Save Money When Cooling Your Home This Summer

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This release shares money-saving tips that families can use when cooling their homes during the summer months.

Cooling your home during summer months can cost a small fortune -- but it doesn't have to. Follow these simple tips from LifeCare® and you're sure to save money.

  • If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the cooling unit (compressor). In other words, don't use the system's central fan to provide circulation. Instead use smaller fans in individual rooms; they spread the cool air effectively and typically consume less power than the fan in your central air system.
  • A room does not cool faster if you set your air conditioner's thermostat extremely low for a short time. In fact, this often results in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense. Setting the thermostat for the temperature you actually want is the most efficient and cost-effective approach.
  • Ensure that your home is insulated properly and that you seal air leaks around doors and windows. This will keep cool air inside and reduce cooling expenses.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but don't block airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10 percent less electricity than the same unit operating in the sun.
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air conditioner's thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause it to run longer than necessary.
  • You can save as much as 10 percent per year on your heating and cooling bill by simply turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours per day (such as when you're at work). You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
  • If your air conditioner or central air system is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You could save up to 50 percent on your cooling-related electricity costs. Look for ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels on new units.
  • When buying an air-conditioning unit to cool one room remember that bigger isn't necessarily better. In fact, an air conditioner that's too big for the room it's supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit. (This is because room units work better if they run for relatively long periods of time than if they are continually switching off and on. Longer run times allow air conditioners to maintain a more constant room temperature. Running longer also allows them to remove larger amounts of moisture from the air, which lowers humidity and makes you feel more comfortable.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare is a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide, offering cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom lines. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media Contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-3756

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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