As DFW begins to heat up it’s time to think about how to prepare your home for Texas heat here in the metroplex. By addressing potential problems now, you’ll be set to kick back and enjoy the summer without worrying about what impact the heat is having on your house…and wallet. Keep reading for 10 Smart Ways You Can Prepare Your Home for Texas Hot Summer in DFW brought to you by Cogburn’s Heating and Air…
The fact is that extreme Texas heat can burn a hole in your wallet by hiking up your energy use. Heat here in Dallas Fort Worth can cause wear and tear on your home if you don’t take some precautions. Here’s How to Prepare Your Home for Texas Heat in Dallas Fort Worth:
10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hot Summers in DFW
Look for Leaks
Do you have a faucet that drips or a toilet that runs? Fix these now because they are wasting water and likely running up your water usage. One way to check if you have an undetected leak is to check your water meter and see if it is running when faucets are turned off. Undetected leaks, like those in a sprinkler system could be dehydrating your landscape and causing stress on your lawn.
DFW Energy Audit
A simple way to see if your home is leaking cool air outside is to check your windows and doors that lead outside for gaps and air movement. Leaking air along windows, doorways, foundations, and other areas could be making your air conditioning system work overtime. You can hire a professional like Cogburn’s Heating and Air to conduct an energy audit to identify ways to improve the efficiency of your home.
Unplug and Relax
We all do it–but did you know that keeping appliances you hardly use (or never) plugged in use up small amounts of electricity? Avoid paying too much on your electric bill by unplugging appliances when not in use, for example your toaster, blender or coffee-maker.
DFW A/C Tune-up
One of the biggest causes of your A/C working in overdrive is not changing the filter. It’s so easy to do, but it’s also so easy to forget to do! Set a reminder on your phone of when to change your system’s filter, then schedule your annual A/C tune-up by calling 940-243-9199 before the busy season kicks in so small problems now can be addressed before they turn into BIG issues later.
Every time you use your oven or stove top it is causing your home to heat up which means your A/C must work harder to cool the air inside your home. Consider using your microwave, toaster oven, or even your crockpot in the summer.
Close the Curtains
Replacing sheer curtains with double or triple layered heavy curtains can reduce heat gain inside your home by up to 77 percent!
Adding solar screens to the outside of windows can also significantly reduce heat gain inside your home. Not only are they a great investment, but they look good on your home too!
It’s a Breeze
Want to sit on the porch, but hate the heat? Install an outdoor fan that mounts to the wall. There are tons of beautiful designs to choose from and you can even get an outdoor fan with a misting element for even greater cooling effect.
DFW Thermostat Upgrade
Reduce energy bills even further and take the guesswork out by installing a smart thermostat, such as a Nest. A wifi-enabled thermostat is easily controlled by your smartphone or computer and can even learn your lifestyle and adjust themselves accordingly.
Here’s another fan tip: Set your indoor fans to “counter-clockwise” so warm air is directed up and away. Moving air helps keep temperatures constant and helps reduce how hard your A/C has to work, plus it just plain old feels good! Moving air also makes it feel like it’s cooler than it actually is which will help you save money this summer on your energy bills.
10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Texas Summers in DFW. This article covers DIY tips and suggests things a professional like Cogburn’s Heating and Air in Denton, TX which you can call at 940-243-9199 can help you with to save you money.
Have other tips to beat the heat this summer in Dallas Fort Worth? Leave a comment below!
We love sharing information from our local partners. This is a sponsored article by Cogburn’s Heating and Air, a Denton air conditioning company serving Denton and North Dallas. Any opinions expressed are our own.