Cooling Tips



  • In summer, a thermostat set at 78 degrees is recommended if the home is occupied. Your kilowatt-hour usage for cooling increases approximately 3% for each degree of temperature setting below 78 degrees. During unoccupied hours, turn off the air conditioner.
  • When adjusting the thermostat, remember that the house will not warm up or cool down any faster if you crank up the thermostat past the desired temperature. Besides, it is easy to forget to turn it back, which will waste energy dollars.
  • Use ceiling fans.
  • Leave window shades, drapes and/or blinds closed during the day to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
  • Run kitchen and bath exhaust fans long enough to rid the house of unwanted vapor, smoke and odors during the summer. Running them too long allows cool air to escape.
  • Avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers at the same time an air conditioner is running.
  • Try to use the oven, dishwasher and other appliances that produce heat during the late evening and early morning.
  • A thermostat should not be located by household items that can produce heat (i.e. lamp, stereo, television)
  • Check and clean or replace air filters every month. Clean the outside condenser coil in the spring and fall.
  • Open windows during the moderate weather of spring and fall to admit outside air for cooling instead of operating air conditioning equipment.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.