Ways to Keep Cool in the Texas Heat

The Texas summers are getting warmer. That means it’s important to know how to avoid the heat while keeping your energy bill down. Using your air conditioning unit for prolonged periods of time may seem like the right idea in the short term, but you can take a few steps to keep cool for less.

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How to Stay Cool in the Summer

Here are six ways to avoid the heat while running your air conditioning as little as possible.

1. Wear Loose, Breathable Fabric

Wearing breathable fabric is key to staying cool without A/C. Loose cotton clothing in light colors is ideal. Areas where your clothes stick to your body can trap heat and make you feel warmer.

2. Keep Your Windows Open at Night

Sleeping in the heat can be uncomfortable. The air outside is cooler at night, so opening your windows is a great way to let some heat escape. Be sure to close them again in the morning so the cool air stays inside longer.

3. Close Unused Doors

When cool air is trapped in your home, you want it to stay there. Along with your windows, close the doors to any rooms you aren’t using. Creating a strong barrier between the rooms in your home will keep the cool air in isolated circulation.

4. Cool Down With a Wet Washcloth

When you start to feel the heat, you can soak a washcloth in cold water and apply it to your skin to cool down. Focus on pulse points like your wrists, underarms and the back of your neck.

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5. Stay Hydrated

When your body sweats, it loses moisture that keeps your organs hydrated and functioning. Replacing the water you lose frequently is the best way to stay comfortable and avoid heat stroke. To stay hydrated, be sure to drink before you actually feel thirsty in the summer.

6. Use Shutters and Solar Screens 

Installing solar screens on your home’s exterior areas is a great way to insulate the interior space. By keeping the warm ultraviolet (UV) rays outside, shutters and screens can drastically reduce the temperature of your home on hot summer days.

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Shading Texas solar screens feature a fiberglass core and vinyl coating. We further equip them with a scratch-resistant powder coating to maximize your home’s protection from heat and harsh UV rays. Contact us today to get a free estimate and stay cooler this summer!

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