The thermal environment of data centers plays a significant role in affecting the energy efficiency and the reliability of data center operation. A dominant problem associated with cooling data centers is the recirculation of hot air from the equipment outlets to their inlets, causing the appearance of hot spots and an uneven inlet temperature distribution. Heat is generated due to the execution of tasks, and it varies according to the power profile of a task. We are looking into the prospect of assigning the incoming tasks around the data center in such a way so as to make the inlet temperatures as even as possible; this will allow for considerable cooling power savings. Based on our previous research work on characterizing the heat recirculation in terms of cross-interference coefficients, we propose a task scheduling algorithm for homogeneous data centers, called XInt, that minimizes the inlet temperatures, and leads to minimal heat recirculation and minimal cooling energy cost for data center operation. We verify, through both theoretical formalization and simulation, that minimizing heat recirculation will result in the best cooling energy efficiency. XInt leads to an inlet temperature distribution that is 2°C to 5°C lower than other approaches, and achieves about 20%-30% energy savings at moderate data center utilization rates. XInt also consistently achieves the best energy efficiency compared to another recirculation minimized algorithm, MinHR.