Tips to Stay Cool this Summer!

As temperatures rise in Philadelphia, staying cool is a top priority. We’re here to help you beat the heat with practical tips and energy-efficient solutions. By following these tips, you can stay comfortable while saving energy and reducing your utility bills!


Tip 1: Your air conditioner will work better if you turn on a fan

Using a fan along with your air conditioner can help move cool air around more effectively. This makes your AC work less and saves energy. You can use a box fan on the floor where cold air gathers or a ceiling fan set to rotate counterclockwise to spread cool air throughout the room.


Tip 2: Manage the sunlight and heat

Direct sunlight can heat up your home. To keep it cooler, close curtains or blinds to block the sun. To avoid adding extra heat, avoid using the oven and use a microwave instead. Try to avoid taking showers between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to prevent adding humidity to the heat, as this can make your home more uncomfortable.


Tip 3: Your home habits matter

Wearing light, loose clothing can help you stay cool. Use lights sparingly and choose LED bulbs, which give off less heat and use less energy. Keep windows closed if it’s humid outside, and use fans to circulate air instead. Set your thermostat between 73 to 75 degrees for the best comfort and efficiency.


D-I-Y Weatherization Tips

Weatherizing your home can help keep it cool in the summer, along with retaining heat in the winter. An easy do-it-yourself tip is to install door sweeps for any room with an air conditioner, minimizing cool air loss. Insulating film, available at your local hardware store, can be applied to interior windows to further insulate your home. Additionally, when purchasing an air conditioner, look for ENERGY STAR-rated units with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 8.5 or higher. These simple steps can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient year-round.

It’s also important to pick the right air conditioner for your space:

  • For 50 to 350 square feet, you’ll need 5,000 to 8,000 BTU
  • For 350 to 550 square feet, you’ll need 8,000 to 12,000 BTU
  • For 550 to 1,050 square feet, you’ll 12,000 to 18,500 BTU
  • For 1,050 to 1,600 square feet, you’ll 18,500 to 25,000 BTU


ECA is here to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay cool all summer long. For more information on how you can beat the heat, find your local Neighborhood Energy Center (NEC). Our 16 NECs are located all around Philadelphia to serve as your one-stop-shop for your energy needs! Together, we can make Philadelphia a more sustainable and energy-efficient community.

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