Enjoy this Summer by Preparing Now

Summers coming! Enjoy the beautiful spring weather now, because you know what’s coming next. Hello 100 degree days and pounding sunshine. Now’s the time to think about the best ways to fight solar heat gain. Fortunately, there are a few helpful improvements you can make to your home in preparation for the heat.

Upgrade your window coverings
Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb ShadesUpgrade to the most insulating window treatments possible: Deuette Architella Honeycomb Shades.
Your windows can be responsible for up to 50% of your homes energy costs through lost heat in the winter, and baking sun coming in in the summer. Don’t let your AC run itself to death trying to keep up with the Central Texas sun- let Window Fashions of Texas install the best sun blocking shades in your windows and instantly create a barrier between your indoor space and the oven outside. Duette Architella Honeycomb shades have a patented cell in cell design that traps air and creates the highest R-value insulation of any shade available. This barrier keeps the sun heat out and keeps your precious AC cooled air in. And then in the winter, the honeycomb shades still work for you by keeping your warm house warm and the cold out.

Get the right roof for our climate
Metal roofing cools your home.Consult with a local roofing expert and they can help you find the best choice of roofing for your home and the Texas weather. The US Department of Energy recommends, “cool roofs” for hot areas of the country. A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Metal roofs are a good choice for these reasons.

One of the main reasons homeowners and commercial building owners all across the US prefer the metal roofing systems are their energy efficient properties and the money you can save in the end by making some smart choices. Chief predictions in savings include a 40% reduction in your energy costs during the summer, and a 15% reduction in the winter time.

Upgrade your thermostat
new thermostatAnother way to keep your air conditioning bills down this summer is to upgrade your thermostat. If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance your thermostat is outdated and wasting energy. Now is the time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. These devices save at least 10 percent every month on your bill, and they also help cool your home efficiently. Set it as high as possible when you leave your home during the day to cut costs. Then, when you come home, you can turn it down to cool things off. There are some types of programmable thermostats that adapt to your patterns and can adjust as needed as well.

So enjoy this summer by preparing with a few practical home improvements now.