These quick stats--courtesy of Lowe's Summer 2013 publication--can help you save some cash and keep your cool as temperatures rise this summer: save-money-air-conditioning

  • Direct sunlight can raise the temperature of a room by 20 degrees; block the excess heat with drapes, reflective film or other window coverings.
  • No need to set your thermostat lower than 78 degrees.  If temps are nearing that mark, turn on a fan to make your home feel up to degrees cooler.
  • House paint won't properly dry and cure if it is hotter than 80 degrees.  Get the job done in early morning or evening hours.
  • Once temperatures reach 95 degrees, using fans and opening windows will only circulate hot air.  Give yourself permission to turn on the A/C!

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