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Preparing Your Home for Summer 

A picture looking over the lake to downtown Madison in the hot summer.


As the summer months approach, it’s essential to ensure your home is ready to handle the heat efficiently. Shackelford Heating and Cooling is here to guide you through the steps to prepare your house for the summer season. From optimizing your HVAC system to enhancing energy efficiency, we’ll cover everything you need to know to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Check:

The first step in getting your home ready for summer is to schedule a professional maintenance check for your HVAC system. Shackelford Heating and Cooling offers comprehensive maintenance services to ensure your air conditioning unit is in optimal condition. Our technicians will inspect and clean the unit, check for any potential issues, and make necessary repairs to ensure maximum efficiency and performance.

Replace Air Filters:

Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. It’s recommended to replace air filters regularly, ideally every 1-3 months, depending on usage and the type of filter. We can help you choose the right filter for your system and ensure it’s replaced promptly to maintain indoor air quality and system efficiency.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat:

Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to regulate your home’s temperature more efficiently, saving energy and reducing utility bills. Our company offers a range of smart thermostat options that can be programmed to adjust the temperature based on your schedule and preferences. This ensures your home is comfortable when you’re there and saves energy when you’re away knowing how the temperature changes so often in our area.

Seal Air Leaks:

Air leaks around windows, doors, and ductwork can significantly impact your home’s energy efficiency, causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. The technicians here can conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify and seal any air leaks, helping to improve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs.

Insulate Your Home:

Proper insulation is essential for keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Shackelford Heating and Cooling offers insulation services to ensure your home is adequately insulated against heat transfer. By insulating your attic, walls, and floors, you can minimize heat gain and loss, making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient year-round.

Consider Air Duct Cleaning:

Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate in your home’s air ducts, reducing airflow and indoor air quality. We  provide professional air duct cleaning services to remove built-up contaminants and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Clean air ducts also help prevent allergies and respiratory issues, creating a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

Install Ceiling Fans:

Ceiling fans can help circulate air throughout your home, making it feel cooler without significantly increasing energy consumption. We are able to  install ceiling fans in key areas of your home to enhance airflow and improve comfort during the summer months. Additionally, using ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning can allow you to raise the thermostat setting without sacrificing comfort.

Update Your Insulation:

Insufficient insulation can cause your home to retain heat, making it more difficult to cool efficiently. Shackelford Heating and Cooling can evaluate your current insulation levels and recommend upgrades as needed. By adding or replacing insulation in key areas such as the attic, walls, and floors, you can improve energy efficiency and comfort while reducing cooling costs.


Preparing your home for summer is essential for maintaining comfort and energy efficiency during the hottest months of the year. Shackelford Heating and Cooling in the Madison area, we offer  a range of services to help you get your home ready for summer, from HVAC maintenance and air duct cleaning to insulation upgrades and thermostat installation. By taking proactive steps to optimize your home’s cooling system and energy efficiency, you can enjoy a comfortable and cost-effective summer season. Contact Shackelford Heating and Cooling today to schedule your summer readiness appointment and ensure your home is ready to beat the heat.


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