5 Steps to a Cooler Home This Summer

As much as you look forward to outdoor fun in the sun this summer, keeping your Tuscaloosa, AL home cool and comfy without paying high energy bills can be a challenge. Here are a few ways you can beat the heat of summer without straining your budget.


Limit the amount of sunlight entering your home to maintain a cooler environment. Closing curtains or lowering blinds will help block out sunlight during the heat of the day. For a long term solution, consider planting shade trees at strategic locations on your property to keep your home cooler in summer.

Programmable Thermostat

Invest in a programmable thermostat. This device will automatically adjust your home’s interior temperature to coincide with your comings and goings, so you benefit from a cool home at less cost. 

Ceiling Fans

Combine the use of ceiling fans with your AC system to keep your home cooler during the heat of summer. By setting your fans to revolve counterclockwise, you’ll get the cool breezes you desire.


Have your AC serviced before summer hits in earnest to ensure you get maximum performance for the season. Annual AC maintenance and repair will extend the lifespan of your unit so you and your family can enjoy cool and comfy summers for years to come.


Limit the use of your oven during summer to reduce heat input into your home environment. Summer’s a good time to brush up on your outdoor grilling skills and experiment with new meal plans that minimize oven use for the season.

As summer approaches, you may also want to review your home insurance policy with TCU Agency, Tuscaloosa, AL, to ensure it’s up to date with your current needs. For changes or updates to your insurance coverage, talk to a TCU Agency representative today.