More About Summer

The heat of summer has it's upside... Long days, barbecues, time on the lake... but that all comes at a cost. Getting in your car after it's been parked in the sun all day, constant humidity and higher home utility bills.

There are some things you can do to help keep Alabama heat at bay.

1) Turn on the bathroom fan when showering. The extra humidity from the hot water puts an extra burden on your air conditioner. Simply running the exhaust fan will increase comfort and lower your utility bills.

2) Keep the direct sunlight out by drawing blinds or closing curtains on windows with direct sun. Low E windows will keep most of the heat out while the windows curtains are open. If you are not sure what kind of windows you have, just put the back of your hand by them. If you feel the sun's heat, close the curtains.

3) If you have to cook inside on the hot days, use your hoods fan to remove the heat from cooking. On the extreme days that extra heat load can be the difference between comfort and no sleep at night.

4) Change that filter!