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How to Keep Your Home Cool this Summer

As temperatures rise and summer approaches, keeping your home cool becomes a top priority. The scorching heat can make indoor spaces uncomfortable--even unbearable at times, with the San Antonio weather! Dont worry--the pros at Alamo Handyman are here to offer you a few tips and tricks to keep your home cool amidst the summer heat.

Here are five effective strategies to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the hottest months of the year:

1. Optimize the Windows:

Windows are often the primary entry point for heat into your home. To minimize heat gain, consider purchasing good-quality, room-darkening window treatments such as heavy curtains, wooden blinds, or shades. If you opt for light-colored window coverings, it will reflect sunlight away from your home, creating an additional cooling effect. Additionally, you can install reflective window film to reduce the amount of heat that enters through your windows.

2. Use your Fans:

Ceiling fans and portable box fans are great tools for circulating air and creating a cooling breeze. During the hot Texas summers, set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise to create a downward airflow that helps cool the room. Place portable fans near windows or doorways to draw in cooler air from outside during the evening and early morning hours.

3. Upgrade Your Insulation:

This one comes at a cost, but proper insulation not only helps keep your home warm in the winter but also cool in the summer. Insulate your attic, walls, and floors to prevent heat transfer between the inside and outside of your home. Upgrading your insulation will improve comfort while also reducing energy costs by minimizing the need for excessive air conditioning.

4. Maintain Your AC:

Your air conditioning system is your best defense against summer heat, so it's essential to keep it well-maintained. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance to ensure that your system is running efficiently. Clean or replace air filters every one to three months to ensure optimal airflow and performance. You can also install a programmable thermostat to regulate temperatures and maximize your energy savings this summer!

5. Minimize Heat Sources in Your Home:

Did you know that you appliances, electronics, and lighting fixtures (besides your oven) generate heat? These devices contribute to the overall temperature of your home! To reduce heat buildup, minimize the use of heat-generating appliances during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for energy-efficient LED light bulbs that produce less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs. When possible, cook outdoors on a grill to avoid heating up your kitchen with the stove or oven.

These five tips will help keep your home cool, but in Texas, an AC is your best friend. Unfortunately, if you have poor insulation, single-pane windows, or a non-energy-efficient home, your electricity bills are going to be high every summer. By investing in high-quality windows and/or upgrading your insulation, you will be setting youreslf up for any summers of savings. Remember that your friends at Alamo Handyman are here to help you tackle this or any other home projects! There's no job too small--we do it all!

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