Is Your House Ready for Summer In Texas?

 

Summer is officially here, the kids are out of school and there is literally no better time to jump in feet first, host a BBQ or sleep under the stars or take that much needed vacation you’ve been talking about! With all the excitement it’s easy to forget that here in Texas our summers can be pretty brutal.

Remember Summer 2012? It was the hottest year on record ever for both Texas and the United States with temperatures peaking at 118 degrees and lasting for weeks.  And if the fact that we are only one day into Summer 2017 and we’ve already been hit with Tropical Storm Cindy is any indication of what we can expect in the coming months then it is probably a good idea to take stock to ensure that our homes and families are ready come what may this toasty Texas Summer. We’ve put together a list of the 5 simplest and most important things that you can do to get your home ready for the blistering Texas heat.

 

Beat the heat this summer in TexasMake Sure Your AC Unit Is Clean and Has a New Filter

Your air conditioning system keeps your home comfortable all summer, so it’s essential to take the best care of it. Hose off the outdoor unit so it doesn’t get too dusty. Also, change the filter once at the beginning of the season and then every month or two throughout the summer. Not only will this keep your home cleaner, but it’ll also help your AC unit operate more efficiently since it won’t have to push air through a clogged, dirty filter.

 

 

Summer Ready Homes in Texas with Renaissance Windows & DoorsCheck Your Screens and the Seals on Your Windows

Leaky windows can lead to sky-high energy bills in the summer since they let the warm air in. Check your windows, and if you notice any gaps between the window and the sash, seal them with rope caulk. Rope caulk is a sticky substance that comes in a roll and can be pressed into the crevice with your fingers. Should you ever need to remove it, all you need to do is pull it off again.

 

                                                                                                                                    

Summer ready home in Texas with Renaissance Windows & Doors

Make Sure Your Gutters are Clean and Secure

In many areas, summer means thunderstorms. You need to make sure your gutters are clear, so they can effectively drain water from your roof. Scoop any debris out with a gloved hand, and then pour a bucket of water down the gutters to rinse them clean. Also, make sure the metal fasteners that attach the gutters to your home are secure, so the gutters don’t blow off in high winds.

 

 

Summer ready homes in Texas

Wash Your Windows

Winter weather can leave a layer of grit, grime, salt and dirt on your windows. Let in the sunshine by cleaning all of the windows in your house inside and out. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Start by filling a spray bottle with a formula of white vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto your windows and let it stir for 10-15 minutes. Use a plastic bristle brush to scrub the salt from your windows. Follow up with a traditional window cleaner and squeegee to remove any remaining dirt. Start with broad horizontal strokes and finish with over lapping vertical strokes to prevent streaks.

 

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5 Ways to get your home summer ready in texas

Make Sure Your Gutters are Clean and Secure

In many areas, summer means thunderstorms. You need to make sure your gutters are clear, so they can effectively drain water from your roof. Scoop any debris out with a gloved hand. Then pour a bucket of water down the gutters to rinse them clean. Also, make sure the metal fasteners that attach the gutters to your home are secure. This will ensure that the gutters don’t blow off in high winds.

 

 

 

 

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