Cooling accounts for almost 10 percent of your home’s energy use so learning about how it works can be a great first step towards reducing your energy bill. No matter what kind of cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment.

Home cooling options include room air conditioners, ductless mini-split or multi-split air conditioners, and central air conditioning. If your current cooling system is old, then consider purchasing an ENERGY STAR certified unit. It is also important that the air conditioner is sized correctly for your home; an oversized air conditioner performs less efficiently and effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit.

Did You Know?

You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.

Common Problems

  • Rooms are too hot or too cold
  • Cooling system needs frequent repairs
  • Thermostat is set at one temperature
  • Older inefficient equipment

Do-it-yourself: Tips for maintaining your cooling system

  • Set your programmable thermostat as high as is comfortable in the summer and raise the setpoint when you’re sleeping or away from home.
  • Clean or replace filters on air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
  • Have your cooling system maintained on an annual basis.
  • Use ceiling fans to keep occupied rooms cool.


Our energy advisors can help you identify ways to make your home more energy efficient and connect you to a qualified trade partner that can complete the work for you.

There is no obligation and because we are a nonprofit, you can count on our advice to be unbiased.

Call 513-562-4831 or click below to schedule a free consult.

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