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DON'T GET BURNED IN RUSH TO BUY AIR CONDITIONER; CEI OFFERS TIPS

 CLEVELAND, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The hot and humid weather is inspiring many CEI customers to purchase room or central air conditioners. But don't allow the heat of the moment to rush you into making a costly mistake, advises CEI.
 "Customers should select the most energy-efficient air conditioning unit they can afford," said Dave Adams, CEI heating and cooling specialist. "An energy-efficient unit may cost more, but it will pay you back in lower electric bills."
 Shoppers should compare the "EnergyGuide labels" found on room and central air conditioning units. The label will show an EER (Energy Efficiency Rating), as well as how much the unit will cost to operate.
 Energy-efficient air conditioners also are better for the environment because less electricity is needed to cool the same space. This means less fossil fuels are burned to generate electricity.
 For an air conditioner to work properly, it must be the correct size for the area to be cooled. "If your air conditioner is too large, it will cost more to run and will not dehumidify adequately," said Adams. "One that's too small will not provide the cooling comfort you need." Properly sizing an air conditioner depends not only on the dimensions of the rooms to be cooled, but also by the number of windows, the amount of insulation, and various other factors.
 CEI offers customers these additional tips for getting the most from their air conditioning dollars:
 -- Make home improvements. Insulating your home, weatherstripping doors and windows, installing energy-efficient windows, and adding awnings will help lower cooling bills.
 -- Consider the Add-On Heat and Cool Pump. This energy-efficient system combines with an existing furnace to supply summer air conditioning and cool-weather heating. Rebates and special rates are available. Call CEI's Heating and Cooling Line, 800-837-7979, for a free brochure.
 -- Cool naturally. During the day, keep curtains drawn and shades pulled over windows facing east, west and south.
 -- Keep it clean. Change the air conditioner's filters every month or two. You should be able to see light clearly through the filter.
 CEI customers can find more energy-saving tips in the company's "ELECTRIC Connections" newsletter, mailed each month with customers' bills.
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 /CONTACT: Todd M. Schneider of The Illuminating Company, 216-479-4905 or 216-623-1060 after hours/


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