Summer in Texas can give you a big headache, specially if we are talking about your electricity bill.

Your air conditioning system is working for many hours making your efforts to save some money pretty useless. For that reason you need to take care of a few things that will make you breathe easy every month.

First a foremost you must check doors and windows. If doors are very worn with big gaps you have there a big problem. Same with windows: check if they are properly sealed.

Poor attic insulation is another big issue when keeping a house cool. If your house is not brand new there are big chances insulation needs to be checked.

Make sure your thermostat is in the right wall. If it’s placed by a hot window or against a wall that faces all afternoon sun, it will start more often because it “thinks” is hot inside.

Close the blinds: this allows you, not just to stop the hot from outside but also prevents the cool air be warmed by the windows. Installing ceiling fans will help moving the air into the house keeping it cool.

And going back to the thermostat is a good decision to install a smart thermostat so you can control the temperature of the house even if you are at work. This will allow you to program what time to turn on or activate it before arriving home.

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