Whether you’re at home working on a project or lounging around and recuperating from a hard day’s work, you want to feel comfortable. In the summer months, that means keeping the heat out of your house and for a lot of people, the simple answer to this problem is lowering their thermostat.

The truth is, however, that your thermostat could be hurting Utah’s air quality. While great strides have been made in reducing the amount of ozone-depleting pollution emitted by air conditioners, they still aren’t perfect. Many air conditioners, especially older models, rely on harmful chlorofluorocarbons to cool the temperature.

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 How you can keep Utah’s air clear

Of course we’d never suggest you forego using air conditioning altogether. While that would reduce your carbon footprint, a more realistic change would be simply raising your thermostat by two degrees. Just two degrees on your thermostat can have a huge impact on Utah’s air. In fact, the smaller the difference between your thermostat and the outside air temperature, the bigger impact you’ll have on improving our air quality.

Not to mention, raising your thermostat to more closely mirror the temperature outside will save you some money. Just two degrees could cut both your monthly bill and emissions by over 2%. Multiply that by millions of Utahns and the numbers really start to add up.

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.

Use alternate methods to keep cool

 Just because you’re using your thermostat less doesn’t mean you can’t use other methods to keep cool. Consider opening your windows at night and then closing them in the morning to capture the cooler morning air. Strategic use of your windows will also allow for a breeze later in the day. And of course, you can always try a fan before you resort to turning your AC down.

While it might seem small, raising your thermostat by two degrees can make a big difference for Utah’s air. For more on what you can do to show UCAIR about Utah’s air, click here.