saving money on air conditioning

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Bet you didn’t know that your air conditioner could make you money. Energy costs are skyrocketing while keeping cool on a hot day is a must. Get the best of both worlds and save money while you stay cool. Really, try this. You can see a difference on your bill.

1. Provide Shade for the Air Conditioner

A cooler air conditioner means a cooler home.

If the air conditioning unit is located outside, throw some shade on it. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an air conditioner that is in the shade will operate up to 10 percent more efficiently! Also, keep in mind that the area surrounding the air conditioner should be kept clean. This means no grass or debris to cause clutter that would clog the unit.

2. Change Air Conditioner Filters Monthly

Increase the airflow, feel the breeze.

When an air filter is dirty it restricts airflow. By replacing or cleaning the filter monthly, the air conditioner does not have to work as hard to let you feel the breeze. Not to mention that cleaning or changing the filter to the air conditioner also increases the quality of the air in the home as well. Ultimately this move increases the efficiency of the air conditioning, decreases air conditioning repair calls, all while saving money.

3. Turn Up the Temperature

Don’t run the air conditioner at lower temperatures while you are away or sleeping.

This tip may seem obvious, but it couldn’t be more helpful! Simply turn up the thermostat by as little as 2-3 degrees to the air conditioner before you leave for work or go to bed. By doing so, it is possible to save up to 9 percent for each degree increased on the air conditioning unit!

*Pro Tip: Invest in a home security system with smart home technology.

-Energy saving technology can be installed in homes to let the owner control appliances such as the air conditioner remotely. This technology lets the owner monitor and improve the efficiency of their home from any location with their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

4. Check for Air Leaks

Insulate the holes and feel your pockets get a bit deeper.

Save up to 20-30 percent of your energy costs by properly insulating your home. This can be as simple as closing bedroom doors when they aren’t in use or as extensive as sealing problematic areas with foam, caulk, or plastic. If you have an attic, be sure that it is properly ventilated. Doing so will lessen the task of cooling the home for the air conditioner. The less precious air that escapes from the home, the less the air conditioner has to work. This translates to less wasted energy and money.

5. Schedule an Air Conditioner Check Up

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Performing an air conditioner check up can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning unit by up to 40 percent! As well, scheduling regular air conditioning check ups can prevent costly air conditioning repair.

*Pro Tip: Schedule an air conditioner check up in the spring.

-Smith and Willis offers lower rates and have greater availability during the spring.