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4 Tips to Keep your Cooling Costs Down

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Summer has started and the heat and humidity have already arrived in full force!

Home cooling costs can be sizeable during the summer months in Plainfield, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to keep cool.

Make sure your air conditioner is ready for its long job ahead and that it won’t bust your budget this year.  Follow these 4 tips to keep cool and keep your money in your pocket this summer.

1.    Change the Filter Frequently

Clogged filters are a major contributor to increased cooling (and heating) costs.  A dirty filter can cause the AC system to work twice as hard to keep the air flowing.  Dirty filters can also cause the system to overhead or blow warm air instead of cold air.  If you use your AC a lot throughout the summer, we recommend checking the filter and changing it frequently to make sure it is clear and clean.

2.    Clear the Condenser

After a long winter and spring of rain, falling leaves, snow, heavy winds garbage, debris and weeds can collect around the outside unit, the condenser.  When the condenser is crowded with leaves and junk it can cause the unit to overheat and operate less efficiently.  Make sure there is at least 2 feet of horizontal breathing room around the unit.  Make sure nothing is on top of the unit and that the top has a 6 foot horizontal breathing space.

3.    Switch Ceiling Fans to Counter-Clockwise

Ceiling fans don’t just blow a cool breeze, ceiling fans can help save money by reducing the reliance on your AC system.  During the summer, the fan should turn counterclockwise.  This motion will help move the hot air up and out of the main space while producing a chilling effect that can help make your room feel around 8 degrees cooler.

4.    Schedule Annual Service

According to the US Department of Energy, “neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.”

Without maintaining your HVAC system ensures the system will use more energy while performing worse.  It will end up costing you more money to operate a less effective system.

Sticking to an annual maintenance schedule helps to ensure your system is operating as efficiently as it can, which helps keep costs down.

BONUS TIP:  Invest in a New Energy Efficient Unit

If your HVAC system is older than 10-15 years, it requires more and more repairs every season, or your utility bills have increased, it may be time to consider installing a new energy efficient system.

A new energy efficient air conditioner will keep your home cool and comfortable even on the hottest days - and use less energy doing it.

Here to Help

The team at TR Miller Heating and Cooling is ready to help you with your HVAC needs.  If your AC requires repair save $50 on repairs over $150 now or schedule your annual maintenance if you haven’t already.  If you are interested in learning more about a new system contact us to set up a FREE estimate.