As summer heat sets in, household debates often turn to how high or low to set the thermostat. Stay cool and save money this summer with these suggestions.

1. Install a programmable thermostat. Set times and temperatures to match your schedule. Consider setting the thermostat to turn off your air conditioner at night.

2. Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air. Fan blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction to move the air downwards and maximize air circulation so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard.

3. Replace furnace filters every three months.Clogged filters mean the furnace motors must work harder and use more energy.

4. Close the curtains. Before you leave the house, remember to close curtains and drapes, especially on south and west facing windows. Block the high summer sun and keep the home cooler.

5. Fire up the barbecue. Cooking outdoors in the summer is much more efficient than using a conventional stove, which often warms the house.                                                        Article written by Pillar to Post Home inspections

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