Beat the Summer Heat in Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the need to find ways to stay cool in the summer. The summer heat in the Lone Star State is no joke. Temperatures can reach 100-plus consistently and make people not even want to leave their homes.

But there are ways to combat the brutal heat, and we’re here to share them with you. Here are some of the best tips to help you beat the summer heat in Texas.

Check AC Filters: Air conditioners can actually end up blowing hot air if their filters are not properly replaced or maintained. If it’s been a while since you’ve used a flashlight to inspect your AC filters, it might be a good idea to take a look and see if they need to be replaced.

**Retire the Oven: **Not forever, but at least while the temperatures outside are high. Ovens can warm houses up quickly, and on top of the heat from outside, things can get sweltering pretty quickly. Instead of using the oven to cook, try grilling outside or grabbing something cool and quick from the fridge.

Visit a Water Park: There are several water parks in Texas to choose from, and there’s even an indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge. Cool off by staying wet while also being entertained by rides and attractions throughout the day.

Wear Loose Clothing: Tight clothing will trap heat and prevent airflow. If you’re going to be outside in Texas, it’d be wise to wear light-colored, light fabrics like cotton. A hat can also be a useful tool for blocking your face from the sun.

**Timing is Everything: **Mornings and evenings are the coolest times of day in Texas while the sun is out. You can skip the hottest parts of the day by avoiding being outside in the middle of the afternoon.

Stay Hydrated: Last but certainly not least, it is important to stay hydrated as much and as often as possible. Keep water handy at all times, and even if you think you’ve had enough, drink more.