Summer is here. You excited as we are about those triple-digit numbers rolling in day after day? If you haven't yet mentally prepared for the onset of another blistering Texas summer, it is time. However, while you begin to bemoan the seasonal scorching of the Lone Star State, you might as well arrange for your abode to stay as cool as possible.

Living in an underground cave would probably be your best bet at avoiding the oppressive heat. But since there don't seem to be a lot of caves currently on the market - and aside from a functioning air conditioning unit - consider the following reinforcements to weatherize your home.

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME COOL DURING A TEXAS SUMMER

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Make sure overhead fan blades are spinning counterclockwise

This creates a downdraft of cool air. Switch fans to clockwise in winter.

Seal off air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping

Good news - this could keep out the creepy crawlies as well.

Apply tint to windows

Also known as "window film", tint can help regulate indoor temperatures and reduce glare.

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Ensure proper insulation is in place

Just as insulation in walls and attics keeps out cold, it keeps out heat too.

Use blackout/thermal curtains

Lighter, thinner curtains allow more heat to seep in.

Keep shades/curtains closed during hottest parts of the day

Seems pretty self-explanatory.

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Maintain the trees around your home

Mother Nature throws shade...literally. And we're all the better for it.

Paint the outside of your home a lighter color

Darker colors absorb heat; lighter colors reflect it.

Consider roof materials that are less reactive to heat

Ever heard of a cool roof? It's a thing.

Yes, there is cost to implementing many of these at the outset. But think about the exceptional pay-off here in Texas. Investing in weatherizing your home now will bring returns of the coolest kind.

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