Keeping Cool

  • Keep air conditioner filters clean
    Air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced once a month during use.
  • Maintain unobstructed airflow around vents and filters
  • Maintain 78°F (26°C)
    For every degree you lower the temperature, the energy costs rise by 6%. A temperature of 75°F (24°C) setting costs 36% more.
  • Use a programmable thermostat
    No need to run the air conditioner when no one is home. Set timers to have the air conditioning come on 30 minutes before anyone arrives home.
  • Keep doors closed
    Enter and exit your home quickly to keep cooled air in the house.
  • Install a ceiling fan in rooms that are used often
    Occupants feel as cool under a ceiling fan at 82°F (28°C) as in 77°F (25°C) still air.
  • Insulation is important
    Make sure your home has the appropriate amount of insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces.
  • Open windows at night
    Take advantage of naturally cool night air when possible.
  • Plant deciduous shade trees
    Shade trees absorb radiant heat before it warms your house and planting trees helps clean the air too.