days, without any early termination fees. This means you can manage your service according to your current needs and market conditions, giving you the flexibility to get the best Freedom Flex rates possible.


Whether you’re a new or existing customer, adding Freedom Flex to your service plan is easy. With Energy Texas as your energy partner, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best Freedom Flex rates and the flexibility to manage your service according to your needs. So, sign up for Freedom Flex today and start enjoying the benefits of greater energy savings and control.

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